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News Roundup – 13 November 2012

Empty chair at Colombia’s talks belongs to rebel serving 60 years in US ‘Supermax’ prison. HRW – Ending abuses should be a priority for new opposition group in Syria. Insurgency and diplomacy: Syrian resistance should take lessons from the Algerians who fought for independence from France. Six gulf monarchies recognise rebel bloc as Syrian voice. The Arab League …

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Jean Pictet Competition 2013

Rogier and I would like to remind the teachers and students of international humanitarian law who read this blog, that there are only another 23 days before applications need to be in for the 2013 edition of the Jean Pictet competition.   There is no better way of increasing students’  knowledge of international humanitarian law and its related fields than …

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News Roundup – 23 October 2012

UN independent experts urge Colombia to reconsider proposed criminal law for military UN Legal Committee: Adherence to Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocols Critical to Protecting Civilians in Diverse Armed Conflicts Dutch trial against alleged Rwandan genocidaire begins in The Hague Syrian regime and rebels constantly adapt arsenals Syria rebels pessimistic on mediator’s ceasefire plan Russian Forces …

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News Roundup – 20 August 2012

US plans to beef up rural police forces in Afghanistan.  NATO strike in Afghanistan kills top Taliban leader. Most attacks on coalition troops driven by personal grievances.  Rwandan and Congolese rebel groups ask ICC to investigate Kagame.  Palestinians step again towards nationhood.  UN Report on Syrian war crimes unlikely to result in ICC prosecutions.  Joseph …

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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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Welcome to Rogier Bartels, co-editor of the blog!

I am very happy to welcome Rogier Bartels as co-editor of the Armed Groups and International Law blog. 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 …

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ICRC Annual Report 2011

On Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) published its Annual Report 2011. I have only had time to dip into it so far – as it is over 500 pages – but as always tne report provides a fascinating insight into the ICRC’s work in the field. In doing so, it has …

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