News Roundup – 24-27 June 2015

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.

Human Rights Watch report on Colombian conflict: On Their Watch: Evidence of Senior Army Officers’ Responsibility for False Positive Killings in Colombia

Gunmen attack military camp near Mauritania border

UN: DRC Rebel Group Weakened in Joint Operation

On the World Policy Blog: Reintegrating Boko Haram

UN Libya envoy meets with armed groups in support of political agreement and ‘We are getting closer to a solution,’ says UN Libya envoy, opening latest round of talks on ending crisis

Gunman storms Tunisia resort in deadly attack aimed at foreigners

ISIS claims to be behind deadly Tunisia attack

Deadly blast hits Kuwait mosque after Friday prayers

Al Shabab Militants Attack African Union Base in Somalia

U.S. Army Begins Training Ukrainian Soldiers

Mass Killings by ISIS Fighters in Syrian Kurdish Town

Syrian Kurds force ‘IS’ militants out of Kobani

Yemen’s Houthis attack oil refinery in Aden

The psychological cost of Yemen’s war

TedX talk by ICRC’s Helen Durham on IHL

Already a couple of weeks old, but still interesting:

How Boko Haram Courted and Joined the Islamic State


Public international law advisor to the Dutch government, prof. Nollkaemper, concludes that use of force (in collective self-defence) against ISIS in Syria would be legal. See here for his report (in Dutch).

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