AnnouncementsXI International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law

31.10.2018
 
 
150th Anniversary of the First Treaty on International Humanitarian Law -
the St. Petersburg Declaration of 1868
 
Russian-Armenian University (RAU) in cooperation with the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Armenia (ICRC) announce the 11th International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law, which will be held from 13 December to 15 December 2018 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. The Conference is a unique international platform for the discussion of contemporary issues and perspectives related to IHL development among young scholars. Since 2007 the geography of the Conference has grown: during these years RAU has hosted participants from Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Georgia, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Armenia and other states. 
 
Each year the participants of the Conference, as well as the invited national and international experts are offered a platform to share their views on different issues related to IHL development. With this the Conference undoubtedly makes an effective contribution to the whole process of reaffirmation and development of IHL. Over the years the organizers of the Conference have hosted a number of renowned international experts in the field of International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law and Constitutional Law, thus providing a unique possibility to the participants not only to be heard by the seasoned professionals and experts, but also to engage with them in an open discussion over their opinions and views. On top of it all, the Conference is providing a unique opportunity to the alumni to become a part of an already established international network of legal professionals from all over the world. Finally, the Conference provides a unique cultural experience of visiting the always beautiful and hospitable Armenia and gives a chance to meet old and new friends from all over the world.
 
Last year’s Conference is also available on Facebook >>
 
Young researchers in the field of IHL under the age of 35 are invited to take part in the Conference participants’ pre-selection process. This year the Organizing Committee will also consider applications for the maximum of three positions of moderators of the one of below mentioned sections.
 
In order to apply the applicants should submit a research paper strictly within the scope of the announced conference topics presented below (meanwhile, not being limited by sub-topics).
 
The APPLICATION PACKAGE should be sent to ihlconferencerau@gmail.com and be comprised of:
  1. The Paper Abstract stating among others author’s original thesis, objectives and conclusions (maximum 1000 words, if selected, the participant will have to present the full version of the paper (up to 4500 words prior to the Conference according to Annex 2),
  2. Duly Completed Application Form (according to Annex 1, application form can also be downloaded from the following web site http://ihl.rau.am ),
  3. Professional CV, also stating IHL related research (if any) and academic interests.
  4. English language proficiency certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.). In case of absence of such certificate the Organizing Committee reserves the right to conduct an interview with the applicant via Skype to check his/her English language proficiency.
Applicants applying for the position of moderator should also submit a short motivation letter (maximum 500 words) describing their previous experience in the sphere of IHL and reasons for their willingness to participate as a moderator for one of the sections listed below.
 
The deadline for submitting the application package is November 8, 2018 at 19:00, GMT + 4:00. The applicants will be selected on a competitive basis. The selection results will be announced on November 14, 2017. Selected applicants will receive an official invitation letter, including the program details and the venue.
 
Organizing Committee will provide the visa support for the participants of the Conference, as well as the accommodation, meals, local transportation and materials during the Conference days. Please note that round-trip travel expenses are to be covered by the participants of the Conference.
 
 
THE CONFERENCE PANELS
 
PANEL 1. PRINCIPLES OF WEAPONS USE: ORIGINS, EVOLUTION, NEW LEGAL AND TACTICAL READING 
This section is left open for the choice of participants
 
PANEL 2. HEALTH CARE IN DANGER - PROTECTION OF HEALTH WORKERS AND INFRASTRUCTURE, INCREASED NEEDS OF STRENGTHENING THE EFFORTS THERE 
Following issues could be analyzed
·        tackling violence against health care and safeguarding principles
·        responsibilities of health care personnel working in armed conflicts
·        military operational practice that ensures safe access to and delivery of health care 
 
PANEL 3. MISSING PERSONS: PHYSIOLOGICAL, SOCIAL, LEGAL ASPECTS OF DEALING WITH THE PAST 
Following issues could be analyzed
·       missing persons and post-conflict reconciliation
·       missing persons and legal aspects – prevention effect of legal norms
·       humanitarian action and missing persons
·       needs of the families and justice
 
PANEL 4. MOVIES AND IHL
Following issues could be analyzed
·       memory and war, 
·       contribution of movies to reconciliation
·       contribution of movies to maintaining of the collective memory 
·       movies and propaganda in war 
 
PANEL 5. RULE OF PROPORTIONALITY IN IHL: MILITARY AND LEGAL APPROACHES. 
Following issues could be analyzed
·      defining the relevant advantage for the principle of proportionality: concrete, direct and military
·      relevance of force protection and protection of civilians’ considerations
·      relevant types of incidental harm (illness and mental harm, harm to civilian use of ‘dual-use objects’, economic losses and displacement, reverberating effects)
·      the reasonable military commander’s assessment of excessiveness