The updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention – a new tool for generating respect for international humanitarian law

Since their publication in 1950s and 1980s, respectively, the Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 have become a major reference for the application and interpretation of these treaties. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), together with a team of renowned experts, is currently updating these Commentaries in order to document developments and provide up-to-date interpretations.

About the authors

Lindsey Cameron
International Committee of the Red Cross

Lindsey Cameron is a legal adviser in the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Jean-Marie Henckaerts
International Committee of the Red Cross

Jean-Marie Henckaerts is Legal Adviser in the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Head of the project to update the Commentaries on the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols of 1977.

Bruno Demeyere
International Committee of the Red Cross

Legal Adviser in the Commentaries Update Unit in the Legal Division of the ICRC

Eve La Haye
International Committee of the Red Cross

Legal Adviser in the Commentaries Update Unit in the Legal Division of the ICRC.

Heike Niebergall-Lackner
International Committee of the Red Cross

Legal Adviser in the Commentaries Update Unit in the Legal Division of the ICRC.