From theology to technology: a call for IHL ambassadors in the Asia-Pacific region

May 2024

By Dr. Ai Kihara-Hunt, Dr. Jonathan Kwik, and Kelisiana Thynne

The Asia-Pacific region is diverse in religious, ethnic and historical backgrounds as well as in economic development. However, armed conflict is often not recognized by states in the region, and...

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Fostering Global Dialogue: Asia-Pacific States Discuss International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Operations During Armed Conflict

Jul 2023

By Fasya Addina Teixeira and Christian Donny Putranto

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia have recently published a new report of the Asia-Pacific regional consultation on international...

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Civilianization of Digital Operations: A Risky Trend

Apr 2023

By Mauro Vignati and Kubo Mačák

The growing involvement of civilians in activities on the digital battlefield puts individuals at risk of harm and contributes to the erosion of the principle of distinction, an edifice on which the rest of...

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Australia’s Office of the Special Investigator: to what extent can victims participate in potential war crimes prosecutions?

Jan 2022

By Mary Flanagan

An Office of Special Investigator (OSI) is currently undertaking an unprecedented investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in Afghanistan. The allegations concern unlawful killings, inhuman treatment of prisoners, competition...

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IHL and Cyber Operations during Armed Conflicts

Oct 2021


  1. Professor Sheng Hongsheng, Professor of Law at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law in China,
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Nuclear Weapons and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: an Asia-Pacific Perspective

Nov 2021


  1. Her Highness, Tan Sri Tunku Putri Intan Safinaz Binti Almarhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Tunku Temenggong Kedah...

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Laws of the “LAWS”: IHL Remarks on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

Jan 2022

By Dr. Ali Masoudi Lamraski

Physically removing weapons users or controllers from the battlefield has been considered the primary driving factor for advancements in military weapons technology. This tendency has led to the so-called “third revolution...

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Justice for Syrians under the International Criminal Court: Applying the Myanmar Model of Territorial Jurisdiction for Cross-border Crimes

May 2021

By Natasha Chabbra

The jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, since its inception, has been firmly rooted in the principle of voluntary participation through ratification of the Rome Statute. In 2018, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International...

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Radio silence: autonomous military aircraft and the importance of communication

Dec 2020

By Dr. Eve Massingham

Communication is central to military operations but very susceptible to disruption and interception. Autonomous military aircraft may reduce this vulnerability and allow the military to operate more effectively in communications denied environments. However,...

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