Armed Groups and International Law and Opinio Juris Joint Book Symposium on Organizing Rebellion by Tilman Rodenhäuser

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin

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.

Over the coming ten days, along with Opinio Juris, we are happy to co-host a book symposium on Tilman Rodenhäuser’s book, Organizing Rebellion: Non-State Armed Groups under International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law, published by Oxford University Press. In addition to comments from Tilman himself, we have the honor to hear from this list of renowned scholars and practitioners: Marco Sassòli, Laurie Blank, Daragh Murray, Melanie O’Brien, Mathias Holvoet, Sareta Ashraph, and Adejoke Babington-Ashaye. Ezequiel Heffes and I will also be contributing posts!

From the publisher:

The number of non-state actors, in the past not accountable for committing international crimes or violating human rights, is proliferating rapidly. Their ways of operating evolve, with some groups being increasingly fragmented and others organizing transnationally or in cyber space. As non-state armed groups are involved in the vast majority of todays armed conflicts and crisis situations, a new and increasingly important question has to be raised as to whether, and at what point, these groups are bound by international law and thereby accountable for their acts.

Breaking new ground in addressing international human rights law, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law in one swoop, Rodenhäusers text will be essential to academics and practitioners alike.

As this is a co-hosted symposium, half of the contributions will be found here at Armed Groups and International Law and the other half at Opinio Juris. We will try to cross-link, but keep an eye on both websites to follow along. We look forward to the conversation!

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