Events12th IHL Conference for Young Researchers

Russian–Armenian University, in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Armenia, invites all the interested to attend the 12th International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law. This year, the conference will be held under the theme, 70 Years of Geneva Conventions: Time to Reflect on Achievements and Plan for Future Developments”. The conference will take place at Russian-Armenian University on November 21-23, 2019.
The conference offers a unique platform for discussion of contemporary issues and perspectives related to the development of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Every year, the event hosts prominent experts in the field of IHL. This year, the expert guests of the conference are Bill Boothby,Alfons Vanheusden, Andrey Kozik and Michael J. Strauss.
Bill BOOTHBY is the former Deputy Director of Legal Services for the Royal Air Force, member of the International Group of Experts of the Tallinn Manual. Air Commodore Bill Boothby (Retired) served for 30 years in the Royal Air Force Legal Branch, retiring as Deputy Director of Legal Services in July 2011. In 2009, he took a Doctorate at the Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany and published ‘Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict’ through OUP (now in its 2nd Edition) in the same year.  His second book, “The Law of Targeting”, appeared with the same publisher in 2012. He has been a member of Groups of Experts that addressed Direct Participation in Hostilities and that produced the HPCR Manual of the Law of Air and Missile Warfare, the 2013 Tallinn Manual on the Law of Cyber Warfare and the Leuven Manual on Peace Operations Law. His third book, addressing Conflict Law, was published in 2014.In March 2018, with Prof Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, he published with CUP a Detailed Commentary on the US Department of Defense Law of War Manual and his edited volume on New Technologies and the Law in War and Peace was published by CUP in December 2018.In October 2018, he was appointed Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University. He teaches, among other places, at the Australian National University, at the University of Southern Denmark and at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
Alfons Vanheusden is a Policy and Legal Advisor at the Cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Security and the Interior. He also serves as the Assistant Secretary-General of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War (based in Brussels, Belgium). Furthermore, he is one of the co-editors of the ‘Leuven Manual on the International Law Applicable to Peace Operations’ (Cambridge University Press, December 2017), a Member of the OCCAR’s Appeals Board (Bonn, Germany), and a Reserve Officer (Corvette Captain) of the Belgian Navy.
Andrey KOZIK is the Regional Legal Coordinator for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the ICRC Regional Delegation for the Russian Federation, Belarus and Moldova.
Michael J. STRAUSS is a Ph.D. in international relations and diplomacy and professor of International Relations at the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiqueset Stratégiques in Paris.
Attending the conference will give the participants a unique opportunity to meet international and national experts in IHL, gain new knowledge and experience in the field as well as meet young researchers from different countries and create a valuable professional network. The Conference will gather together participants and moderators from Armenia, Belgium, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Peru, Poland, Russia and USA.
Conference Topics
  • Controversial Aspects of Legal Regulation of Methods of Warfare in Armed Conflicts
  • Autonomous Weapon Systems – New Development, New Challenges
  • Addressing the Human Cost of Detention in Armed Conflicts: Strengthening IHL Protection
  • Transitional Justice – What’s Next? 
The conference program will be available starting from 19 November at:
The working language of the conference is English. 
The opening of the conference will take place at the Grand Hall of Russian-Armenian University on 21 November at 10:30 am.