Public Talk: Cross-border humanitarian operations into Syria – legal and operational aspects

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Ezequiel Heffes is the Director of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict in New York. Prior to joining Watchlist, Ezequiel worked for Geneva Call as a Senior Policy and Legal Advisor and for the ICRC in various operational positions in Colombia, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He holds a PhD from the University of Leiden, an LLM in IHL and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy, and a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Law. He has widely published on different international law issues. Ezequiel is the author of Detention by Non-State Armed Groups under International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2022) and the co-editor of International Humanitarian Law and Non-State Actors. Debates, Law and Practice (Springer/Asser Press, 2020).

On 28 July 2020, Diakonia Lebanon Resource Desk for International Humanitarian Law hosted an online expert panel talk: Cross-border relief operations into Syria – legal and operational aspects. This was the first public expert debate to address cross-border and cross-line humanitarian action in Syria since 2012 with a view to contributing to the international humanitarian community’s informed decision-making and operational policies that comply with international legal standards, while honouring the imperative to help millions of Syrian civilians to remain alive and in dignity.

Speakers: Professor Michael Bothe Professor of Public Law, Goethe University Frankfurt; Ms. Misty Buswell Regional Policy, Advocacy and Communication Director, International Rescue Committee; Ms. Emanuela-Chiara Gillard Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict; Ms. Rachel Sider Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council. Moderator: Dr. Jelena Plamenac Manager of Lebanon Resource Desk for IHL, Diakonia.

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