International Humanitarian Law Unit
Our International Humanitarian Law Programme provides many opportunities for deepening scholarship as well as developing engagement with policy makers internationally on contemporary issues within the field of international humanitarian law.
Established in 2012, it provides an important platform for activities including an Annual Lecture on International Humanitarian Law, which is delivered by a senior figure in the field. The Programme also hosts an annual roundtable, specifically designed for our LLM students, which allows them to speak and share their views on a designated theme alongside a panel of expert speakers. Past themes have included the Kony2012 video, propaganda during the First World War, starvation and humanitarian assistance and the treatment of journalists in modern warfare.
Finally, the Programme offers coaching and contact with past peers to sponsor participation in the Concours Pictet, an international humanitarian law moot. It will also facilitate timely discussions on armed conflict characterisations (for example, Libya, Syria) and will offer to host a website of opinion papers by experts on whether hostilities have reached the point of international/non-international armed conflict.