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Regulating ceasefires in the grey zone between war and peace

Recent scholarship in the social sciences – primarily in the fields of anthropology, political economy, security and development – has found that ceasefires have effects on the ground beyond only halting violence. These include for other more political areas such as governance institutions, economic resources and citizenship and property rights. While parties to an armed …

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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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Detention by Armed Groups under International Law

New article by Professor Andrew Clapham in the International Law Studies journal on Detention by Armed Groups under International Law. The article tackles the question of whether international law entitles armed groups to detain people, as well as the separate question of what international law obligations bind the armed group when persons are detained. The …

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Guest Post by Marissa R. Brodney: New Article Explores Debates Inhibiting Implementation of Collective Reparations at the International Criminal Court

I am pleased to present a guest post by Marissa Brodney in which she presents her new article on collective reparations and the ICC. Marissa Brodney is a graduate degree candidate in Law and International Relations at Harvard Law School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She previously served as a senior program …

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New article: The application of human rights law to everyday life under rebel control

My article on The Application of Human Rights Law to Everyday Life under Rebel Control has recently been published by the Netherlands International Law Review and is available via open access. In the article, I draw upon social science literature to offer a new assessment of the normative value of human rights law vis–à–vis international humanitarian …

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The organisation(al) requirement under IHL and ICL

In the past, Katharine and I have addressed the organisational or organisation requirement that forms part of the (lower) threshold criteria (of intensity and organisation) for the existence of a non-international armed conflict on the blog (see here and here). For the purposes of the International Criminal Court, crimes against humanity also have an organisation …

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Violence against Healthcare: The Way Forward – Part II of IRRC thematic issue

Part II of the thematic IRRC issue on Violence against Health Care is now available in a pdf document on the ICRC website. The second part of the issue focuses on the legal, operational or policy measures that can be taken to improve access to medical care in volatile contexts (see here for the first part). The table …

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Violence against Healthcare: the problem and the law

The latest edition of the International Review of the Red Cross on ‘Violence against Healthcare (1): the Problem and the Law’ could not be more topical in the light of the current conflicts in the Middle East. Part I of this thematic issue (which can be found here) focuses on patterns of attacks against health care, based …

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Various new ICRC sources

The purpose of this post is to draw your attention to a series of useful online lectures, updates, and new publications by the ICRC. * Last week, ICRC president Maurer gave a talk in London on the challenges the ICRC currently faces. The video, as well as the text, of his speech can be found …

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