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

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Ezequiel Heffes is a Senior Policy and Legal Advisor at Geneva Call, a humanitarian NGO that promotes respect of humanitarian norms by armed non-State actors. He holds an LLM in IHL and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy, and a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Law. Ezequiel is currently finishing his PhD at the University of Leiden. Prior to joining Geneva Call, he worked for the ICRC in Colombia, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has widely published on different international law issues, being 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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