Round Table on “Global Violence: Consequences and Responses”
Celebration of the 40th anniversary of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), Sanremo, Italy, 9-11 September 2010.
Global violence is a universal scourge threatening the lives of millions of people all over the world and representing one of the major challenges of the 21st Century. The IIHL and the ICRC aim at reviewing some of the legal and practical challenges posed by contemporary armed conflicts and other situations of violence, in particular for the actors involved in deprivation of liberty.
When: 09.09.2010 - 11.09.2010
The International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) of Sanremo is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. As a humanitarian, independent and non-profit organization, the IIHL was founded in 1970 by a group of eminent lawyers from different countries with the aim of promoting knowledge and application of international humanitarian law. Renowned as being a venue for reflection and dialogue, the Institute has gained an international reputation as a centre of excellence in the field of training, research and dissemination of all aspects of international humanitarian law. More than 12.000 participants have taken part in its activities.
An official ceremony will take place under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy at the Opera Theatre of the Casino of the Municipality of Sanremo on Thursday 9th September at 10.00 am in the presence of senior representatives of governments and international organizations collaborating with the Institute. The following personalities have already confirmed their attendance: Prince Albert II from Monaco; the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger; the Minister of Justice of Italy, Algelino Alfano; the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, William Lacy Swing; the Deputy Secretary-General of NATO, Claudio Bisogniero; the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Patricia O’Brien; and, as representative of Switzerland, the General (ret.) Christophe Keckeis, former Chief of the Swiss Army.
The traditional Round Table on current problems of international humanitarian law will follow the official ceremony. The 2010 Round Table, organized in collaboration with the ICRC will address the topic of “Global Violence: Consequences and Responses”. Global violence is a universal scourge threatening the lives of millions of people all over the world and representing one of the major challenges of the 21st Century. On this occasion, the IIHL and the ICRC aim at reviewing some of the legal and practical challenges posed by contemporary armed conflicts and other situations of violence, in particular for the actors involved in deprivation of liberty. The discussion will examine any legal insufficiencies that may exist, as well as the challenges posed to the application of existing rules on the ground. A review of applicable law will thus be necessary, practical aspects will be considered and suggestions made, as appropriate, on ways in which both the law and practice could be improved.
The Round Table will consist of three main plenary sessions addressing: Contemporary forms of armed violence; Deprivation of liberty; and Individual guarantees in detention.
Dr. Baldwin De Vidts, Prof. Fausto Pocar and Prof. Michel Veuthey, Vice-Presidents of the IIHL, together with Mr. Stephane Ojeda, Legal Adviser of the ICRC, are co-ordinators of the Round Table.
See also the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo) website