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Ireland: Conference on contemporary challenges in international humanitarian law

07-08-2013 Feature

In October 2013, our colleagues at the Irish Red Cross will host a conference entitled ‘Contemporary Challenges in International Humanitarian Law’.  The conference will bring together experienced and emerging legal practitioners, academics, partners and students to explore the many contemporary challenges to IHL and contribute to moving the current debate forward.

In the year when the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement marks 150 years since its creation there is renewed focus on how international humanitarian law (IHL) protects civilians and the sick and injured in armed conflict.

The nature of armed conflict is constantly evolving. New technologies develop and new trends emerge, presenting new challenges for those concerned with ensuring respect for IHL.

Call for abstracts - deadline 3 September 2013

The organizers are pleased to invite 500 word (maximum) abstracts on contemporary challenges to international humanitarian law. Papers on all areas would be most welcome.  They are particularly welcome on the following themes:

  • The typology of armed conflicts and the issues arising relating to the deployment of multinational forces in operations which are diverse in scope with multifaceted operational goals.
  • The civilianization of armed conflict and the obstacles to humanitarian assistance this creates as well as the seeming abandonment of principles of precaution by some parties to armed conflicts.
  • New technologies including cyber-warfare; the use of remote controlled weapons systems and the development of automated weapons systems and autonomous systems.
  • Conflation of armed conflict and terrorism.

Abstracts should be submitted on an application form available here to the following email address: ihlconference@redcross.ie by close of business 3 September 2013.  

Authors will be informed by 12th September 2013 if their submissions have been accepted.

Who may submit

The call for abstracts is open to any interested individual.  In particular we encourage:

  • University academics
  • Masters and PhD Students
  • Staff working for Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, UN agencies, or other organizations working in the field of humanitarian action in situations of armed conflict
  • Members (or former members) of the military

There is no fee for abstract submission or for attendance at the conference.

The conference

The conference will be held in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday 17 October 2013.  RIA is located in the centre of Dublin City and is easily accessible by public transport.  Please note parking is not available at the venue.

All questions with respect to speakers, the conference location, accommodation, parking and other logistics should be addressed to: Louise Sarsfield Collins, IHL Dissemination Officer.


Louise Sarsfield Collins
Email: lscollins@redcross.ie
Telephone: +353 1 6424647