College d’Europe – 14e Colloque de Bruges : La protection des personnes particulièrement vulnérables : quelques enjeux

Le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) et le Collège d’Europe à Bruges ont le plaisir de vous inviter au 14e Colloque en Droit international humanitaire. Au vu du 150e anniversaire du CICR et de l’action humanitaire, le Colloque portera cette année sur: « La protection des personnes particulièrement vulnérables: Quelques enjeux ».

Ce Colloque se tiendra à Bruges les 17 et 18 octobre 2013.

Traduction simultanée anglais/français

 

DAY 1: Thursday, 17 October

9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Coffee

9:30 – 9:40 Welcome address by Prof. Jörg Monar, Rector of the College of Europe

9:40 – 9:50 Welcome address by Mr. François Bellon, Head of Delegation, ICRC Brussels

9:50 – 10:10 Keynote address by Ms. Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the ICRC

10:10 – 10:30 Coffee break

 

SESSION ONE: VULNERABILITIES IN DETENTION – SELECTED ISSUES

Chair person: Elzbieta Mikos-Skuza, University of Warsaw

10:30 – 10:50 Protection under International Humanitarian Law: the need to strengthen the law applicable in non-international armed conflicts.

Speaker: Ramin Mahnad, ICRC Legal Division

10:50 – 11:10 Protection under Human Rights Law: a useful complement? Opportunities and limits

Speaker: Françoise Hampson, University of Essex

11:10 – 11:30 Can non-state actors ensure adequate protection to vulnerable groups in detention?

Speaker: Philip Alston, New York University (tbc)

11:30 – 12:15 Discussion

12:15 – 14:00 Sandwich lunch

 

SESSION TWO: VULNERABILITIES IN HOSTILITIES – THE EXAMPLE OF HEALTH CARE

Chair person: Frederik Harhoff, Judge, ICTY (tbc)

14:00 – 14:20 Attacks against wounded, sick, shipwrecked and medical personnel; as well as the challenges posed by “follow up strikes”

Speaker: Julia Grignon, Laval University

14:20 – 14:40 Military entries into medical facilities: the ISAF experience and lessons learned

Speaker: Col. Norm Allen, ISAF Legal Adviser, NATO (tbc)

14:40 – 15:00 « Acts harmful to the enemy » versus « direct participation in hostilities » or when does medical and religious personnel lose protection against attacks?

Speaker: Marco Sassòli, University of Geneva

15:00 – 15:45 Discussion

 

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break

 

SESSION THREE: SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Chair person: Mykola Gnatovskyy, University of Kiev

16:00 – 16:20 Sexual violence as an absolute prohibition under IHL and HRL

Speaker: Hélène Tigroudja, Université d’Aix-Marseilles (tbc)

16:20 – 16:40 Criminalization and prosecution of sexual violence in armed conflict at the domestic level: grave breaches and universal jurisdiction

Speaker: Theo Rycroft, United Kingdom (Mission Geneva) (tbc)

16:40 – 17:00 Towards a « right to abortion » for women impregnated by rape? A legal and ethical issue

Speaker: Gloria Gaggioli, ICRC Legal Division

17:00 – 17:45 Discussion

 

19:30 – 22:30 Dinner

 

DAY 2: Friday, 18 October

SESSION FOUR: RECRUITMENT AND OTHER ASSOCIATION OF CHILDREN WITH ARMED FORCES OR ARMED GROUPS

Chair person: Paul Berman, Director, Council of the EU Legal Service

9:00 – 9:20 Protection of children against recruitment and participation in hostilities – IHL and HRL as complementary legal frameworks

Speaker: Matthew Happold, University of Luxembourg

9:20 – 9:40 The Paris Principles: Towards increased implementation

Speaker: Saudamini Siegrist, UNICEF

9:40 – 10:00 The Lubanga case – A Critical Analysis

Speaker: Tomaso Falchetta, Child Soldiers International

10:00 – 10:45 Discussion

 

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

 

11:00 – 12:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: CROSS-BORDER HUMANITARIAN AID

Moderator: Manuel Bessler, Vice Director, Delegate for humanitarian aid and head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) (tbc)

Panelists:

  • Horst Fischer Leiden University and Netherlands Red Cross Chair (tbc)
  • Françoise Bouchet Saulnier Médecins sans Frontières
  • Hansjoerg Strohmeyer UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (tbc)
  • Manoj Joshi Observer Research Foundation (tbc)

 

12:30 – 13:00 CONCLUDING REMARKS AND CLOSURE

Ms. Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the ICRC

 

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