Conf/Prog - IX International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law - Facing Challenges of Modern Armed Conflicts Through the Lens of IHL: New Actors, New Tasks, New Solutions, 10-12 November 2016, Armenia

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The IX -th International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law

The Russian–Armenian University and the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Armenia are inviting all interested persons to attend the  IX International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law “Facing Challenges of Modern Armed Conflicts Through the Lens of IHL: New Actors, New Tasks, New Solutions”.  The Conference will take place on November 10-12 at the Russian-Armenian University(Hovsep Emin str. 123, Yerevan).

The Conference will create a unique platform for discussion of contemporary issues and perspectives related to IHL development. Every year the Conference hosts prominent experts in the field of IHL. Thus, attending the Conference will give a chance to gain knowledge and experience from advanced professors in the field of IHL. At the same time it is an opportunity to meet young researchers from different countries and create a valuable professional network. This year the Conference will attend participants from Belarus, Brazil, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Artsakh, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland and Armenia. Among the special guests of the Conference are Mr. Nobuo Hayashi, Ph.D.– Senior Legal  Advisor at International Law and Policy Institute (Norway), Visiting Lecturer at UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Mr.Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov - professor of International Law at Diplomatic Academy ofthe Russian Federation and Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law,retired Judge of UN ICTR and ICTR/ICTY Appeals Chamber, Mr. Michael J. Strauss - Professor of International Relations at the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris, Ph.D. in international relations and diplomacy at the Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies.

The main topics of the IX edition of the Conference are: IHL and Terrorism, Humanitarian Access, Humanitarian Impact of New Weapons Technologies,  Memory in War, Non-State Actors and International Humanitarian Law, as well as issues of Environmental Protection in the Context of IHL.

The working language of the Conference is English. For attending the Conference You should register by sending an e-mail to ihlconference.rau@gmail.com indicating your full name and current position.

The registration for the attendance will take place from November 1 until November 8, 11:00 am. The registered attendees will receive a certificate of attendence.

IX International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law “Facing Challenges of Modern Armed Conflicts Through the Lens of IHL: New Actors, New Tasks, New Solutions” will be held on November 10-12, 2016 in the Blue Hall of Russian – Armenian University, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia.

The Opening Ceremony will take place in the Grand Hall of the Russian-Armenian University on November 10, 2016 at 11:00 am.

Facing Challenges of Modern Armed Conflicts Through the Lens of IHL: New Actors, New Tasks, New Solutions

Conference Program

10 - 12 November 2016,Yerevan

  Venue: Russian-Armenian University

  Address: Hovsep Emin str. 123, Yerevan

 Wednesday, November 09, 2016

ARRIVAL DAY

Meeting the participants at Yerevan “Zvartnots” International Airport  (according to itinerary) and accommodation in the “Aviatrans” Hotel

18:15 - Departure from the “Aviatrans” Hotel

18:45 to 19:30 - Visit to the Russian-Armenian University. Meeting with Dr Armen DARBINYAN, Rector of the Russian-Armenian University

19:30 to 20:30 - Dinner

20:30 - Departure to the Hotel “Aviatrans”

21:00 - City tour (optional)

Thursday, November 10, 2016 

 

10:00 - Departure from the “Aviatrans” Hotel

10:30 to 11:00 - REgistration of participants

11:00 to 11:30   Official Opening Ceremony of the IX International Conference on International Humanitarian Law

MODERATOR: Lilit YEREMYAN, Head of the Chair of International Law and European Law, Russian-Armenian University, Consultant to the Minister-Chief of Staff of the Government of the Republic of Armenia

Dr Armen DARBINYAN, Rector of the Russian-Armenian University

Anastasia KUSHLEYKO,  ICRC Regional Legal Adviser for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Moscow Regional Delegation

Lukas GASSER, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland in the Republic of Armenia

Larisa ALАVERDYAN, Director of the Institute of Law and Politics of the Russian-Armenian University

11:40 to 12:00            Coffee break

PANEL 1. IHL and Terrorism

MODERATORS: Nobuo HAYASHI, Senior Legal Advisor, International Law and Policy Institute, Norway, Oslo

Ara KHZMALYAN, Lecturer at the Chair of International Law and European Law of the Russian-Armenian University, Partner of Legal Practice ADWISE Business and Legal Consulting

12:00 to 13:15

Kalika MEHTA - “Accountability Mechanism for Children Associated with Armed Groups and Armed Forces” Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Lilit MARTIROSYAN -“Problems of Correlation Between IHL and IHRL in the Context of, the So-Called, War Against Terrorism”

Russian- Armenian University

Arthur GHULYAN - “The Status of Foreign Fighters under IHL” Russian- Armenian University

Tomasz LEWANDOWSKI - Responsibility for Allowing Torture in its Own Territory. Few Remarks on Al Nashiri v Poland and Husayn v Poland” Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan

13:15 to 14:00            Lunch

PANEL 2. Humanitarian Access

MODERATORS: Anastasia KUSHLEYKO, ICRC Regional Legal Adviser for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Moscow Regional Delegation

NataliaVOUTOVA, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, Lecturer at the Chair of International Law and European Law of the Russian-Armenian University

14:00 to 15:30

Anubhav DUTT TIWARI - “Protection of IDPs in Camps in the Form of Access to Humanitarian Aid and Medical Care” O.P. Jindal Global University (India)

Bojan PEROVIC -“The Right to Health of Vulnerable Groups During Armed Conflicts” University of Hamburg

Marija MIRCHEVSKA - “Conflict Between Military Strategy and the Legal Regime Protecting Civilians in Wartime: The Case of Sieges, Starvation and Humanitarian Access” University of Edinburgh

Ilya SOBOL -“Setting the Boundaries of Impartiality and Neutrality: the Case of the UN Humanitarian Operations in Syria”

The Danish Institute for Human Rights

PANEL 3. Humanitarian Impact of New Weapons technologies

MODERATORS: Bakhtiyar TUZMUKHAMEDOV, Professor, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian-Federation, Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law

Lilit YEREMYAN, Head of the Chair of International and European Law, Russian-Armenian University,Consultant to the Minister-Chief of Staff of the Government of the Republic of Armenia

15:30 to 17:00

Katerina PITSOLI - “Cyber Warfare Operations: Applicability” of I Swansea University & Université Grenoble-Alpes

Pavel PEREPELITSA  - “Law and Policy Questions Raised with Regard to the use of Directed Energy Weapons” St. Petersburg State University

Tamta ZAALISHVILI -“Humanitarian Impact of New Weapons Technologies” Tbilisi State University

Sergei GARKUSHA-BOZHKO-“Cyber Operations in the Aspect of Rules of International Humanitarian Law” St. Petersburg State University

Mariam ANTONYAN - “Cyber-Attack in the Context of International Humanitarian Law” Russian-ArmenianUniversity 

17:00 to 17:40 

Presentation of  the Publication of  the Materials of  the VIII International Conference on IHL for Young Researchers

17:45                        Departure to the Restaurant

18:15 to 21:00       Dinner at the Restaurant

21:00                         Departure to the Hotel

21:00 to 22:30          City tour (optional)

Friday, November 11, 2016

09:30   Departure to the Genocide Museum from the “Aviatrans” Hotel

PANEL 4. Memory In War

MODERATORS:  Vladimir VARDANYAN, Advisor of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia

Ara KHZMALYAN, Lecturer at the Chair of International Law and European Law of the Russian-Armenian University, Partner of Legal Practice ADWISE Business and Legal Consulting

10:00 to 11:30

Aleksandr POPOV -“Adjudication as Memory: How Judicial Decisions Help Us to Remember” Tallinn University of Technology

Nita SHALA -“The Right to Guarantees of  Non-Repetition, as a Victims’ Right, Through International Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence and Standards”

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva)

Alina GEGAMOVA - “Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflicts: Case of Syria” National Research University - Higher School of Economics

Yana AVANESIAN - “International Legal Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict”Yerevan State University

Deborah CASALIN - “Innovation or Disruption? The Role of Human Rights Treaty Mechanisms in Ensuring Reparations for International Humanitarian Law Violations”

University of Antverp

11:30 to 12:30                       Guided tour at the Genocide Museum

12:30                                      Departure to the University

13:00 to 14:00                       Lunch at the University

PANEL 5. Non-State Actors and International Humanitarian Law

MODERATORS: Saitumbar RAJABOV, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Academic Law Journal, Tajik Academy of Sciences

Levon GEVORGYAN, Lecturer at the Chair of International Law and European Law of the Russian-Armenian University, Managing Partner, LEGELATA Law Firm                                                         

14:00 to 15:00

Michael Kurt RIEPL - “Obligations of Armed Non-State Actors Under Non-Customary Weapons Treaties, Such as the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions”

Associate in the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva), Candidate for the bar exam in the court district Nuremberg, Germany

Chiara GABRIELE - “Non International Armed Conflicts: Time to Discuss the IHL Obligation to Have Fighters Distinguishing Themselves“

TRIAL International/ Geneva Academy of IHL and Human Rights

Chiara REDAELLI - “Criminal Organisations Parties to Non-International Armed Conflicts”

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva)

15:00 to 15:15            Coffee break           

15:15 to 17:00 ICRC Side Event Expert Panel

       “Nuclear Weapons: Humanitarian and Legal Aspects”

MODERATOR: Vladimir VARDANYAN, Advisor of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia

Timeframe: 10 minutes presentation of participants and topic, presentations 20 minutes each, 35 minutes discussion

Bakhtiyar TUZMUKHAMEDOV, Professor, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law

"Nuclear Weapons: Permissions, Restrictions, and Prohibitions"

Nobuo HAYASHI, Senior Legal Advisor, International Law and Policy Institute, Norway, Oslo "Consequentialism, Deontology, and Political Courage: The Moral Grounding of a Nuclear Weapons Ban"

Anastasia KUSHLEYKO, ICRC Regional Legal Adviser for Eastern Europe and Central Asia “A Price Too High: Rethinking Nuclear Weapons in Light of Their Human Cost”

17:15 to 18:00           Dinner

18:15                          Departure to the Hotel

20:45 to 23:30           Entertainment program “KARAOKE”

Saturday, November 12, 2016

09:30         Departure to the University

PANEL 6.Environmental Protection and IHL

MODERATORS: Michael J. STRAUSS, Professor of International Relations at the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris, Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies

Aida ISKOYAN, Professor of Ecological Law, Yerevan State University, Head of the Environmental Law Resource Centre

10:00 to 11:00

Diego VALADARES VASCONCELOS NETO - Principles and Rules of International Humanitarian Law Protecting Water, Sanitation and Energy During the Conduct of Hostilities” Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Edgar MEYROYAN - “Climate Change and the Law of Armed Conflict”  Russian-Armenian University

Lily BELFER - “International Law Protecting the Environment During Armed Conflict: Gaps and Opportunities” National Research University - Higher School of Economics

Sofia ZAKHARYAN - “Protecting Natural Environment During Armed Conflicts: Gaps of International Legal Regulations and Possible Solutions” Russian-Armenian University

PANEL 7. Thinking Out of The Box: IHL After Conflict

MODERATORS: Tigran NAHAPETYAN, Lecturer at the Chair of International Law and European Law of the Russian-Armenian University, Managing Attorney at Guardian Park Law Firm

Anna MELIKYAN, Lecturer at the Chair of International Law and European Law of the Russian-Armenian University, Director of the Civil Society Institute

11:00 to 11:30

Lusine Barkhudaryan - Problems of Qualification Acts Committed During the AprilWar in Nagorno-Karabakh from the Perspective of International Humanitarian Law

Ministry of Justice of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

Mariya MILASHEVSKAYA - “Defrosting of Frozen Conflicts: Applicable Law in IHL Perspective” International University "MITSO"

11:30 to 12:15 Open Lecture - Michael J. Strauss, Professor of International Relations at the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris, Ph.D. in International Relations

12:15 to 12:30 Coffee break

12:30 to 13:30  General conclusion of the Conference and adoption of the Conference Resolution   

13:30 to 14:15  Open Lecture - Diego ValadaresVasconcelosNeto, Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)

14:15 to 15:00  Official Closing Ceremony of the IX International Conference onInternational Humanitarian Law

MODERATOR: Lilit YEREMYAN, Head of the Chair of International Law and European Law, Russian-Armenian University, Consultant to the Minister-Chief of Government Staff of the Republic of Armenia

Dr Armen DARBINYAN, Rector of the Russian-Armenian University

Caroline DOUILLIEZ,  Head of the ICRC Delegation in Armenia

 15:15 to 16:00 Lunch

16:05 Departure to Ararat Brandy Company Museum

16:30 to 17:30 Guided tour at the Ararat Brandy Company Museum

17:00 Departure to the Hotel

19:00 Banquet on the event of closing of the IX International Conference on IHL for Young Researchers at the “Kilikia” Restaurant 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

DEPARTURE DAY

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