Saturday, Feb 06, 2021 10:00a -
Medford, Massachusetts 02155
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Born on the Battlefield is a three-hour introduction to International Humanitarian Law presented by the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. We will discuss the beginnings of the of the Red Cross Movement and the birth of modern International Humanitarian Law.
What is IHL?
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a set of rules that seeks to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects people who are not or are no longer participating in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare.
What does the course cover?
The course covers the history and fundamental principles of IHL, the treaties on which it is based, in particular the Geneva Conventions and related instruments; and its evolution in customary international law, rules that come from general practices accepted as law that exist independent of treaty law.
At the conclusion, participants will not only be able to analyze the legality of actions in armed conflicts, they will also understand the role the Red Cross Movement has played in the development of IHL.
This course is designed for individuals with an interest or background in international humanitarian law, human rights, or international affairs. It is suitable for undergraduates, law students, graduate students in related areas, and legal or international affairs professionals.
There are no prerequisites for this course. Come prepared with any questions that you may have.