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A seminar — organized by the PIR Center and the Institute of Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation — forming part of the Midweek Brainstorming Sessions series on Autonomy in Military Affairs — International Legal Aspects.
An informal exchange of views (seminar) — with scholars at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) — concerning academic research on certain topics of international law pertaining to armed conflict.
Inaugural Workshop of the Programme on the Ethics & Law of Trusted Autonomous Systems at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
A Talk by Dr. Ioannis Kalpouzos, Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School. Image credit: Attack and take of the Crête-à-Pierrot. Original illustration by Auguste Raffet, engraving by Hébert, 1839.
Briefing on the Promotion and Strengthening of the Rule of Law in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security: International Humanitarian Law, UN Security Council 8499th Meeting, April 1, 2019. Image credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
In his lecture, Arthur Ripstein will argue that the very thing that makes war wrongful — the fact that which side prevails does not depend on who is in the right — also provides the moral standard for evaluating the conduct of war, both the grounds for going to war and the ways in which wars are fought.
A Talk by Dr. Chiara Redaelli, Visiting Research Fellow, Harvard Law School. Image credit: Fred Marie, Mali: French Operation Barkhane, Dec. 18, 2015, Flickr, License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
On December 3–4, 2018, the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, the International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada, and the Stockton Center for International Law of the U.S. Naval War College will convene a workshop entitled “Artificial Intelligence at the Frontiers of International Law concerning Armed Conflict.”
Informal talk titled “When Should War End? Lessons from International Law” over lunch by Visiting Scholar Elad Uzan. Image credit: Nektarios Markogiannis/UNMISS April 20th, 2017, Flickr, License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Jointly organized by the Mission of Finland, the Law Interest Group of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, UN Environment, Lund University, and the Environmental Law Institute, the seminar will discuss questions that are of relevance to the ILC topic of “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflict.” Image credit: UN Photo/John Isaac [link].
On October 4–5, 2018, HLS PILAC Senior Researcher Dustin Lewis participated in two panels at CyFy 2018, hosted by the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, India: “Algorithms, AI and Armed Conflict” and “Private Sector Tech and Militarisation.” Image credit: @benjaminang.
Legal, Moral, and Military Implications of “Collateral Damage”: A Lunch Talk with Prof. Janina Dill. Image credit: US Air Force, Refuel over Iraq, Sept. 23, 2014.
An informal discussion with Dr. David Scharia, Director, Chief of Branch, United Nations Security Council – Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED). Image credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider.
Dustin A. Lewis presented on “criminalization” of humanitarian action in counterterrorism frameworks at the panel on “Humanitarian Access in Armed Conflict” at the 2018 ASIL Annual Meeting. Image credit: ICRC, Flickr, 2012, License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
A talk by Sharon Weill on “French Counterterrorism Practices: Criminal and Administrative Avenues.” Image credit: Wally Gobetz, “Paris - Île de la Cité: Palais de Justice,” Flickr, License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
A talk by Anthony Dworkin concerning the question of when the State’s use of force in non-international armed conflicts is justified. Image credit: United Nations Photo, “Scene from MINUSMA Camp in Timbuktu,” Flickr, License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
A lunchtime lecture by Prof. Daniel Statman (University of Haifa). Image credit: Chaoyue PAN 超越 潘, “Return To Homs,” Flickr, License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
A Side Event at the 2017 Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems. Image credit: UN Geneva, “Palais des Nations & Ariana Park,” Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
A Conversation with Georg Nolte, moderated by Professor Gabriella Blum. Image credit: UN Photo/Anne-Laure Lechat [link].
This year, leading academics, practitioners and international experts will examine a number of legal challenges raised by the application of the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions on the occasion of their 40th anniversary.
As part of the celebration of the occasion of its 150th Anniversary, the Netherlands Red Cross is hosting an interactive conference on international humanitarian law, with a focus on themes concerning compliance. Image credit: Roel Wijnants, “Zuiderstrandtheater Scheveningen,” Flickr, license: CC BY-NC 2.0.
With the aim to advance international efforts, including those of the UN, to protect health care in conflict areas in follow-up to UNSC Resolution 2286, the Permanent Missions of Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom in collaboration with the Lancet-American University of Beirut Commission on Syria and Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, are organizing a High-Level Side Event during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Image credit: swedennewyork, “The ECOSOC Council Chamber,” on Flickr; license: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).
International Law in Practice: Working in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, with Sabeena Rajpal and Jeremy Freeman
This side event is presented by the Switzerland and the Harvard Law School, Program on International Law and Armed Conflict and organised in the framework of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment.Photo credit: U.N. Photo/Stuart Price (Flickr).
On February 9–10, 2017, the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (HLS PILAC), the International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada, and the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, U.S. Naval War College, convened a workshop in Newport, Rhode Island entitled “International Legal Implications of Military Space Operations.”
A lunch discussion with Dustin Lewis on accountability for war algorithms, hosted by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.
Lunch presentation by Dr. Gloria Gaggiolio on the multi-faceted concept of self-defense in armed conflicts and international law. Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0.
Join Mr. Robert Taylor '75, Principal Deputy General Counsel, Department of Defense, for a conversation about current and future challenges in national security law, including cybersecurity, targeting, and use of force. Image credit: Kevin Harber, “Pentagon,” Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Lunch conversation with former United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, moderated by Gabriella Blum, Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Faculty Director of the HLS Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. Image: U.S. Pacific Command, SECDEF in China, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Alongside HLS PILAC’s research portfolio, we collaborate with student researchers, scholars, and practitioners to engage with states, intergovernmental organizations, U.N. system actors, and NGOs through an array of activities.
We regularly convenes workshops to identify, explore, and understand contemporary challenges concerning armed conflict and international law. Beginning in 2016, for example, HLS PILAC has co-organized a series of workshops — on detention, outer space, and artificial intelligence — with the International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada and the Stockton Center for International Law, U.S. Naval War College.
In collaboration with the HLS Case Studies Program, HLS PILAC develops real-world-based case studies. In each exercise, students act as senior-level decision-makers to resolve legal and policy dilemmas that arise in armed conflicts.
To leverage our research and provide students with real-world policy experience, we provide high-level briefings on its key areas of focus to decision-makers in government, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs. Through these briefings, students experience how international law and international law expertise relate to complex policy decision-making across the spectrum of viewpoints concerning situations of armed conflict.
In collaboration and consultation with several Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York, we seek to translate HLS PILAC’s research and scholarship into engagements at events for U.N. legal, security, human-rights, and humanitarian advisors. The Program regularly briefs legal and policy advisors on academic research concerning complex challenges, and participates in side events at meetings, conferences, and other events.
The Program hosts the Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement Project’s Senior Law and Policy Working Group, which comprises over 90 senior humanitarian, counterterrorism, and human rights practitioners, policy advisers, directors, and general counsel. As HLS PILAC continues to develop, we will also explore collaborations with academic institutions and centers.
[Activities write-up last updated: April 2019]