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).

Call for Papers – Conference on Religious Actors & Humanitarian Norms Compliance

The Generating Respect Project invites paper submissions for the conference Religious Actors & Humanitarian Norms Compliance in Armed Conflict: Roles, Influence, Engagement that will take place online between 8 and 10 December 2021. The conference will take stock of important developments relating to the engagement between humanitarians and religious actors aimed at generating greater respect for humanitarian norms in …

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Most Read Posts in 2020

Happy new year to our readers! We want to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful 2021 and thank you for reading the blog in 2020. Below is a list of the 5 posts that received the most views last year. We hope to have relevant discussions about armed groups and international law …

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Geneva Call Report: Conduct of Hostilities by Armed Non-State Actors

This week, Geneva Call published a new report on the Conduct of Hostilities by Armed Non-State Actors (ANSAs). The report emerges out of the third edition of the Garance Talks, which took place on February 2020, and focuses on the application of the rules of IHL governing this topic: distinction, proportionality and precaution. The 2020 …

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Compliance Symposium: Pariah or Stakeholders? Enhancing Compliance with Humanitarian Norms by Including Non-State Armed Groups’ Views and Practice

Up at Opinio Juris, you can find the latest post by Annyssa Bellal and Pascal Bongard “Compliance Symposium: Pariah or Stakeholders? Enhancing Compliance with Humanitarian Norms by Including Non-State Armed Groups’ Views and Practice” in our co-hosted symposium on Compliance in Armed Conflict. Check it out here!

Armed Groups and International Law and Opinio Juris Joint Symposium on Compliance in Armed Conflict

Over the coming week, along with Opinio Juris, we are happy to co-host a symposium on Compliance in Armed Conflict: New Avenues to Generate Respect for Humanitarian Norms, co-organized by Ioana Cismas and I. We will have the honor to read about innovative compliance generation strategies from a list of renowned scholars and practitioners, including …

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Book Symposium – Responsibility, Non-State Armed Groups and the Possible Development of a Legal Framework

Non-State armed groups (NSAGs) with different degrees of organization and control have been involved in numerous armed conflicts over the past 30 years, thus representing one of the main dramatis personae (the characters in the play) within the international scene. Not only do these entities use armed violence to achieve multiple goals, they also create …

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