40th Anniversary of 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions: Confirmed Relevance to the Contemporary Armed Conflicts
International Conference for Young Researchers on
International Humanitarian Law
26-28 October 2017
Grand Hall of Russian-Armenian University
(123 Hovsep Emin str., Yerevan, Republic of Armenia)
Russian–Armenian University (RAU) and the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Armenia are inviting all interested persons to attend the 10th International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law, “40th Anniversary of 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions: Confirmed Relevance to the Contemporary Armed Conflicts”. The Conference will be held on October 26-28 2017 at the Russian-Armenian University.
The Conference creates a unique platform for discussion of contemporary issues and perspectives related to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) development. Every year, the event hosts prominent experts in the field of IHL.
This year, invited experts to the Conference are
Vincent BERNARD is editor-in-chief of the International Review of the Red Cross, a leading academic journal on humanitarian law, policy and action published by the ICRC and Cambridge University Press. He is also the head of the Law and Policy Forum, which leads ICRC’s engagement with expert audiences interested in teaching, researching and debating international humanitarian law (IHL). He is in charge of the Humanitarium conference center in Geneva and the new Humanitarian Law and Policy blog. Vincent Bernard joined the ICRC in 1998 and worked in the field for 6 years in Dakar, Nairobi and Jerusalem. As head of the ICRC’s field communication set-up from 2006 to 2010, he travelled and worked in the most of the ICRC’s operational contexts. Prior to joining the organization, Vincent studied political science, law and international relations at the Political Science Institute and Law Faculty in Strasburg, The King’s College, London and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and taught law at the University of Marmara in Istanbul.
François BUGNION is a Member of the Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross since 2010. He is also the Chairman of the Recruitment and Remuneration Commission and member of the ICRC Audit Commission. François Bugnion was born in 1945. He holds a BA and a PhD in political science and is an independent consultant in the fields of international humanitarian law and humanitarian action. He joined the ICRC in 1970 and served as a delegate in Israel and the occupied territories, Bangladesh, Turkey and Cyprus, and then as head of mission in Chad, Viet Nam and Cambodia. From 2000 to 2006, he was Director for International Law and Cooperation at the ICRC. He has published more than 50 books and articles, mainly on international humanitarian law and the history of the Red Cross, including The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Protection of War Victims. Mr. Bugnion has also contributed to the development of the texts of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
Ezequiel HEFFES is the Thematic Legal Advisor of Geneva Call since 2017. He participated in different research projects and has published various articles and book chapters on armed non-state actors, including in the International Review of the Red Cross and the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law. He holds an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy of IHL and HR, and a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Law. Prior to joining Geneva Call, Ezequiel worked as a field and protection delegate and as head of office for the ICRC in Colombia, Afghanistan and the DRC.
Michael J. STRAUSS, is a Ph.D. in international relations and diplomacy and professor of International Relations at the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris.
Anastasia KUSHLEYKO is the Regional Legal Advisor for the integration and promotion of international humanitarian law (IHL) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the ICRC. Anastasia worked for the ICRC Regional Delegation in Moscow before since 2001 where she was responsible for advising on issues of implementation of IHL at the national level as well as contributing to the process of promotion of IHL among academic circles of the post-Soviet countries. From 2010 to 2013, she served as Legal Director of the Stichting Russian Justice Initiative organization. Anastasia graduated summa cum laude from Tomsk State University with major in International Relations and earned two Master’s degrees - in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies (2001), and in Advanced IHL and International Human Rights Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (2007). Her research interests include international transitional justice mechanisms, human rights litigation and gender related aspects of human rights law.
Attending the Conference will give an extraordinary opportunity to meet the international experts, gain new knowledge and experience in the field of IHL, as well as to meet young researchers from different countries and create a valuable professional network. This year the Conference will involve participants and moderators from Belarus, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Armenia, Poland, Israel, Peru, Georgia, United Kingdom and other countries.
The topics of the 10th edition of the Conference are: Relationship between the Additional Protocols, International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law; Accountability for Serious Violations of IHL under the Additional Protocols; Children and War; War and the Body, War and the Mind: Legal Analysis; Protracted armed conflicts.
The working language of the Conference is English. For attending the Conference, please register by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your full name and the current position.
The registration for attendance will take place from 17 to 24 October 2017. The registered attendees with at least 80% of attendance to the sections of the Conference will receive an Observer’s certificate.
The opening will take place in the Grand Hall of the Russian-Armenian University on 26 October 2017 at 10:30 AM.