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Philippines: New publication on international humanitarian law

27-09-2006 News Release 06/56

The University of the Philippines Law Center has published the inaugural edition of the Asia-Pacific Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, which aims to become the primary source of up-to-date information on international humanitarian law as experienced, taught and developed in the Asia-Pacific region.


    Under the editorial direction of Prof. H. Harry L. Roque, director of the University of the Philippines’ Institute of International Legal Studies, the first issue tackles the complex relationships between the so-called “war on terrorism,” civil liberties, and international humanitarian law. It includes articles on Asia as a cradle of international criminal justice, the Khmer Rouge tribunal as a milestone in Cambodian and international law, the issue of whether to ratify the Statute of the International Criminal Court from a Thai perspective, the concept of superior responsibility under international law as applied in Indonesia, and developments relating to international humanitarian law in Malaysia, Korea and the Philippines.
Compliance with international humanitarian law is crucial to reducing as much as possible the tragic consequences of conflict. It is also consistent with the aims of the ASEAN Security Community, according to Umesh Kadam, the ICRC’s regional delegate to academic circles, who has provided technical support for the Yearbook project since its inception. “ASEAN’s 2004 Vientiane Action Programme refers to the shaping and sharing of norms, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict peace-building. International humanitarian law directly contributes to achieving these aims.”
The Yearbook will be formally unveiled at the University of the Philippines on 27 September.  
For further information, please contact:
  Michael Rudiak, ICRC Manila, tel : +632 892 8901 or +639 189 072 125
  Carla Haddad, ICRC Geneva, tel : +41 22 730 2405 or +41 79 217 32 26