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In a couple of weeks, I have the pleasure to speak at a conference organised by the ICRC and the Minerva Center for Human Rights on “Access for Humanitarian Action: Legal and Operational Challenges in Assisting and Protecting People Affected by Armed Conflict”. This 9th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law will take place on 3 and 4 November 2014 in Jerusalem. These IHL conferences always have a great combination of the academics and practitioners and benefit from the excellent local experts (take Yuval Shany or David Kretzmer) and an outspoken crowd of attendees. The organisers have a very good eye for selecting truly contemporary topics. With the recent fighting in Gaza fresh in mind, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq, this year’s topic is once again highly relevant.
The conference consists of six sessions. The first day starts with an opening session with two of IHL’s most well-known academics, Yoram Dinstein and Michael Bothe, followed by a general session on “Overviews and Overarching Themes”, featuring, e.g., Tristan Ferraro of the ICRC’s Legal Division. Day two has sessions on “UN Contexts”, “Non-International and Non-State Contexts”, “Arbitrary Withholding of Consent”, and “Humanitarian Access and Gaza”. Speakers of these sessions include Essex’s Francoise Hampson and UN OCHA’s Emanuela Gillard.