Newsletter - April 2015


Dear friends,

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of our newsletter. As the international humanitarian law (IHL) world advances rapidly these days, we wish to provide you with a snapshot of recent developments, writing and upcoming events in the field of IHL. One of the most alarming armed conflicts these days is taking place in Yemen. This conflict raises several international law and IHL questions, and in our upcoming IHL Forum session we will discuss some of these issues.

We also wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the Israeli team of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that competed in the 27th edition of the Jean-Pictet competition on IHL and advanced to the semi-finals, and the National University of Singapore for winning the competition.

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Ido Rosenzweig

ALMA Chairman.

Local News & IHL Events

1) The next session of the Joint International Humanitarian Law Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 29 2015, 18:30 in room A323 at the IDC. In the forum Larry Maybee (ICRC) and Yoni Eshpar (UNSCO) will discuss International Law Aspects of the Situation in Yemen.

2) The International Law Forum of the Hebrew University will be held on Tuesday April 28, 2015, 14:30 in room 119, the Faculty of Law in Jerusalem. In the forum Prof. Eugene Kontrovich (Northwestren University) will discuss: Resolution 242 Revistited: New Evidence on the Required Scope of Israeli Withdrawal.

3) Shurat HaDin Law of War Conference "Towards a New Law of War", will be held in May 4-5, 2015 in Jerusalem. Registration is now available.

New IHL Articles & Media

1) Michal N. Schmitt, Cyber Operations and IHL: Fault Lines and Vectors (Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict)

2) Nathalie Weizmann, When Does Int’l Humanitarian Law Call for Releasing Prisoners in Armed Conflicts (Just security)

3) David Luban, Human Rights Thinking and the Laws of War (Georgetown University Law Center)

4) Carsten Stahn, Reparative Justice after the Lubanga Appeals Judgment on Principles and Procedures of Reparation (EJIL: Talk!)

5) Mark Gubrud, Killer robots, international law, and just war theory (The New Atlantis Blog)

6) Report: Mind the Gap,The 'Killer Robots' Accountability Gap (Human Rights Watch)

7) Michael N. Schmitt, John J Merriam, The Tyranny of Context: Israeli Targeting Practices in Legal Perspective (SSRN)

8) Fabián Raimondo, The International Court of Justice as a Guardian of the Unity of Humanitarian Law (SSRN)

9) Hani Sayed, The Fictions of the 'illegal' Occupation in the West Bank and Gaza (SSRN)

10) ICRC, Follow the ICRC humanitarian response to the Yemen crisis

@ALMA_IHL Selected Tweets

1) #IHLevent MT .@VBernardV: .@CroixRouge & .@ICRC next course in French on #IHL for practitioners and policy makers:

2) @NSCPress: All parties must comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law. #Syria #Yarmouk

3)#IHL & investigations of alleged violations - IDF Military Advocate General (MAG) on #ProtectiveEdge investigations

4) Sean Murphy, William Schabas, Nimrod Karin, and Ken Anderson on panel on the Israel/Palestine Conflict #ASILAM15