The organisers intend to publish selected papers in an edited, peer-reviewed collection.

Exeter welcomes international humanitarian law scholars and practitioners

On 22 and 23 September 2016, Exeter Law School hosted an expert roundtable with the theme “The Impact of the Law of Armed Conflict on General International Law”. Fifteen scholars and practitioners from eight countries gathered at Reed Hall to discuss topics ranging from the creation of international legal norms to considering challenges facing armed conflict in the 21st century.

Those presenting papers at the roundtable included Prof. Michael N. Schmitt (Exeter and US Naval War College), Prof. Françoise Hampson (Essex), Prof. Charles Garraway (Essex), Ms. Elvina Pothelet (International Committee of the Red Cross), Mr. Rogier Bartels (International Criminal Court), Dr. Katharine Fortin (Utrecht), Mr. Vito Todeschini (Aarhus), Dr. Marco Longobardo (Rome ‘Sapienza’ and Messina), Mr. Remy Jorritsma (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg), and Dr. Antal Berkes (Manchester). Dr. Agnieszka-Jachec-Neale and Dr. Aurel Sari (co-directors of Exeter International Law Forum) also participated in the discussions, as did Dr. David Leary (Reading) who additionally provided important research assistance.

The roundtable was co-organized by Dr. Kubo Mačák (Exeter) and Dr. Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne (Reading). After the event, Dr. Mačák said: “The question explored by the roundtable is one that is rarely asked and yet it carries great importance for our understanding of both areas of the law and their mutual relationship. We were very pleased with the high level of all contributions and we hope to develop the ties established here today into a more permanent research network in the future.”

Looking ahead, the organisers intend to publish selected papers in an edited, peer-reviewed collection. The publication will provide a systematic and comprehensive examination of the impact of the law of armed conflict on general international law.

The event was supported by the College of the Social Sciences and International Studies of the University of Exeter and was run under the auspices of Exeter International Law Forum at Exeter Law School. 

Date: 26 September 2016

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