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Welcome to your brand new Newsletter!

We would like to introduce you to our new format and design. Through the Humanitarian Law & Policy Newsletter, we will keep you informed of our latest publications, e-learning modules, upcoming conferences, and podcasts of previous events. We hope that you will enjoy following this new platform for training, research and debate on humanitarian law, policy and action.

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This month's highlight

Launch of the ICRC Online Training Center

The ICRC launched its first online course in January: an interactive journey of 3 to 5 hours, divided into 8 modules tackling the basic rules and principles of IHL! It will be available in French and English, for desktops, laptops, Android tablets and iPads. Thematic modules will then follow during the course of the year to add to this foundation course. More information here

Upcoming Events

Promoting and Protecting Education in Situations of Armed Conflict
On 14 March 2014, the ICRC, the Geneva Academy and Protecting Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) will host a joint conference on the theme of "Promoting and Protecting Education in Situations of Armed Conflict", to explore the complex impact that armed conflict often has on access to education, as well as how the latter is protected under international law. Find out more here, and register here.

If you missed it

Paul Reuter Prize Award Conference on Contemporary Challenges of Non-International Armed Conflicts

On 7 November 2013, a gathering of experts and practitioners invited to the ICRC’s Humanitarium discussed the various challenges of contemporary armed conflicts. The conference was organized in honour of Associate Professor Sivakumaran, the 10th Paul Reuter Prize Laureate, for his book ‘The Law of Non-International Armed Conflict’. Click here to listen to the audio record of the debate.

Past events

Panel discussions on New Technologies & Warfare

Moreover, launches of the Review’s edition on “New Technologies and warfare” were organised in The Hague (The Netherlands) in October and in Canberra (Australia) in November 2013, in collaboration with the Netherlands Red Cross and the Australian Red Cross respectively.

New Publications

IRRC new edition:
ICRC: 150 years of humanitarian action
The International Review of the Red Cross is pleased to announce its special issue dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the ICRC. This issue includes contributions from key personalities, including Ban Ki-moon, Kristalina Georgieva and António Guterres, sharing their perspectives on the organization. A number of articles explore the history of humanitarian action, as well as the current legal and operational challenges.
You may also check out our previous edition on "Business, Violence and Conflict" published in December 2013.
Our selection
8th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on IHL: Military Objectives and Objects of War
The 8th Annual Minerva Conference on IHL, co-organized by the ICRC delegation in Tel-Aviv, took place in Jerusalem on 24-25 November. Debates focused on questions relating to military objectives and how to practically apply the notion in today’s armed conflicts. Click here to read more on topics discussed, see the program and related call for papers of this past event. 

Jean-Pictet International Competition in IHL in Portugal (March 8th to 14th, 2014)
The Jean-Pictet Competition is a week-long training event on international humanitarian law (IHL) intended for students. It consists of “taking the law out of the books”, by simulations and role plays, allowing the jury of the Competition to evaluate teams’ theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of IHL. Today, competition’s Alumni form one of the most important international networks of professionals dealing with current humanitarian issues.
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