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Protracted Armed Violence as a Criterion for the Existence of Non-international Armed Conflict: IHL, ICL and beyond

Introduction Both authors of this blog were born in Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists. Its dissolution started with the so-called Ten-Day War, which was fought from 27 June to 7 July 1991 between the Slovenian Territorial Defence and the Yugoslav People’s Army, resulting in some 60 fatalities and 330 wounded. There is a …

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Instant Non-international Armed Conflict? Classifying the situation in Northern Ethiopia under IHL

Introduction The seemingly sudden outburst of significant violence in Northern Ethiopia has raised international concern, as well as critical legal paradigmatic issues. Accordingly, in this post, we evaluate this current situation in Ethiopia in light of international humanitarian law (IHL) requirements for the classification of armed conflicts. The post argues that the carefully planned, coordinated, …

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ATHA Podcast on Implications of Applying IHL to Low-Intensity Conflict

This month’s Humanitarian Assistance Podcast produced by the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) is called “From Internal Disturbance to Armed Conflict: Implications of Applying IHL to Low-Intensity Conflict“. It features, Jann Kleffner, Professor of International Law and Head of the International Law Centre at the Swedish Defence University, Armando Meneses Larios, National Autonomous University of …

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News Roundup – 7 May 2014

Opinio Juris post on ‘threshold of international humanitarian law’: No, the attack on the USS Cold did not take place in Armed Conflict.  Syria rebels begin evacuating Homs.  UN rights office warns Boko Haram over ‘sale’ of Nigerian schoolgirls, as new kidnappings reported.  Girls’ abductions a last straw for Nigerians: government needs to get serious …

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Report on the Legal Classification of the Armed Conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya

On 13–14 March 2013 a two-day workshop was held at Chatham House to consider what law applied to the situations of violence in respect of Syria, Yemen and Libya during the period 2010–2013. The ‘programme paper’ (published in March 2014) contains a detailed record of the workshop and the discussion that followed concerning the legal classification …

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News Roundup – 24 February 2014

Taliban Raid Afghan Army Base, Killing Soldiers in Their Sleep Taliban Struggle With Shrinking Finances Syrian rebels say senior al-Qaida fighter killed Latest UN Security Council resolution on Syria demands aid access Suspected Liberian gunmen attack Ivorian border town Attack on Nigeria town leaves scores dead Nigeria seals state border with Cameroon Arms smuggling to …

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