Upcoming Chatham House event on the classification of armed conflicts under international law

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

On 1 October 2012, there is a Chatham House event on the classification of armed conflicts under international law with Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC, Barrister, former Legal Adviser of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Philip Leach, Professor of Human Rights, Director of the Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute, London Metropolitan University, Dr Noam Lubell, Reader in the School of Law, University of Essex and Dr Sandy Sivakumaran, Lecturer in Law, University of Nottingham. Interest in the event can be registered here.

The event is timed to mark the publication a forthcoming book on the classification of armed conflicts, which is due to be published this month by Oxford University Press.

The book ‘International Law and the Classification of Conflicts’ is edited by Elizabeth Wilmshurst and divided into two parts: the first part deals with the legal questions surrounding the classification of conflicts and the second part includes 10 case studies which examine practice in relation to classification.

The contents page of the forthcoming book is found below:-

Part I
1: Elizabeth Wilmshurst: Introduction
Part II
2: Steven Haines: Evolution of Hostilities
3: Dapo Akande: Legal concepts
4: Jelena Pejic: Provisions of applicable law
Part III: Case studies
5: Steven Haines: Northern Ireland
6: Louise Arimatsu: Democratic Republic of the Congo
7: Felicity Szenat and Annie Bird: Colombia (incl. Ecuador)
8: Francoise Hampson: Afghanistan 2001 onwards
9: Iain Scobbie: Gaza
10: Philip Leach: South Ossetia
11: Mike Schmitt: Iraq 2003 onwards
12: Iain Scobbie: Southern Lebanon 2006
13: Noam Lubell: The War against Al-Qaeda’
14: Mike Schmitt: Future
Part IV
15: Elizabeth Wilmshurst: Conclusions

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