An interesting piece on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog by independent humanitarian analyst and consultant Marc DuBois identifies differing visions for humanitarian action between himself and the ICRC’s Ricardo Fal-Dutra Santos, and argues that the sector needs to “end its lucrative love affair with solutions in the form of new guidelines, agendas and coordination platforms”.
This interesting Lawfare piece argues that the US’ and its allies’ “ambiguous” approach to law and policy in cyberspace is undermining attempts to develop clearly binding norms for State conduct in this area. The author flags the increasing gap between international law and evolving technology in cyberspace, and calls for clearer rules and enforcement mechanisms to govern behaviour […]
This East Asia Forum article suggests that – as threats to national security from radicalised internal elements increase – a more comprehensive shared vision of South Asian security cooperation will need to be built up to combat them
This moving recent Washington Post opinion piece by Robert H. Scales (retired US Army major general) emphasises the importance of today’s leaders understanding the cost of combat, and listening to those who have previously experienced it.
Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke AO, Professor Dale Stephens and Peter Sutherland have edited this forthcoming Federation Press book: Military Law in Australia covers contemporary legal practice in a military context. It is written by a stable of experts drawn from the profession, including a judicial officer, barristers, legal practitioners within Defence, legal academics, and public lawyers […]
Missing Persons in Armed Conflict Briefing and Resolution
On 11 June 2019, the UN Security Council held a briefing on “missing persons in armed conflict” under the protection of civilians agenda item, and subsequently adopted the first ever resolution on this topic. This post from What’s In Blue contextualises the lead up to the Security Council briefing, and this UN News article highlights […]
On World Environment Day (5 June), the ICRC acknowledged anew the impact of armed conflict on the environment, and highlighted the role of IHL in protecting nature from conflict.
Further to recent commentary on this issue (particularly in the US), the ICRC published this article on 24 May seeking to clarify the law around pardons and underscoring that the ICRC does not/cannot participate on matters of politics per se.
New Reflections on UN Peacekeeping
Professor Charles T. Hunt of RMIT University has recently published the following two short reflections on UN peacekeeping operations and the protection of civilians:
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