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.

Podcast recommendations – legal, non legal and pure escape

As an academic, I’m often the one imparting information in the form of lectures and curating discussions among students. Podcasts give me the joy of switching roles and becoming the audience: listening to other people drawing out discussions and opinions, hearing stories unfurl and learning about lives on the other side of the world. In …

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Legal Roundup – 2019

We are very pleased to present the legal roundup for 2019, that contains publications on issues related armed groups and international law, non-international armed conflict and the relationship between IHL and IHRL. If you have a 2019 publication which you think should be included in this roundup, please do not hesitate to contact me at …

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CfP: The Rule of Law from Below: Individuals and Civil Society as Protectors of the Rule of Law in Troubled Times

On 29 October 2020, Utrecht University’s Montaigne Centre for the Rule of Law and Administration of Justice, together with the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), will host a conference that shifts the focus to the role of individuals and civil society in responding to threats to the rule of law. The purpose of the …

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LawPod: non-State armed groups, human rights and international law

In November, Dr. Luke Moffett kindly invited me to Queen’s University Belfast to give a lecture on ‘armed groups and international law: engaging on values and building ownership’. While I was there, we recorded a LawPod podcast on non-state armed groups, human rights and international law – discussing the added value of human rights law, …

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Yearbook of International Disaster Law – call for abstracts

Please see the link here for a call for abstracts for Issue no. 2 of the Yearbook of International Disaster Law (Brill). The deadline is 31st October 2019. The Yearbook of International Disaster Law (YIDL) aims to foster the interest of academics and practitioners on legal and institutional issues relevant to all forms of natural, …

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Armed Groups and International Law and Opinio Juris Joint Book Symposium on Organizing Rebellion by Tilman Rodenhäuser

Over the coming ten days, along with Opinio Juris, we are happy to co-host a book symposium on Tilman Rodenhäuser’s book, Organizing Rebellion: Non-State Armed Groups under International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law, published by Oxford University Press. In addition to comments from Tilman himself, we have the honor to hear from this …

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Collection of bodies in Mosul: An act of revenge, humanity – or both?

This blog post is cross-posted on the blog of Utrecht Law School’s Montaigne Centre. This is a research centre that focuses on the rule of law and administration of justice. Last week, I listened to a podcast in NPR’s Rough Translation series that was on collecting the dead in Mosul, Iraq in 2018. The podcast …

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