International Humanitarian Law Workshop

Friday, Sept. 28, to Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Armstrong Hall, 1100 S. McAllister Ave.
Tempe, AZ

Sponsored by the Center for Law and Global Affairs and the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter.

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) was once a somewhat obscure, technical, and highly specialized area of law. It is now is a topic of everyday conversation, as there are daily news stories utilizing IHL in conflict zones across the world and numerous cases are proceeding in U.S. and foreign courts adjudicating IHL rules and treaties. Despite the increased attention to IHL, strong misunderstandings and interpretations of it persist.  One of the goals of this course is to equip students with the tools they need to understand and apply IHL, evaluate arguments and claims about IHL, and be effective advocates in situations and cases that implicate IHL.

This workshop features lectures and hands-on exercises that guide participants through an intensive examination of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians. Sessions will be led by legal professionals from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the American Red Cross, law professors and international law practitioners. Topics include:

• IHL principles
• Conflict classification
• Means and methods of warfare
• Protection of civilians under IHL
• Non-state actors and direct participation in hostilities
• Enforcement of IHL

The workshop is open to law and graduate students with a preference for those working on international law and policy issues. Students are expected to attend all of the sessions in the program. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion for the IHL Training from the American Red Cross and the Center for Law and Global Affairs (CLGA).

This workshop and the course materials are provided at no cost to accepted applicants. Students will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Food will be provided by the program organizers.

Registration is limited and competitive. Completed applications, including a statement of interest, must be received by CLGA by email, fax or mail no later than Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. Acceptance decisions will be made based on applicants’ relevant course and field experiences and statements of interest. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

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