Blog Symposium

Religious leaders as brokers of humanitarian norm-compliance: Insights from the cases of Colombia, Libya, Mali and Myanmar

The authors of this article are researchers on the project Generating Respect for Humanitarian Norms: The Influence of Religious Leaders on Parties to Armed Conflict. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Economic and Social Research Council (UK). The humanitarian sector engages State and non-State parties to armed conflicts in an effort to positively influence …

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Symposium on Compliance in Armed Conflict: New Avenues to Generate Respect for Humanitarian Norms

That the effectiveness of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) faces challenges from different quarters is not news. It is, rather, an observation that has been made by scholars and practitioners alike – to the point of tritness. Whilst we deeply acknowledge the importance of discussing the manifold challenges to humanitarian …

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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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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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Book symposium – Reflections on the Responsibility of Armed Groups

The present blog post is based on comments made at the launch of Laura Inigo Alvarez’s book, Towards a Regime of Responsibility of Armed Groups in International Law, organized by ALMA. Dr Alvarez’s book is a timely and valuable contribution to the analytical framework for considering the responsibility of organised armed groups (OAGs).  All too …

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Mini-symposium on the book Towards a Regime of Responsibility of Armed Groups in International Law

Following the online launch of the book Towards a Regime of Responsibility of Armed Groups in International Law organised by ALMA, this blog is hosting a mini-symposium with the panellists that took part in the event. I would like to thank Katharine Fortin, Ezequiel Heffes and Emanuela-Chiara Gillard for their insightful comments and reflections. In …

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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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From cockroaches to rosebuds: changing the international community’s perception of non-State armed groups

The 2019 ICRC so called ‘Challenges Report’ has identified the ‘proliferation of non?State armed groups’ (NSAG) as being a central feature of ‘the changing geopolitical landscape of the last decade’. It is undeniable that the existence of a multiplicity of NSAG in a given context creates serious challenges for humanitarian and aid organisations, not only …

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