Law and Policy Events 29 May 2024 18:00 - 20:30 CEST

EVENT: The Geneva Conventions 75 years on: age-old universal values responding to contemporary challenges

Speakers & panellists

Pierre Kraehenbuehl
Opening remarks

Pierre Kraehenbuehl

Director General, ICRC

Anne Quintin
Chair

Anne Quintin

Head of the Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law, ICRC

Ayan Abdirashid Ali
Panelist

Ayan Abdirashid Ali

Researcher, University of Adelaide

Cordula Droege
Panelist

Cordula Droege

Head of the Legal Division, ICRC

Hichem Khadhraoui
Panelist

Hichem Khadhraoui

Executive Director, Center for Civilians in Conflict

Giovanni Mantilla
Panelist

Giovanni Mantilla

Associate Professor, Department of Politics and international Studies, University of Cambridge

About the event

 

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 Illustration: Anastasya Eliseeva

Illustration: Anastasya Eliseeva

While the Geneva Conventions are only 75 years old – being celebrated this year – the basic principles of humanity that they express are rooted in ancient traditions. Generations of researchers across the world have investigated the linkages between such traditions and the corresponding rules in contemporary international humanitarian law (IHL), reinforcing the understanding of IHL as a collective heritage of humankind. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is set to commemorate this significant anniversary through a series of enlightening events designed to celebrate, reflect, and educate.


Our event, "The Geneva Conventions 75 years on: age-old universal values responding to contemporary challenges," aims to spotlight the universality of the principles enshrined in the Geneva Conventions and their foundation in various cultural and historical contexts. The event will explore how these universal values of humanity and respect for human dignity have been interpreted and upheld across different cultures and legal traditions. By bringing together leading researchers, practitioners, and representatives from diverse traditions, cultures and religions, the event will foster a rich dialogue on how IHL continues to be a vital framework for addressing the challenges of modern warfare and conflict.


In doing so, we aim to engage a global audience, including the Geneva-based diplomatic community, civil society, academics, students, and media. Through a panel with experts, followed by a public discussion, this event will not only celebrate the past achievements and historical significance of the Geneva Conventions but also reinforce their continuing impact and necessity in promoting peace and humane conduct in times of war.

 

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PS. Cocktail Reception | 19:30 – 20:30 CEST.

Date & Time

29 May 2024 18:00 - 20:30 CEST

Venue address

International Committee of the Red Cross, Restaurant
In-person
19 avenue de la paix, 1202 Geneva