Open Call for Contributions: Exploring Common Article 3 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions

As we commemorate this year the 75th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, our blog, “Armed Groups and International Law,” invites scholars, practitioners, and experts in international humanitarian law (IHL) to contribute blog posts addressing various dimensions of Common Article 3. This foundational provision, encapsulated within the Conventions, has significantly shaped the landscape of IHL, …

Open Call for Contributions: Exploring Common Article 3 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions Read More »

News Roundup 1 – 7 April

Former combatants in CAR say they left with no way to make ends meet Healthcare in Haiti under attack by armed gangs: OCHA Security forces kill 2 Papuan rebel leaders in shootout near jointly owned US-Indonesian gold mines Anti-Assad Syrians lead protests against prison torture by rebel group Israel ‘pulls out troops’ from southern Gaza …

News Roundup 1 – 7 April Read More »

News Roundup 25 – 31 March

Two armed groups in DR Congo pledge to better protect civilians Mali: Army, Wagner Group atrocities against civilians Dozens of casualties after deadly car blast in northwest Syria Myanmar military junta blames foreign powers for backing rebel groups Middle East crisis: Israeli military says it has killed Hezbollah deputy commander – as it happened 4 …

News Roundup 25 – 31 March Read More »

News Roundup 18 – 24 March

DR Congo’s conflict-driven hunger crisis worsens as violence in east surges Myanmar government, rebels sign draft nationwide ceasefire accord ISIS claims responsibility for attack at Moscow-area concert venue that left at least 60 dead Armed groups continue terror campaign across Burkina Faso Southern African bloc renews commitment to fight armed groups in eastern Congo Gangs …

News Roundup 18 – 24 March Read More »

News Roundup 10-17 March

Red Sea crisis: US carries out six ‘self-defence’ strikes against Houthi targets Pro-Ukrainian armed groups launch incursion into Russia As army operations ramp up in Mali, rebel groups impose ‘suffocating’ blockades Gangs tighten grip as Haiti spirals to collapse Nigeria school abductions: More pupils snatched as armed hunts for missing Congo rebels block trade routes, …

News Roundup 10-17 March Read More »

Special Issue of Citizenship Studies on Aspirant States

The latest Special Issue of Citizenship Studies contains 12 contributions which use political science, international law and anthropology literature to unmoor the primacy of the nation-state as the sole entity able to confer legal identity on individuals. These contributions examine legal identity documents in entities referred to as “aspirant states” with the aim to highlight …

Special Issue of Citizenship Studies on Aspirant States Read More »

News Roundup 3 – 9 March

Haiti’s capital ‘under siege’ as armed gangs attack key infrastructure Armed groups recruit 10,000 child soldiers in Central African Republic – NGO At least 10 people killed as rebels seize a town in Congo’s conflict-his eastern region Dozens of pupils abducted by gunmen in Nigeria’s northwest UN experts say grounds to believe rape occurred in …

News Roundup 3 – 9 March Read More »

The phantom comes back: IHL abuse in Ecuador?

On January 9th, 2024, Ecuador’s Government declared the existence of non-international armed conflict (NIAC) under international humanitarian law (IHL) against 22 groups located in different detention facilities across the country. The question on this political and legal decision relates to the return of the “phantom” of the war against terrorism and the overuse of lethal …

The phantom comes back: IHL abuse in Ecuador? Read More »

News Roundup 26 February – 3 March

Mozambique: Jihadist attacks displace thousands in northern province of Cabo Delgado Hundreds of convicts escape as armed gangs storm Haiti’s main prison in Port-au-Prince UN peacekeepers begin pullout from DR Congo’s restive east India: ‘Arms down’ protest by Manipur commandos over restraint order on action against armed group Junta ‘losing control on the ground’, Myanmar’s …

News Roundup 26 February – 3 March Read More »