International Humanitarian Law

Contemporary Issues

Reflecting on our inner child through the lens of children affected by war

The newest edition of the International Review of the Red Cross ‘ examines the challenges that children are faced with when affected by armed conflict, the experiences that are lost as a result and the protections that they are morally and legally entitled to.’ read the article here

Audio lecture by Ambassador Marja Lehto

Audio lecture by Ambassador Marja Lehto, ILC Member and Special Rapporteur on the Protection of the environment in relation to the armed conflict:

A case study in IHL in action

A case study in IHL in action demonstrating the positive influence of IHL on non-State armed actors – in this case the Sudan/South Sudan, Commitment of Non-State Armed Groups against Anti-Personnel Landmines and South Sudan’s Ratification of the Ottawa Convention:

Being More than You Can Be: Enhancement of Warfighters and the Law of Armed Conflict

A recent paper from Associate Professor Rain Liivoja, School of Law, University of Queensland,
available here

US Army and Marine Corps release Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Land Warfare

Over 20 years in the making, this Handbook provides operational and legal practitioners with guidance in the appropriate conduct of land operations in accordance with the LOAC. Summarised by Just Security here, a copy of the Handbook is available here.

“Is the Future of ISIS Female?”

The New York Times has featured an article examining the increasingly important role played by women during insurgencies, which suggests that security forces are not presently prepared to adequately respond to this new reality.

“The Imperative of Integrating a Gender Perspective into Military Operations”

This recent ASPI article by Susan Hutchinson and Nathan Bradley considers Australia’s continuing work on its second National Action Plan to implement the Women, Peace and Security (“WPS”) agenda, and argues that national intelligence organisations need to take on a greater responsibility for implementing WPS.

Operational Realities of Detention in Contemporary Armed Conflict

new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog details five of the most significant operational realities observed by ICRC delegates when visiting conflict detainees in armed conflicts, namely:

  1. Strategy reasons for detaining – and the significance of taking no detainees
  2. Detainees going missing
  3. The blurring of responsibility in coalition warfare
  4. Screening of civilian populations, including IDPs, may amount to detention
  5. Overly restrictive detention regimes

‘Data as a Military Objective’

On the Australian Institute of International Affairs website, Professor Robert McLaughlin considers the developing question of whether data can be mate the object of an attack under the laws of armed conflict – available here.

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