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).

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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Public Talk: Cross-border humanitarian operations into Syria – legal and operational aspects

On 28 July 2020, Diakonia Lebanon Resource Desk for International Humanitarian Law hosted an online expert panel talk: Cross-border relief operations into Syria – legal and operational aspects. This was the first public expert debate to address cross-border and cross-line humanitarian action in Syria since 2012 with a view to contributing to the international humanitarian community’s …

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Introducing Andrea Farrés Jiménez as news editor

I’m very pleased to announce that Andrea Farrés Jiménez has joined the blog as the news editor. Andrea is a Spanish qualified lawyer holding a master’s in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Her primary research interests are in the fields of international humanitarian law, disarmament and security studies. She …

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Guest post by Frédéric Mégret: “Right authority and the privileges of non-state actors in armed conflict”

It is our pleasure to introduce Frédéric Mégret as a guest blogger on the site. He is a Full Professor of Law and a William Dawson Scholar at McGill, and has widely published on different issues, including on international criminal justice, international human rights law, IHL and general international law. Frédéric’s post will present some …

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Engaging Armed Non-State Actors on the Protection of Health Care: Some Promising Steps

Attacks against health care in armed conflicts represent one of the greatest humanitarian challenges of our days. In a number of ongoing situations, medical workers are kidnapped, injured or killed, medical facilities and transports are bombed, shelled or looted, wounded fighters and patients are often under attacked and fighting takes place within or near health …

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