IHL International Conference Opening
On November 10, the IX International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law was launched at RAU. This year the conference is focused on Facing Challenges of Modern Armed Conflicts Through the Lens of IHL: New Actors, New Tasks, New Solutions. RAU Institute of Law and Politics organized the event jointly with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Armenia.
Young researchers and prominent experts in humanitarian law and political science gathered in Armenia to discuss the most pressing issues of humanitarian law. The conference aims to communicate the knowledge and professional experience to the younger generation through lectures and open discussions.
“Despite the horrors we witness today all over the world in armed conflicts, I dare express my belief that we already live in a much better world. And if I am right and that is so, it is much also thanks to the achievements of international humanitarian law, the achievements that you personally, in conferences like this one, are contributing with your intellectual, with your practical effort”, shared his hopes Lukas Gasser, the ambassador of Switzerland to Armenia, during the opening session on Thursday.
The conference expands in its scale year after year, now gathering attendees from Belarus, Brazil, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Artsakh, Russia, Serbia and Switzerland.
Among the conference guests are Dr. Nobuo Hayashi - senior legal advisor at International Law and Policy Institute (Norway), visiting lecturer at UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Prof. Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov - Professor of International Law at Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry and Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law, retired Judge of UN ICTR and ICTR/ICTY Appeals Chamber, Dr. Michael J. Strauss - Professor of International Relations at the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris.
The conference embraces several sessions: IHL and terrorism, Humanitarian Access, Humanitarian Impact of New Weapons Technologies, Memory in War, Non-State Actors and International Humanitarian Law, Issues of Environmental Protection in the Context of IHL.
Participants showcasing excellent reports will have their papers published in the IX IHL conference proceedings.
Since 2007, the IHL conference brings young researchers to discuss issues related to human rights violation, conflict resolution and international humanitarian and criminal law, military implications and the prospects of IHL development.