Programme Bruges Colloquium and more upcoming conferences on IHL

About the author(s):

Rogier is a researcher at the Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA) and works at the Dutch National Prosecutor’s Office. He holds LL.M-degrees from Utrecht University and the University of Nottingham. Before taking up his current positions, he was an associate legal officer in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and a legal adviser at the International Humanitarian Law Division of the Netherlands Red Cross.

Rogier is an adjunct-lecturer at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches international humanitarian law, and he co-convenes the Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict.

The (provisional) programme for the upcoming Bruges Colloquium on “Detention in Armed Conflict” (16-17 October 2014, see here for more information) is made available online.

Day 1 has four sessions, includes the following two, which are specifically relevant for the readers of this blog:


Chairperson: Knut Dörmann, ICRC Legal Division

14:00 – 14:20 Legal framework for detention by states in non-international armed conflict (Speaker: Marco Sassòli, University of Geneva)

14:20 – 14:40 Detention by non-state armed groups (Speaker: Tbc)

14:40 – 15:00 The challenges in strengthening protection for persons deprived of their liberty in non-international armed conflict (Speaker: Ramin Mahnad, ICRC Legal Division)



Chairperson: Steven Hill, NATO SG Legal Office

16:00 – 16:20 NATO operational perspective (Speaker: Andres Muñoz, SHAPE Legal Office)

16:20 – 16:40 The legal basis for detention in extraterritorial NIACs – the Mohammad Serdar Case (Speaker: Françoise Hampson, University of Essex)

16:40 – 17:00 Review of detention in extraterritorial operations (Speaker: Marten Zwanenburg, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands)

17:00 – 17:45 Discussion

Day 2 includes, e.g., a panel discussion on the interplay between IHL and IHRL when detaining in armed conflict.


Other upcoming conferences include:

* For those in the neighbourhood of Warwick (UK), the Women in War and at War Conference – Recent Developments. In a few days (18-19 September 2014), at the University of Warwick. A “Plenary Roundtable” on “Female child soldiers”, chaired by Mark Drumble, forms part of the interesting programme:

Shilan Shah-Davis (UWE), International Humanitarian Law and the “Gender” Conundrum: The Case of Female Child Soldiers (Co-author: Noelle Quénivet)

Olga Jurasz (Open University Law School), Prosecution of crimes committed against girl soldiers: recent developments, future challenges

Hugh Williams (University of Warwick), The role of girls in Syria’s fighting groups: do they bear the same responsibilities as boys?

Alexandra Mária Kiss (York University), The Case of Girl Child Combatants in Colombia

Katie Lloyd (University of Ottawa), Former Child Soldier Post-Conflict Reintegration Policy and Programme Guidelines: A Gendered Perspective


* From 12-15 October 2014, the International Society for Military Law and The Law of War organises The Flanders Fields Conference of Military Law and the Law of War. Held at and near the historic Belgian battlefields, the programme of this conference includes a discussion on legal and policy issues associated with chemical weapons, a three panels on contemporary challenges of international humanitarian law in the conduct of hostilities (with speakers such as W. Hays Parks, Geoffrey Corn and Emanuela Gillard).


* On 5-6 November 2014, in Perth (Australia), the conference From Principles to Practice: Securing compliance with the laws of war will be held. It is organised by the Australian Red Cross. Speakers include prof. Tim McCormack, (former) ICTY Judge Kevin Parker and ICTY Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz.

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