Joint IHL Forum

The Joint International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Forum


The Forum is on Sabbatical until further notice


The Joint International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Forum of ALMA and the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy 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).

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Ms. Tamar Sacerdoti, 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 –

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)

d. Regulating the Un(der) Regulated - Protection of Own Forces from War Crimes & Crimes against Humanity. (March 2017)

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)

c. Unsettled: A Global Study of Settlements in Occupied Terroitory (November 2016)

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 University– The 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 Israel–Torture 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 Scharia, Senior 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 Dann, ALMA– 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)

40. Adv. Avinoam Cohen - Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, Concord Research Center for Integration of international Law in Israel, The College of Management Academic Studies- "Between the Common Asylum System and a Global Appropach to Migration and Mobility: European Responses to the Refugee Crisis" (October 2015)

41. Adv. Yael Vias Gvirsman, ALMA and Director of the International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian law Clinic, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya - "Cultural Protected Objectives and the ICC: ICC Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Mahd" (October 2015)

42.Adv. Eitan Diamond, PhD candidate at Tel Aviv University, formor Executive Director of Gisha-Legal Center for the Freedom of Movement report of Gisha - "Separating Land, Separating People: Legal Analysis of Access Restrictions between Gaza and the West Bank" (November 2015)

43. Adv. Tom Gal, ALMA's vice chairman and co-founder. PhD candidate in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law at the University of Geneva and working as a teaching and research assistant at the Geneva Academy for Humanitarian Law and Human Rights- "Applicability of the Law of Occupation to War by Proxy" (November 2015)

44. Adv. Christie Edwards, Director of International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross and the Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG)- "Women and Armed Conflicts" (December 2015)

45. Dr. Eliav Lieblich, Assistant Professor in the Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC)- "Robot Warfare and the Problem of Bound Discretion" (March 2016)

46. Dr. Liran Antebi, Research Fellow at the The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)- "Autonomous systems- will destroy mankind, or save us from ourselves?"(March 2016)

47. Prof. Yishai Beer, Professor of Law at the Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC)- "Humanity Considerations Cannot Reduce War’s Hazards Alone: Revitalizing the Concept of Military Necessity" (April 2016)

Invitations for Previous Sessions

Academic school year (2017-2018)

May 23, 2018

January 17, 2018

December 20, 2017

Academic school year (2016-2017)

April 19, 2017

March 22, 2017

November 30, 2016

Academic school year (2015-2016)

13 April 2016

30 March 2016

16 December 2015

30 November 2015

11 November 2015

28 October 2015

Academic school year (2014 - 2015)

3 June 2015

29 April 2015

25 March 2015

28 January 2015

10 December 2014

29 October 2014

Academic school year (2013 - 2014)

18 June 2014

28 May 2014

30 April 2014

26 March 2014

16 December 2013

30 October 2013

Academic school year (2012 - 2013)

19 June 2013

13 May 2013

7 January 2013

5 December 2012

7 November 2012

Academic school year (2011 - 2012)

27 June 2012

14 March 2012

29 February 2012

30 January 2012

27 December 2011

Academic school year (2010 - 2011)

6 July 2011

1 June 2011

30 March 2011

23 February 2011

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