Violence against Healthcare: The Way Forward – Part II of IRRC thematic issue

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.

Part II of the thematic IRRC issue on Violence against Health Care is now available in a pdf document on the ICRC website. The second part of the issue focuses on the legal, operational or policy measures that can be taken to improve access to medical care in volatile contexts (see here for the first part).

The table of contents for part two are found below:


Addressing violations of health care delivery

Reflections on the Colombian case law on the protection of medical personnel against punishment

Ekaterina Ortiz Linares and Marisela Silva Chau

The Vukovar Hospital case from the perspective of a national investigative judge

Miroslav Alimpic´

Dilemmas in the field: providing health care in conflict zones

The relevance of the Fundamental Principles to operations: learning from Lebanon

Sorcha O’Callaghan and Leslie Leach

Attacks on medical missions: overview of a polymorphous reality:the case of Médecins Sans Frontières

Caroline Abu Sa‘Da, Françoise Duroch and Bertrand Taithe

The way forward

Opinion Note: A way forward in protecting health services in conflict: moving beyond the humanitarian paradigm

Leonard S. Rubenstein

Q&A: ‘Health Care in Danger’: In conversation with Pierre Gentile

Selected articles on IHL and humanitarian action

The law regulating cross-border relief operations

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard

From face-to-face to face-to-screen: remote management, effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian action in insecure environments

Antonio Donini and Daniel Maxwell

The Occupied Palestinian Territory and international humanitarian law: a response to Peter Maurer

Shawan Jabarin

Reports and documents

What’s new in law and case law around the world?

Biannual update on national implementation of international humanitarian law related treaties July – December 2012

Books and articles

New publications in humanitarian action and the law

This selection is based on the new acquisitions of the ICRC Library and Public Archives

The terror courts: rough justice at Guantanamo Bay

Jess Bravin

Book review by Diane Marie Amann

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