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Capturing 60 Years of Practice

Forelæsning — The Update of the ICRC’s Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions (1949) and the Additional Protocols (1977)


Date & Time:

Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Hosted by:
Centre for International Law, Conflict and Crisis (CILCC) and the Danish Red Cross



We are pleased to announce a presentation by Dr. Eve La Haye (legal adviser at the ICRC) on the ICRC’s Commentary Project. The event is jointly organised by CILCC and the Danish Red Cross.

The four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their two Additional Protocols of 1977 form the basis of international humanitarian law (IHL). They spell out the essential rules applicable in situations of armed conflict, including the protection of civilians, medical and religious personnel, and other persons hors de combat. Their application and interpretation have developed significantly in the sixty years since the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) published its first Commentaries.

To promote a better understanding of, and respect for, this body of law, the ICRC commissioned a comprehensive update of its original Commentaries. The Commentary Project is headed by Dr. Jean-Marie Henckaerts (co-author of the ICRC’s Customary IHL Study) and has so far completed the Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions I and II, relating to the protection of the wounded, sick and shipwrecked members of the armed forces.

These new article-by-article Commentaries take into account developments in law and practice over the past six decades gleaned from state practice, case law, legal writings and the ICRC archives. They have undergone an extensive peer review by practitioners and academics from around the world, and are an essential tool for anyone working or studying within this field of law.

Time:  Tuesday 3. October 2017, 10:15-11:15

Venue: Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S

For participation in the event please use this registration form no later than Sunday 1 October 2017.

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