Joint IHL Forum


The Joint International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Forum

The Joint IHL Forum is on summer vacation until the beginning of the 2015-2016 Academic year


The Joint International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Forum of ALMA and the Radzyner Law School at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya is an academic round table for an open discussion on IHL related issues.
Each Session will include a short lecture following an open round table discussion.
The possible topics for the forum sessions include (inter alia) recently published articles or advanced draft articles, recent relevant court rulings and interesting developments which can be related to IHL. The main lecturers in the Joint Forum are Scholars, PhD candidates and Practitioners from the IHL field.
The meetings of the Joint Forum are being held on a monthly basis. Although the sessions will usually be conducted in Hebrew, in accordance with the Forum Manager, specific sessions could be conducted in English (usually at the advance request of the lecturer).
Those who wish to participate in the meetings of the Joint IHL Forum must register in advance via

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Scholars, Practitioners, Researchers and Students who wish to present a paper, idea, or a recent development in the ALMA's IHL forum - please write to

Ms. Shani Dann, Joint IHL Forum Coordinator
Adv. Ido Rosenzweig, ALMA Chairman

List of Previous Speakers

1. Mr. Ehud Keinan, Attorney General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - In Memory of Professor Shabtai Rosen. (February 2011)

2. Prof. Eyal Benvenisti, Tel Aviv University, "Developments regarding compensation claims for war damages: Legislation under the government's radar screen". (February 2011) 

3.  Dr. Daphne Richemond-Barak, IDC

a. Regulating War: A Taxanomy in Global Administration Law. (March 2011)         

b.The Crimean Peninsula & IHL. (April 2014)

c.The United Nation Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014) Regarding the Need to Prevent Travel and Support for Foreign Terrorist Fighters. (March 2015)

4.  Dr. Eitan Barak, The Hebrew University Old mines and new mines in the Golan. (May 2011)

5. Adv. Gilad Noam, The Hebrew University "Lebanon, Majdal Shams and Gaza - legal analysis of border crossing civil protest". (May 2011)

6.  Adv. Sigall Horovitz - ALMA member and formerly the legal adviser for the President of the ICTR–

a. Women as Perpetrators in the Rwandan Genocide. (July 2011)

b."Think Different – Why Israel Should Join the ICC Rome Statute" – a discussion following the UN General Assembly resolution to recognize Palestine as a non-member State observer. (January 2013)

7. Dr. Hilly Mudrick- Even Khen, She'arei Mishpat collage"Silence at the Nuremberg Trials - The IMT at Nuremberg and Sexual Crimes against Women in the Holocaust". (joint article with Adv. Alona Hagay-Frey) (July 2011)

8. Adv. Alona Hagay-Frey, IDC–“Sex and gender crimes in the new international law:past, present, future”. (July 2011)

9. Prof. Yuval Shany and Dr. Amichai Cohen, The Israel Democracy Institute The IDF and Alleged International Law Violations Reforming Policies for Self-Investigation. (December 2011)

10.  Adv. Sari Bashi, CEO of Gisha- Legal Center for Freedom of Movement–Israel's Responsibility in the Gaza Strip. (January 2013) 

11. Prof. Avi Bell, Law Faculty, Bar Ilan University– Israel's status as a belligerent occupier in the Gaza Strip. (January 2012)

12.  Adv. Ido Rosenzweig, ALMA Chairman and a researcher in the Israel Democracy Institute

a. Israel and the Two Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions (co-authored with Prof. Ruth Lapidot and Prof. Yuval Shany). (February 2012)

b.Pillar of Defense & IHL – targeted killings, military objectives, proportionality etc." – a discussion about the questions related to the Israeli and Palestinian conducts during the recent November conflict. (January 2013) 

c. Combatants Dressed as Civilians? The Case of the Israeli Mista’arvim under International Law. (December 2014)

13. Dr. RENÉ VÄRK, Associate Professor in the Estonian National Defence College and the University of Tartu. Legal adviser (reserve) on the law of armed conflict to the 1st Estonia Infantry Brigade Staff (participated in many national and international military exercises) Operational Counseling to Armed Forces - Personal Experience. (March 2012)

14. Lt. Colonel (Res.) David Benjamin, Former senior legal adviser in the IDF International law Department. Operational Counseling to Armed Forces - Personal Experience. (March 2012)

15. Dr. Tristan Ferrar, The Legal Devision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)ICRC report on: Occupation and other forms of administration of foreign territory: expert meeting. (June 2012)

16. Dr. Ziv Bohrer, Research Fellow, Sacher Institute, Hebrew University–Faculty of Law–

a. Proportionality in Military Force at War’s Multiple Levels: Averting Civilian Casualties vs. Safeguarding Soldiers (co-authored with Prof. Mark Osiel). (November 2012)

b.The Crimean Peninsula & IHL. (April 2014)

17. Dr. Ben Clarke, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame (Australia) 

a. Beyond the Call of Duty: Integration of International Humanitarian Law in Video Games and Battlefield Training Simulators (December 2012

b."Arming drones for law enforcement: challenges and opportunities for the protection of human life" (June 2013)

18. Adv. William Van Esveld,  Senior Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW) -HRW's perspective on the practices in the area, especially in light of operations Pillar of Defense and Cast Lead. (May 2013)

19. Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, Northwestern University (Chicago, USA) –

a. "Jurisdiction over Israeli Settlement Activity in the International Criminal Court" (May 2013)  

b.The Crimean Peninsula & IHL (April 2014)

20. Adv. Yaniv Roznai London School of Economics– "Cracking the Nuc" in the Legal Field:  An Israeli Attack on Iran's Nuclear Facilities From an International Law Perspective. (October 2013)

21. Dr. Ruvi Ziegler, the University of Reading School of Law – Non refoulement Between Common Article 1 and Common Article 3. (December 2013)

22. Ms. Noa Bornstein-Ziv, The Hebrew University– "Extradition Laws in the Face of the Expanding World Terrorism." (March 2014)

23. Ms. Adi Swisa, College of Law and Business– "Disclosure in the Rome Statute and in Practice." (March 2014)

24. Adv. Adam Wolfson, Tel-Aviv University–"The Prohibition on the Exportation of Indiscriminate Weapons to Terrorist Organizations in International Law"(March 2014)

25. Mr. Ilia Binyaminov, Interdisciplinary Center–"Obama’s Drone Doctrine– International Lawyer or Legislator?" (March 2014)

26.  Prof. Robbie Sabel, Hebrew UniversityThe Palestinian Accession to IHL Treaties. (May 2014)

27.  Keren Michaeli, PhD candidate, Oxford University.The Palestinian Accession to IHL Treaties. (May 2014)

28. Yahli Shereshevsky, PhD candidate, Hebrew University– Serdar Mohammed v. Ministry of Defence and the battle over the laws of war. (June 2014)

29. Ido Kilovaty, PhD candidate, Georgetown University– Cyber Warfare and Jus ad Bellum: Does Economic Cyber Coercion Violate Article 2(4) of the UN Charter? (June 2014)

30.  Prof. Malcolm Shaw, Emeritus Sir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law, School of Law, University of Leicester. 
Combatant Immunity for State Forces in Non-International Armed Conflicts. (October 2014)

31. Adv. Efrat Bergman-Sapir, Director of the Legal Department of the Public Committee Against Torture in IsraelTorture under the Protection of the Law? From HCJ to CIA (January 2015)

32. Dr. Myriam Feinberg, Tel-Aviv University The United Nation Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014) Regarding the Need to Prevent Travel and Support for Foreign Terrorist Fighters. (March 2015)

33. Dr. David SchariaSenior Legal Officer and Coordinator (Legal and Criminal Justice Group) - CTED at United Nations Security Council The United Nation Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014) Regarding the Need to Prevent Travel and Support for Foreign Terrorist Fighters. (March 2015)

34. Ms. Shani DannALMA The United Nation Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014) Regarding the Need to Prevent Travel and Support for Foreign Terrorist Fighters. (March 2015)

35. Yoni Eshpar, Political affairs officer at the Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process "UN Mediation in Yemen".(April 2015)

36. Adv. Larry Maybee,Head of the Legal Department for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)– Delegation for Israel and the occupied territories - "The Evolving Conflict in Yemen - IHL Implications".(April 2015)

37. Col. (Res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch - Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Program on Law and National Security, The Institute on National Security Studies - "The BOI on Protective Edge and the BOI on Cast Lead - similar and yet so different." (June 2015)

38. Adv. Michael Schoiswohl - Legal Adviser, Department of  Legal Affairs, UNRWA HQ, Jerusalem - “Inviolability of UN premises during armed conflict – an analysis under the law of the privileges and immunities of the UN”.(June 2015)

39. Dr. Daphna Shraga - Former Principal Legal Officer in the UN Office of Legal Affairs; Adj. Lecturer at Tel Aviv University and The Hebrew University - "UN premises as centers of refuge - the silence of the laws of war."(June 2015)

Invitations for Previous Sessions

Academic school year (2014 - 2015)
Academic school year (2013 - 2014)

Academic school year (2012 - 2013)

Academic school year (2011 - 2012)

Academic school year (2010 - 2011)

ALMA's IHL Forum Project is headed by Adv. Ido Rosenzweig and coordinated by Ms. Shani Dann