The 7th Minerva/ICRC Conference on IHL - Schedule

Post date: Nov 22, 2012 10:40:18 PM

The 7th Annual Minerva/ICRC International Conference on International Humanitarian Law:

Conduct of Hostilities and Law Enforcement: A Contradiction in Terms?

Jerusalem, 3-4 December 2012

Day 1, Monday, December 3rd [Konrad Adenauer Conference Center, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem]

16:00-16:30 - Reception

16:30-16:45 - 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

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

Guy Pessach / Academic Director, Minerva Center for Human Rights,

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

16:45-18:00 - Session 1: Keynote Lecture

Francois Hampson / Department of Law and Human Rights Center, University of Essex

"Between Scylla and Charybdis: The Interplay of Conduct of Hostilities and Law Enforcement from a Policing Perspective"

18:00-18:30 - Coffee Break

18:30-20:15 - Session 2: The Interplay between IHL and Law Enforcement - Framing the Debate

Anton Camen / International Committee of the Red Cross - "Interplay of Norms on Using Force"

Amichai Cohen / Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, Ono Academic College - "A Principal Agent Perspective on the Law Enforcement / Conduct of Hostilities Divide"

David Kretzmer / Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Sapir College of Law - "Humanitarian Law and the Conduct of Hostilities - Do They Go Hand-in Hand in Non-International Armed Conflicts?"

Day 2, Tuesday, December 4th, Beit Maiersdorf, Mt. Scopus Campus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

09:00-10:45 - Session 3: Transposing Basic IHL Principles to Law-Enforcement

Eitan Barak / Department of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem - "Between Conduct of Hostilities and Law Enforcement: The Case of Riot-Control Agents and the Chemical Weapons Convention"

Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne / PhD candidate, University of Oxford - "The Role of Necessity in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law"

Michael Newton / Vanderbilt University Law School - "The Proportionality Problem in Modern Counterinsurgency Operations"

10:45-11:15 - Coffee Break

11:15-13:00 - Session 4: Law Enforcement Near the Battlefield?

Rogier Bartels / PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam; Researcher, Netherlands Defence Academy; International Crimes Section, National Prosecutor’s Office, Netherlands - "The Transition from Conduct of Hostilities to Law Enforcement: How to Regulate the Interplay of Both Paradigms at the End of Non-international Armed Conflicts?"

Emma Bickerstaffe / PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge - "Defining the Parameters for the Use of Force during the Iraq War through Rules of Engagement Pocket Cards"

Geoffrey Corn / South Texas College of Law - "The Military Response to Criminal Violent Extremist Groups: Aligning Use of Force Presumptions with Threat Reality"

13:00-14:30 - Recess

14:30-16:15 - Session 5: Law at the Regimes' Edges

Eitan Diamond / International Committee of the Red Cross - "Fighting at the Edge: Some Reflections on the Legal Regime that should Govern the Use of Force at the Spatiotemporal Boundaries of Armed Conflict"

Monica Hakimi / University of Michigan Law School - "A Functional Approach to Targeting and Detention"

Shlomy Zachary / Attorney at Law, Michael Sfard Law Office, Israel - "Neither/Nor, Still Stuck in the Middle - The Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law, 10 Years After"

16:15-16:45 - Coffee Break

16:45-18:30 - Session 6: Atypical Violence - Case Studies

Tamar Feldman and Raghad Jaraisy / Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) - "The Challenge of Protecting the Right to Protest under an Occupation Regime – The Case of Israel and the oPt"

Eliav Lieblich / Radzyner School of Law, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Israel - "Bombs Ahoy! Forcible Counter-Piracy Actions on Somali Territory: Between Law Enforcement and Armed Conflict"

Fatma Süzgün Şahin / PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, Gazi University, Turkey & Serdar Ünver / Attorney at Law, Izmir, Turkey - "Defining Conduct of Hostilities and Law-Enforcement at a Glance: The Case of Uludere"


For registration, information and campus entry/parking permits:

Please contact the Minerva Center for Human Rights by Sunday, Dec. 2nd via e-mail: or tel. 02-5881156, providing your name, ID or passport number and vehicle license plate number.

Please note that on Dec. 3 the conference will take place at Mishkenot Sha'ananim (parking by the Liberty Bell Garden) – and on Dec. 4 the conference will take place at the Hebrew University's Mt. Scopus Campus (parking entry - Humanities Gate).

*Disclaimer - ALMA is not part of the aforementioned conference and is not responsible for the accuracy of the information above which is based on the official publications of the conference.