IHL Summer School 2022

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS
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MASTER OF LAWS PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF ARMENIA

Regional International Humanitarian Law

Summer School 2022

Dates

30 August – 3 September 2022

Format: hybrid

Both participation in Yerevan and online participation are possible

Hosting institution and platform:

the American University of Armenia and MS Teams

 

We are pleased to announce that after two years of online format the Annual Regional International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Summer School turns into hybrid format i.e. both online and face-to-face participation is possible in 2022. The Summer School is organized jointly by the American University of Armenia (AUA) and the Delegation of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Armenia.

Traditionally the event provides a unique opportunity of IHL learning and networking in the region. This year, following the developments in the region and the armed conflict in Ukraine unprecedented interest to the IHL has been registered among members of academia and numerous IHL related issues and concerns have been raised through different platforms, media, academic, diplomatic and political.

This Summer School will investigate the role of international humanitarian law in dealing with global challenges posed by armed conflicts worldwide. We will link the general IHL to present-day challenges of global interest. Meanwhile, the summer course aims to introduce the participants to the most important tenets of international law. These include the nature and function of international humanitarian law, its sources and general principles.

The mission of this year’s summer school is to develop a general understanding on the essence and limits of IHL as well as the specificities of the ICRC work in different contexts.

The 2022 Regional Summer School will be dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the ICRC presence in Armenia.

As always we did our best to develop an intensive and rich in content program to which seasoned local and international experts contribute. This year we secured participation of Prof. Vaios Koutroulis, Professor of Public International Law International Law Centre Université libre de Bruxelles, member of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC), Dr. Andrey Kozik, ICRC Regional Legal Coordinator and Dr. Michael Riepl, representing ICRC as well as other experienced national and international experts.

We hope, the lecturers of the summer school can offer some clarity and help attendees to orientate themselves better in IHL field, elaborate and strengthen their trust on the importance of IHL and ICRC for the protection of those affected by the armed conflicts in the most severe way.

The summer school invites advanced students and young professionals working in government and non-government organizations who in their work come across tasks related to public international law and its branches.

The course will be held predominantly in the evening hours (Yerevan time) except for Saturday daytime session.

Working language of the IHL summer school is English.

 

Why is this Summer School needed?

Unfortunately, wars remain a reality of our word, which has made the IHL one of the most developed and still developing branches of the public international law.  The IHL protects persons who do not or do no longer participate in hostilities and put some limits to the means and methods of a warfare.

Knowledge of IHL is

  • an essential asset for those working on or in countries affected by an armed conflict, and for those interested in or already working for international humanitarian organizations or other related fields.
  • the prerequisite of its respect: the more practicing lawyers, politicians, advanced students know the IHL philosophy and content the better it is reflected on the decision making and practical level in a short-term and long-term perspective.
  • a tool to develop firm and informed position on the need and use of this branch of law even in circumstances when other laws seem not to be working anymore.

Through the summer school the AUA and the ICRC aim to support young professionals interested in IHL to extend their network, build their IHL expertise and apply the knowledge in their professional life. It aids them on how to play their role in promoting IHL compliance in their countries of origin or work.

For our region, regrettably, the IHL goes far beyond the textbooks and the summer school will also help to better understand the IHL challenges and developments on specific practical examples and case studies. As always, all sessions will focus primarily on concrete examples rather than on pure theory and philosophy.

This year the main issue in focus and the “umbrella” theme will be situation of an international armed conflict and different categories of persons protected by IHL and the international human rights law.

Themes covered by the program include:

  1. The dichotomy of jus in bello and jus ad bellum
  2. Interplay between the IHL and the International Human Rights Law
  3. Means and methods of warfare
  4. Implementation of IHL
  5. Combatants and prisoners of war
  6. Civilians and civilian internees
  7. Missing people and the dead
  8. The ICRC role as a neutral intermediary and its mandate on protected persons
  9. End of summer school quiz

Summer School Program (minor changes are possible in the program)

 

Selection criteria

  • Background in the public international law and/or the IHL is required. In particular, an eligible candidate should have either working experience in the humanitarian and other relevant sectors (international and local NGOs, state agencies, international organizations, national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies) or current enrollment in a master/postgraduate program in law, political science, international relations and other adjacent fields of study
  • The course will be open to participants from Eurasia region
  • Working proficiency in English

Interested candidates are asked to

  • fill out the application form electronically, put their name and surname in the name of the file;
  • attach their curriculum vitae (max 3 pages) as well as
  • a letter of motivation (max 300 words)

The application package shall be written in English and sent to [email protected] and [email protected] mentioning again the applicant’s name and surname and “IHL summer school” words in the subject line by Wednesday, 20 July, 2022 (23.59 GMT).

The results of the selection process will be communicated to all candidates by 1 August 2022.

Expenses

The course offered is free of charge. However, travel, meals and accommodation costs for those who are invited to participate in person are not covered by the organizers and must be arranged by the participants themselves.

Certification and awards

As the program follows a logical structure, participants are expected to be present throughout the course. Those participants who attended at least 7 out of 9 sessions either online of in person will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon the completion of the course.

An IHL quiz will be offered during the last session of the summer school and those who scored in the top 3 will be awarded a certificate of achievement and will receive summer school souvenirs.