News roundup – 21 and 22 August 2014

About the author(s):

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.

Today, as the ICRC celebrates the 150th anniversary of the original Geneva Convention, it has published this video which explains the basics of international humanitarian law – Rules of war (in a nutshell). 

Peace talks resume in Cuba to address victims of Colombia’s armed conflict. 

Israel/ Gaza and the law of armed conflict: recommended readings

EJIL:Talk! Is Israel’s use of force in Gaza covered by the jus ad bellum?

Gaza: Hamas says 18 suspected informants executed. 

All Hamas leaders legitimate targets for Israeli attacks. 

Pillay castigates “paralysis” on Syria, as new UN study indicates that over 191,000 people have been killed (see here for report).

Islamic State militants pose biggest threat to US. 

Iraq crisis: some Islamic State commanders retreat to Syria. 

Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms. 

Boko Haram: justice must be done and be seen by all Nigerians to be done. 

Mali: children paying a high price in an ongoing conflict. 

Ukraine’s dying rebel capital seeks normal life against the soundscape of war. 

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