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ICRC Law and Policy

ICRC UPDATES ON HUMANITARIAN LAW, POLICY AND ACTION

15 December 2016

THE NOVYE ATAGI HOSPITAL ATTACK, 20 YEARS LATER

This is the personal story of a short, violent encounter that led to a long journey of recovery. How should organisations be involved in addressing the impact of violence directed at humanitarians? By Christoph Hensch, former ICRC head of office.

NATIONAL IHL COMMITTEES: AT THE HEART OF EFFORTS TOWARDS BETTER RESPECT FOR THE LAW

National IHL Committees recognized the added value of sharing experiences and challenges in peer-to-peer meetings. Report of the Universal Meeting held from 30 November to 2 December 2016 in Geneva is now online.

URBAN VIOLENCE AND THE ICRC'S HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE

The destructive force of urban violence on people’s lives and livelihoods is a major concern in many countries around the world. This violence will be one of the defining features, and key challenges, of the 21st century. New ICRC briefing paper.

PEOPLE ON WAR

The ICRC's Director of International Law and Policy Helen Durham reflects on the results from a survey conducted in 16 countries that gauges public perspectives on a range of topics related to armed conflict and IHL.

WAR IN CITIES

The ICRC recently launched its new Conference Cycle on "War in Cities" with a panel discussion on ways in which national authorities and humanitarian actors can foster respect for IHL in urban armed conflicts. Video now available.

GLOBAL COUNTER-TERRORISM MUST NOT OVERLOOK RULES OF WAR

Branding an armed group as "terrorist" does not cancel the applicability of international humanitarian law (IHL). Stéphane Ojeda on global counter-terrorism.

COMMENTARY ON FIRST GENEVA CONVENTION

The print edition of the Commentary on the First Geneva Convention is now available. This article-by-article commentary takes into account developments in the law and practice to provide up-to-date interpretations of the Convention.  

THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMANITARIAN SECTOR

The ICRC's Anja Kaspersen and Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet on how technology might reshape humanitarian relief in the coming years, and how to prepare.

TEACHING, DEBATING, RESEARCHING

 New leaflet presents the ICRC’s approach to engaging with academia and the tools available to professors, lecturers, researchers and students in order to foster respect for and implementation of IHL.

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