Rogier Bartels

Rogier is a researcher at the Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA) and works at the Dutch National Prosecutor’s Office. He holds LL.M-degrees from Utrecht University and the University of Nottingham. Before taking up his current positions, he was an associate legal officer in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and a legal adviser at the International Humanitarian Law Division of the Netherlands Red Cross. Rogier is an adjunct-lecturer at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches international humanitarian law, and he co-convenes the Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict.

News Roundup – 30 August

Hunting for Islamist insurgents with the Mali Army UN: Many civilians massacred in Congo Yemeni military officials say drone airstrike kills 2 suspected militants More Than a Dozen Die in 2 Attacks in Russian Republic of Dagestan Taliban Kill at Least 8 Pakistani Soldiers in Ambush SEAL book depicts Osama bin Laden shot on sight …

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News Roundup – 29 August

UN alarmed over killings in Masisi territory in DR Congo UN Secretary-General: Insecure Stockpiles od Smaal Arms Remain Sources for Armed Groups, Terrorists, Organized Crime UN Secretary-General condemns killing of hundreds of civilians in Daraya (Syria) Amnesty International: Thousands still missing two decades after conflicts in Balkans International Day of the Disappeared: ICRC helping families in …

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News Roundup 28 August

Colombia’s ELN rebels offer peace talks, refuse ceasefire first Colombia’s president: talks held with FARC rebels Children associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic win back their lives Insurgents behead 17 Afghan civilians at a party

Bruges Colloquium on International Humanitarian Law (18-19 October 2012) on scope of application of IHL

This year’s Colloquium will focus on the scope of application of international humanitarian law. It will take place on 18-19 October 2012. Apart from the appeal of the lovely city of Bruges (with its pretty old town, good food and beer), this yearly IHL-conference, organised by the College of Europe and the ICRC, is known …

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News Roundup – 27 August

Last rebel group signs deal with Central African Republic Government officials say: Rebels killed at least 24 South Sudan soldiers Syrian opposition: hundreds of bodies found in Daraya Syrian rebels left behind lives as butchers, barbers, construction workers to fight Assad Expanding control, Syrian rebels run prisons India: JLF of Nagaland Assembly starts meeting armed …

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News Roundup – 16 August

Report of UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria: Syrian Government forces and anti-Government groups responsible for war crimes (the report itself can be found here) Congolese face increasing threat of forced recruitment by armed groups Armed Groups Should Not Be a Law Unto Themselves HRW: Syrian Fighter Planes Strike Aleppo Hospital Militants attack major Pakistan air …

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News Roundup – 15 August

Defence opens case in Bemba war crimes trial at ICC  Q&A on ICC Landmark Decision on Reparations for Victims by Redress. Mali Army Says Regional Intervention Only Welcome in North of Country Liberia arrests 6 following attack in Ivory Coast, denies that fighters came from Liberia Mimicking al Qaeda, militant threat grows in Sinai Kurdish …

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News Roundup – 14 August

Syria crisis: west loses faith in SNC to unite opposition groups Reuters: Libyan fighters join Syrian revolt against Assad U.S. says Hezbollah is helping Syrian regime Human Rights Watch Q&A on IHL and Syria Armed clashes increasing in frequency in Tripoli UN-African Union official stresses need to protect displaced persons in North Darfur

63 year anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

Sunday 12 August, celebrations of “International Humanitarian Law Day” took place. This date was also used to draw attention to a humanitarian cause. On 12 August 1949, the main treaties of international humanitarian law (IHL), the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, were concluded. Since the recent ratification by South-Sudan these treaties are – once again …

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News Roundup – 13 August

Kurdish MP in Turkey abducted ‘by PKK’ Syria rebel fighters vow to shun torture, abuse Syrian video said to show rebels throwing bodies off roof U.S., Turkey to study Syria no-fly zone Soldiers Fighting Congo Rebels Live in Squalor Egypt Sinai peacekeepers deny they came under fire Nigeria army kills 20 Boko Haram Islamists.