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The 8th Annual Minerva/ICRC IHL Conference - Program

posted Nov 16, 2013, 11:49 AM by Alma Info   [ updated Nov 16, 2013, 11:49 AM ]

The Minerva Center for Human Rights

Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Delegation in Israel and the Occupied Territories

with the cooperation of

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Israel


The 8th Annual Minerva/ICRC International Conference

on International Humanitarian Law:


Military Objectives and Objects of War:

An Uneasy Relationship


Jerusalem, 24-25 November 2013


Day 1:

Sunday, November 24th

Konrad Adenauer Conference Center, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem








Opening Remarks


Juan Pedro Schaerer  / Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross, Israel and the Occupied Territories


Michael Mertes / Director, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Israel


Tomer Broude / Vice-Dean, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem




Session 1:  Opening Address


David Kretzmer / Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Sapir College


Francoise Hampson / School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

The Mystery of Tests and Triggers: Does it All Boil Down to the Standard of Proof?




Session 2:  Overarching Principles


Yael Ronen / Sha'arei Mishpat Law College; Academic Editor, Israel Law Review


Robin Geiss / School of Law, University of Glasgow


Dual Use Objects


Laurent Gisel / Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva


Current Challenges With Regard to the Notion of Military Objective: An ICRC Perspective


Pnina Sharvit Baruch /  Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv University


Dilemmas Regarding the Relation Between the Principles of Distinction and Proportionality


Day 2:

Monday, November 25th

Beit Maiersdorf, Mt. Scopus Campus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem




Session 3:  Military Objectives in Non-Traditional Conflicts


Yuval Shany / Dean, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Eitan Barak / Department of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Military Objectives in Asymmetric Conflicts: The Worrisome Case of the Second Lebanon War


Noam Neuman / Head of International Law Department, Military Advocate General's Corps, Israel Defence Forces


Spatial Delimitation of Military Objectives in Asymmetric Warfare


Noam Zamir / Doctoral Candidate, University of Cambridge


Distinction Matters: Rethinking the Protection of Civilian Objects in Non-International Armed Conflicts


Ruvi Ziegler and Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne / University of Reading School of Law


'Military Objective' in Non-International Armed Conflicts: Incorporating Post-conflict Considerations




Session 4:  New Challenges to Traditional Objective Designations


Rotem Giladi / Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Lance Bartholemeusz / Acting Director of Legal Affairs, UNRWA HQ, Jerusalem


United Nations Law, IHL and Military Objectives


Daphné Richemond-Barak and Ayal Feinberg / Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel


The Irony of the Iron Dome: Defensive Systems under IHL


Ido Rosenzweig / Israel Democracy Institute; Chairman, ALMA - Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law


Judging a Civilian by its Cover:  Can a Civilian be Part of a Military Object?




Session 5:  Military Objects in Cyberspace


Guy Pessach / Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Heather A. Harrison Dinniss / International Law Centre, Swedish National Defence College


The Nature of Objects: Targeting Networks and the Challenge of Legitimate Cyber Military Objectives


Kubo Mačák / University of Exeter Law School


IHL 2.0: Interpreting Military Objectives in Time of Cyber Warfare


Michael Schmitt / United States Naval War College; University of Exeter School of Law; NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence


The Tallinn Manual and the Law of Military Objectives




Session 6:  Broadening the Definition of Military Objective


Eitan Diamond / International Committee of the Red Cross


Agnieszka Jachec-Neale / University of Essex


Targeting the State and Political Leadership Infrastructure- Selected Legal and Factual Considerations


Guy Keinan / International Law Department, Military Advocate General's Corps, Israel Defence Forces


Targeting Decisions, Incomplete Information and the Role of Probability


Ken Watkin / Former Judge Advocate General for the Canadian Forces


Military Advantage: A Matter of Strategy and Tactics?



Registration and entry/parking:

To register - please contact the Minerva Center for Human Rights no later than

the morning of Nov. 24, by phone 02-5881156 or e-mail

Note the conference venues:

On Nov. 24 the conference takes place at Mishkenot Sha'ananim in Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem;

On Nov. 25 the conference takes place at Beit Meiersdorf, Mt. Scopus Campus, Hebrew University.

This invitation, when presented together with ID or passport, constitutes a one-time entry permit

to the Mt. Scopus campus on November 25. Vehicle entry - through the Humanities Gate.