Book Review of “Revisiting the Geneva Conventions: 1949-2019”

Oct 2022

By Santosh Anand

The standard disciplinary history of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 tended to depict a picture that was exclusively a triumph of humanitarian principles. Only much later did revisionist scholarly accounts emerge that analyzed the present day issues...

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Interview with Dr Helen Durham

Oct 2022

Allelu de Jesus and Jeffrey-Michael Sison, Legal Advisers International Committee of the Red Cross

Dr Helen Durham has been the director of international law and policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (“ICRC”) since 2014. Previously,...

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Preliminary Pages

Oct 2021

Asia-Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law

2021 Edition

Foreword by Ms. Sahar Haroon, ICRC Regional Legal Adviser in Southeast Asia Preface by Prof. Rommel J. Casis, Managing Editor

Part I. Voices from the Region

Interview with Judge O-Gon Kwon Preliminary Remarks on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems from...

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Interview with Judge O-Gon Kwon

Oct 2021

Judge O-Gon Kwon was a permanent judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from November 2001 to March 2016. He was also Vice President of the tribunal from 2008 to 2011. At the ICTY, he presided...

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Preliminary Remarks on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems from an IHL Perspective

Oct 2021

By Dr. Ali Masoudi Lamraski

During the past decades, developments for lethal autonomous weapons systems continued unabated and various States have dedicated significant resources to research and development on these systems. While there is no standard, universally-accepted definition...

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The Humanitarian Exemption Challenge: Securing the Philippine Humanitarian Space in the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020

Oct 2021

By Leandro Anton M. Castro

The interaction between counter-terrorism law and international humanitarian law has long been the subject of extensive legal discourse. Concomitant issues include whether international humanitarian law applies in the context of terrorism, the determination...

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The Red Cross Society of China in the Beiyang Government Period (1912-1928): A Civil Society Organisation Amidst Political Unrest

Oct 2021

By Dr. Bingling Wei

The background of the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) reveals the rich history of humanitarian efforts in the twentieth century in China, particularly during the Beiyang Government period (1912-1928). Against the backdrop of...

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The Use of Military Units and Personnel for International Rescue and Relief Operations: Pertinent Issues Related to the 2011 East Japan Earthquake

Oct 2021

By Dr. Yoshi Kodama

This article attempts to examine the challenges and possible prescriptions of operations by foreign military and civil rescue and relief assistance teams, using the 2011 East Japan earthquake as a case study. The article...

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Displacement of the Rohingya Before the ICJ and the ICC: Same Conduct, Different Crimes in International Law?

Oct 2021

By Lucas Alcici and Dr. Saba Pipia

This article analyses the ongoing proceedings before the ICJ and the ICC relating to the suppression and persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar. It outlines the legitimacy of standing of the...

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Prosecution of War Crimes in Australia: Prospects for Victim Participation

Oct 2021

By Mary Flanagan

An Office of Special Investigator has been established to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Australian Defence Force personnel in Afghanistan. The development follows an unprecedented investigation by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force...

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