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ALMA is 7 Years Old

posted Mar 8, 2017, 11:19 AM by Alma Info   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 11:20 AM ]


Mazal-Tov! ALMA - Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law is celebrating 7 years. Nothing we do could have been done without the care, dedication and enthusiasm of our members, volunteers, friends, supporters and followers, and we thank you for that greatly!

We would like to thank you for your interest in IHL and we invite you to continue with us for more great years of IHL with ALMA and wish you Mazal-Tov as well.

We invite you to mark this special day with us in a special event of ALMA's IHL Forum. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 18:30 at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

The event will include:
1. An introduction and acknowledgement of ALMA's birthday.
2. A lecture by ALMA Chairman, Adv. Ido Rosenzweig on "Regulating the Un(der) Regulated - Protection of Own Forces from War Crimes & Crimes against Humanity" following the recent decisions by the ICC and ECCC with regard to the prohibition of, inter alia, rape and sexual slavery against members of one's own forces.
Respondent: ALMA Board Member, Adv. Yael Vias Gvirsman.

To confirm your participation please contact forum@alma-ihl.org

Sincerely, 
Ido Rosenzweig
ALMA Chairman

Event: National Identities and the Right to Self -Determination of Peoples

posted Feb 20, 2017, 12:00 PM by Alma Info   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 12:01 PM ]


Call for Papers: 12th Minerva/ICRC Conference on IHL

posted Dec 14, 2016, 5:51 AM by Alma Info   [ updated Dec 14, 2016, 5:51 AM ]

The Minerva Center for Human Rights

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Minerva Center for Human Rights

Tel Aviv University

Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights

College of Management Academic Studies

and

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Delegation in Israel and the Occupied Territories

 

Conference Call for Papers

50 Years after 1967:

Evaluating the Past, Present and Future of the Law of Belligerent Occupation

The 12th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law

Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, 22-23 May 2017

Introduction:

The Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Israel and the Occupied Territories and the Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights at the College of Management Academic Studies are organizing an international conference that seeks to evaluate - 50 years after 1967 - the past, present and future of the law of belligerent occupation, using the Israel-Palestine context, as well as other relevant situations of occupation and domination, as case studies.

The conference, the twelfth in the series of Minerva/ICRC annual international conferences on IHL, is scheduled for 22-23 May 2017 in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Prof. Theodor Meron, will deliver the keynote address of the Conference. 

Recipients of this call for papers are invited to submit proposals to present a paper at the conference.  Authors of selected proposals will be offered full or partial flight and accommodation expenses.

Submission deadline: 15 January 2017

Background:

The 1967 Middle East conflict, the assumption of control by Israel over territories formerly controlled by Egypt, Jordan and Syria, and the application of the laws of belligerent occupation by the Israeli authorities to most of these territories for most of the following fifty years, render the situation in those territories subject to what is probably the longest-running situation of belligerent occupation in modern history. The longevity of the situation poses in itself a significant challenge for the application of the laws of belligerent occupation, which were drafted envisioning relatively short-term situations of occupation pending a peace agreement. To this temporal challenge, one may add the significant legal, political and military developments that have occurred in the region throughout the last 50 years, which further complicate the legal situation in the territories seized by Israel in 1967, as well as the legacies of the particular measures taken by the Israeli authorities in the said territories over this 50-year period.

While the 1967 conflict produced what is perhaps the most frequently cited example of a post-World War Two belligerent occupation - it is also a fundamentally atypical example of a belligerent occupation, as the conduct and positions of the parties to the conflict appear to have run contrary to some of the basic assumptions underlying the laws of belligerent occupation: no transfer of sovereignty, temporariness, maintenance of the status quo ex ante and reliance by the occupied in law enforcement powers. However, given the atypical features of other situations of foreign military control or involvement in places as diverse as Iraq, Afghanistan, Western Sahara, East Timor, East Congo, Nagorno-Karabakh, Northern Cyprus and Crimea, it is arguable that the “classic” occupation is now the exception and not the rule.

The factual complexities posed by the aforementioned situations of actual or potential belligerent occupation or domination are further exacerbated by normative developments outside the field of the laws of belligerent occupation, which introduce new elements of legal uncertainty into the normative debate. These developments include the extension of international human rights law to occupied territories, the emergence of the right to self-determination in the era of decolonization (and the possible interplay between this right with both jus ad bellum and jus in bello), the development of laws governing non-international armed conflicts, and the re-invigoration of international criminal law. Arguably, such developments put the traditional equilibrium between the rights and obligations of occupying and occupied entities under considerable legal pressure, questioning the adequacy and legitimacy of the law of belligerent occupation, and inviting reconsideration of its core principles.  

Against this backdrop, the conference academic committee invites recipients to submit proposals to present a paper dealing with one or more of the following issues:

·         The tension between stability and change in the law and practice of belligerent occupation;

·         New forms of occupation and domination and their regulation under international law;

·         The effects of occupation on internationally protected human rights and the cultural, social and national identities of the communities involved, and on their natural resources. 

·         The law governing conduct of hostilities in occupied territories

·         The debate over the very legality of occupation – revisiting the jus ad bellum v jus in bello dichotomy;

·         Critical Reflections on the legitimacy and effectiveness of the law in belligerent occupation: is it legitimizing the exercise of power? What lessons can be drawn from its mis/dis-application?

·         The role of national and international institutions in advancing or inhibiting the implementation and reform of the laws of belligerent occupation;

The committee also welcomes additional proposals on other relevant and contemporary issues relating to the topic of the conference.

Submissions:

Researchers interested in addressing these and other issues are invited to respond to this call for papers with a 1-2 page proposal for an article and presentation, along with a brief CV. Proposals should be submitted by email to the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (mchr@savion.huji.ac.il) no later than 15 January 2017.

Applicants should expect notification of the committee's decision by 15 February 2017. Written contributions (of approx. 10-25 pages) based on the selected proposals will be expected by 1 May 2017 at the latest. The Israel Law Review (a Cambridge University Press publication) has expressed interest in publishing selected full length papers based on conference presentations, subject to its standard review and editing procedures.

Conference Academic Committee:

Orna Ben-Naftali, College of Management Academic Studies

Tomer Broude, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Danny Evron, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Aeyal Gross, Tel Aviv University

Karen Loehner, ICRC, Israel and the Occupied Territories

Eliav Lieblich, Tel Aviv University

Doreen Lustig, Tel Aviv University

Alon Margalit, ICRC, Israel and the Occupied Territories

Yaël Ronen, Israel Law Review, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Charles Shamas, The Mattin Group

Yuval Shany, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Chair)

 

11th Minerva/ICRC IHL Conference Program

posted Nov 16, 2016, 8:48 PM by Alma Info   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 8:49 PM ]


Call For Papers - 11th Annual Minerva-ICRC International Conference on Contemporary Challenges in IHL

posted May 19, 2016, 1:05 AM by Alma Info   [ updated May 19, 2016, 1:06 AM ]

11th Annual Minerva-ICRC International Conference on Contemporary Challenges in International Humanitarian Law Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 28-29 November 2016

Conference Call for Papers

Introduction:

The Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Israel and the Occupied Territories are organizing an international conference that seeks to explore cutting-edge issues in the field of international humanitarian law (IHL).
 
The conference, the eleventh in the series of Minerva-ICRC Annual International Conferences on IHL, is scheduled for 28-29 November 2016 in Jerusalem.
 
Recipients of this call for papers are invited to submit proposals to present an original paper at the conference. Authors of selected proposals will be offered full or partial flight and accommodation expenses.
 
Submission deadline: 1 July 2016

Background:

Contemporary conflict patterns have created a myriad of complex issues in the field of international humanitarian law, which the 11th Annual Minerva-ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law seeks to address.

In armed conflicts across the globe, civilians continue to bear the brunt of the hostilities, especially when fighting takes place in densely populated areas or when civilians are deliberately targeted. Thousands of people are being detained, often outside of any legal framework and are often subjected to ill treatment or inadequate conditions of detention. The number of persons displaced as a result of armed conflict is also dramatic and the number of internally displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers uprooted by ongoing armed conflicts worldwide has soared in the past two years.
 
Additionally, the increase in the number and complexity of parties to a conflict is a noticeable feature of contemporary armed conflicts. On the State side, the number of foreign interventions in many ongoing armed conflicts contributes substantially to the multiplication of actors involved. In parallel, on the non-State side, a myriad of fluid, multiplying and fragmenting armed groups frequently take part in the fighting. The spillover of hostilities into neighboring countries, their geographical expanse and their regionalization have also become a distinctive feature of many contemporary armed conflicts – partly as a consequence of foreign involvements.

Violations of IHL, committed both by States and non-State actors continue to be a primary feature of contemporary conflicts. In many situations, this is linked to a denial of the applicability or relevance of IHL. On the part of non-State armed groups, there is sometimes a rejection of IHL, which some parties do not feel bound by. In addition to this, recent armed conflicts have seen a rise in the deliberate commission of violations of IHL by some non-State armed groups and their use of media to publicize those violations. On the part of States, it is often, though not always, the result of counterterrorism measures and discourses, which seem to be hardening with time. It remains the case that some States deny the existence of armed conflicts, rendering dialogue difficult on the humanitarian consequences of the conflict and the protection of those affected by it.

Against this backdrop, the conference academic committee invites recipients to submit proposals to present a paper at the conference dealing with one of the following contemporary challenges of IHL:

·         Rights and obligations of non-State armed groups;
·         IHL and vulnerable groups of persons (including asylum seekers, women, minors, etc.);
·         Enforcement and implementation of IHL by States;
·         IHL and the environment;
·         The development of IHL in national and international jurisprudence.


The committee also welcomes additional proposals on other relevant and contemporary issues in the field of IHL.

Submissions:

Researchers interested in addressing these and other issues are invited to respond to this call for papers with a 1-2 page proposal for an article and presentation, along with a brief CV. Proposals should be submitted by email to the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (mchr@savion.huji.ac.il) no later than 1 July 2016.

Applicants should expect notification of the committee's decision by 1 August 2016. Written contributions (of approx. 10-25 pages) based on the selected proposals will be expected no later than 1 November 2016. The Israel Law Review (a Cambridge University Press publication) has expressed interest in publishing selected full length papers based on conference presentations, subject to its standard review and editing procedures.


10th National IHL Competition Dates Revealed

posted Jan 11, 2016, 1:35 PM by Alma Info   [ updated Jan 11, 2016, 1:36 PM ]

The Competition is organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the assistance of ALMA – the Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law in Israel.

The competition will take place in 26 - 29 September, 2016.
Please visit this website on a regular base to receive information about the publication of the competition regulations and application form.

For more information please visit the competition website

Hebrew University's ILF - Conference dealing with developments and patterns in International Law in the Year 2015

posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:24 PM by Alma Info   [ updated Dec 12, 2015, 11:25 PM ]


Cambridge Student Law Journal - Call for Submissions

posted Dec 1, 2015, 7:30 AM by Alma Info   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 7:30 AM ]

The Cambridge Student Law Journal is a blind reviewed, student-run legal journal run in association with Cambridge University Law Society and Slaughter & May. The Journal will be publishing its inaugural volume in the first half of 2016. Our aim is to publish articles on a variety of legal topics written by students at all levels as well as early career researchers. We hope that the Journal will contribute to legal scholarship and stimulate academic debate.

The Editorial Board welcomes long articles, short articles, and case comments on all aspects of law, legal history, and legal theory. Long articles should not exceed 12,000 words and case comments should ideally be between 1,000 words and 5,000 words. We are particularly interested in articles from our international colleagues.

Articles are to be submitted for consideration to journal@camlawsoc.com on or before Friday, January 15th, 2016.

http://www.law.cam.ac.uk/research-link/publications

*Disclaimer - The information is provided as a service, ALMA is not affiliated with the CSLJ. For addtional information please contect journal@camlawsoc.com

ICT event - Syria and Syrians in a Time of Crisis

posted Nov 17, 2015, 6:41 AM by Alma Info   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 6:41 AM ]


National IHL Competition - Final Event

posted Nov 9, 2015, 1:26 PM by Alma Info   [ updated Nov 9, 2015, 1:27 PM ]


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