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.

“Lawmaking Under Pressure” Book Symposium – A retelling of the history of internal conflicts: political fireworks, a post-script to the ‘dreaded article 1’ of API and an agenda for future research

Lawmaking under Pressure is a fascinating chronicle of the drafting history of the treaty provisions that apply to non-international armed conflict. Starting in 1863, the book asks why and how states, commonly concerned with their sovereignty – particularly regarding internal security affairs – have adopted legally binding international rules to constrain their ability to counter …

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Lawmaking Under Pressure – book symposium

Over the coming week, along with Opinio Juris blog, we are delighted to co-host a symposium on Giovanni Mantilla’s latest book, Lawmaking under Pressure: International Humanitarian Law and Internal Armed Conflict. Scholars and practitioners who will be joining the discussion include: Alonso Gurmendi, Neta Crawford, Kathryn Greenman, Alejandro Chehtman, Verity Robson, Charli Carpenter, Boyd van Dijk, Iris …

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AGIL Podcast: Legal identity and birth registration in territory controlled by armed groups – a conversation

When I was chatting to my colleague (and long-time podcast-er) Willem Janssen at Utrecht University about how to make podcasts, he said that the best thing to do was “just go for it”. I have followed his advice and this first episode of the Armed Groups and International Law podcast is the result! It is …

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Online HILAC lecture: International humanitarian law and non-state actors

Tomorrow evening, the T.M.C. Asser Institute will host a great line-up of panellists to celebrate the publication of the co-edited volume International Humanitarian Law and Non-State Actors (Asser Press). Edited by Ezequiel (co-editor of this blog), Marcos D. Kotlik and Manuel J. Ventura, the volume explores some of the roles that multiple non-state actors play …

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Civilian wings of armed groups: included within the concept of ‘non State party’ under IHL?

Laura Inigo Alvarez’s book ‘Towards a Regime of Responsibility of Armed Groups in International Law‘ emerges out of the observation that while there has been significant focus in recent years on the primary obligations of armed groups, there remains quite a degree of uncertainty regarding the secondary rules by which actions can be attributed to …

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Webinar 7 Oct 2020: non-State armed groups: people, power, policies

Wed, Oct 7, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM CEST On October 7th 2020, the ICRC will host an expert panel to discuss humanitarian organizations’ engagement to non-State armed groups (NSAGs). The discussion will provide insights on the structure, organization and operations of NSAGs. Leading experts will take stock of key trends that ICRC and …

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Human rights derogations/ restrictions in the time of COVID-19: what is their relevance in situations where an armed group or de facto entity controls territory?

As we scramble to understand how international law governs the COVID-19 crisis, it has been rightfully said that it is important not to forget the hundreds of thousands of people who are living in territories controlled by armed groups. Although international humanitarian law will undoubtedly protect the people living in these territories, some of the …

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Ceasefire in the Time of COVID-19: An opportunity for peace?

Following the ceasefire appeal launched by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 23 March 2020, a number of armed opposition actors reacted positively and declared temporary ceasefires. There is an interesting online event next week moderated by Fight for Humanity in which several conflicting parties that have answered the call for ceasefires will be invited to …

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