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Book Symposium “Negotiating Survival: Civilian–Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan”: Introduction

I finished the proofs for Negotiating Survival in the late spring of 2021, just as the Taliban mounted a sweeping offensive across the north of the country. I had spent years researching the insurgency, documenting all of the ways in which it was laying the ground work for this moment. It was disorienting to see …

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Caught in the crossfire: responsibilities for ISIS members detained in North East Syria following Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring – Part II

Having examined the responsibilities of the Turkish forces and SDF towards the detainees in northern Syria (see Part I here), I am now going to analyse the responsibilities of the States of origin towards the ISIS members specifically. The thousands of ISIS members held in detention centers and camps by the SDF come from around …

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Caught in the crossfire: responsibilities for ISIS members detained in North East Syria following Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring – Part I

This two-part post addresses the responsibility of various actors with respect to the ISIS members held in detention in North East Syria in light of the new Turkish invasion. Starting with an overview of recent facts, the first post outlines the obligations of Turkish and Kurdish forces with respect to the detainees. The second post …

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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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ISIS members detained by Kurdish forces in Syria: Operational and legal challenges

ISIS members detained by Kurdish forces in Syria: operational and legal challenges The Kurdish-led and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently detaining over 3000 ISIS members, including foreign fighters and their families, in detention centers and camps in the North of Syria. Among them are British teenager Shamima Begum and her Dutch husband, Yago …

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News RoundUp 2 Oct.-9 Oct.

Colombia rebel leader readies troops ahead of cease-fire As Liberia Debates Justice for War Crimes, a Rebel Faces Trial in the US Eastern DRC rebels target Kinshasa in move to depose Kabila Congo warlord seeks to unite rebel factions in anti-Kabila alliance Clashes as ‘rebels‘ storm Indian base in Kashmir  Syrian Soldier Is Guilty of …

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News Roundup – 27-31 July 2015

UK Court invalidates British Forces’ Afghan detention programme (Serdar Mohammed v Ministry of Defence) Colombia suspends raids on FARC camps after rebel truce.  New report by UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson on life under ISIL-controlled areas (see here for report). Who’s who in the fight against ISIL in northern Syria.  Al-Qaida linked rebels in Syria capture …

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News Roundup – 4-7th May 2015

Ryan Goodman: The perverse and unintended consequences of Serdar Mohammed.  What can we do in 5 days? Aid workers sceptical of Saudi truce.  Amnesty Report: ‘Death Everywhere: War Crimes and Human Rights Abuses in Aleppo’ UNRWA calls for protecting civilians in Yarmouk camp.  More than 40 Syrian armed groups invited to Geneva talks.  Warfare and …

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News Roundup – 10 February 2015

Opinion Juris post: IHL doesn’t regulate NIAC interment: A Drafting History Perspective.  OHCHR report: Background paper on attacks against girls seeking to access information.  Netherlands: lottery grant to help halt military use of schools.  Colombia: The amnesty tightrope.  Kenneth Roth: The two big holes in the strategy against IS.  Assad says Syria is informed on anti-IS strikes.  …

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