29 September 2017 08:30 - 17:30

Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention

About the conference

Conference on the ICRC updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention: Capturing 60 years of Practice

The Belgian Interministerial Commission for Humanitarian Law, The Belgian Red Cross and The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) With the support of the Belgian Society for International Law

Friday, 29 September 2017 @ Egmont Palace
Place du Petit Sablon 8 bis, 1000 Brussels


8:30 – 9:00 Registration and welcome coffee
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and general introduction Mrs Lieve Pellens, President of the Belgian Interministerial Commission for Humanitarian Law

9:15 – 9:40 The ICRC Commentaries project: objectives and outcomes
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Head of Commentaries Update Unit, ICRC Legal Division
9:40 – 10:00 Discussion

10:00 – 11:15 PANEL I. The obligation to 'ensure respect' for the Geneva Conventions
Chair: Mr Paul Berman, EU Council Legal Service
Speaker: Mrs Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands
Commentator: Mr Ola Engdahl, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden
10:50 – 11:15 Discussion
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12:45 PANEL II: Conflict classification (IAC and NIAC)
Chair: Mr Jan Wouters, University of Leuven
Speaker: Mr Dapo Akande, Oxford University
Commentator: Mrs Lone Kjelgaard, Office of Legal Affairs, NATO
12:25 – 12:45 Discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Conference lunch

14:00 – 14:10 Mr Koen Geens, Belgian Minister of Justice
14:15 – 15:15 PANEL III: the protection of the wounded and sick in both IAC and NIAC
Chair: Mr Jean-Marie Henckaerts
Speaker: Mr Vaios Koutroulis, Free University of Brussels
Commentator: Mr Titus Githiora, Kenya School of Governance
14:45 – 15:15 Discussion
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 17:00 PANEL IV: Implementation of the Geneva Conventions, including dissemination and criminal aspects – developments and novelties
Chair: Mr Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, Russian Association of International Law
Speaker: Mrs Eve La Haye, ICRC
Commentator: Mrs Laura De Grève, Belgian Red Cross (Flanders)
16:25 – 17:00 Discussion
17:00 – 17:20 Closing Remarks
Mr Didier Reynders, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Mr Pierre Apraxine, ICRC Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium


For more information please contact Mrs Mounia El Ouaar : melouaar@icrc.org

Date & Time

29 September 2017 08:30 - 17:30

Venue address

Egmont Palace
1000 Brussels