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About the blog:

The Armed Groups and International Law blog has two main purposes: (i) ‘information sharing’ and (ii) ‘community building’ between individuals and organisations working on issues related to armed groups and international law. The blog aims to provide updates on news stories and publicize academic journal articles and seminars, talks and conferences on issues related to armed groups. Academic commentary from individuals or orgnisations on current issues, recent cases or developing issues is welcomed.  Such content will be accredited to the contributing individual or organisation, who will retain sole responsibility for the accuracy and originality of the post’s contents. The editors of the blog will reserve the discretion to decide whether contributions will be published. Katharine Fortin and Ezequiel Heffes are the editors of the blog. Andrea Farrés Jiménez is the Managing Editor and Begum Simsir is the assistant editor.

The Armed Groups and International Law blog was founded in June 2012 by Katharine Fortin. Previous editors of the blog are Dr Rogier Bartels and Dr Annyssa Bellal.

Top news stories are selected by the editors of the blog who cannot vouch for their factual accuracy. Efforts are made to ensure that news and commentary are only provided from established non-biased news providers, academics or students of international law or organisations with a humanitarian purpose.

About us:

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.

Ezequiel Heffes

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).

Andrea Farrés Jiménez

Andrea Farrés Jiménez is a qualified Spanish lawyer specialized in international humanitarian law, international security and arms control. She graduated from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2019 with a master’s in International Law. Her master’s thesis focused on the impact that new technologies and artificial intelligence have on IHL targeting principles. She worked as a legal expert for the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Spanish Permanent Mission in Switzerland and in The Netherlands, and the World Organization Against Torture, among other organizations. She has published on issues related to arms controls, gender, new technologies and the IHL targeting principles.

Begüm Simsir

Begümhan I. Simsir is a policy and research intern at the IFRC. She holds an LL.M. in IHL and human rights from the Geneva Academy. Her LL.M. thesis focused on the protection of wounded and sick hors de combat with a focus on mental health. She graduated from the Turkish German University Law School with a thesis focused on the protection of girl soldiers during and after armed conflicts. She has worked with various organizations, including Human Rights Measurement Initiative, Generation Human Rights, UNESCO, Airwars and the International Review of the Red Cross.

Disclaimer: The provision of links to websites on this blog does not constitute endorsement of these websites or their contents. The editors do not exercise editorial control over the contents of the websites and cannot guarantee their factual accuracy. The editors of the blog and/or authors posts do not take responsibility for the factual accuracy or originality of any text accredited to any other individual or organisation. The editors and authors contribute to the blog on a personal basis and the views expressed in the posts do not necessarily reflect the views of the institutions they are affiliated with.

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