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I'm very happy to report that the 3rd annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict will occur at Oxford next week. As I explained last summer, this event is co-sponsored by the ICRC's DC and London delegations, the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict, the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations, South Texas College of Law (through the good offices of my friend Geoff Corn), and the Strauss Center at UT (which I direct). It's going to be an amazing event, though alas it is not open to the public and won't be recorded. At any rate, I thought readers would at least be interested in seeing the topics that will be debated and discussed:
The 2015 workshop will again bring together senior government officials, senior military with leading and emerging academics from the UK, continental Europe, North America and Israel. The first day will focus on issues including: targeting in armed conflict (the issue of direct participation in hostilities); humanitarian access in armed conflict; and foreign intervention in non-international armed conflicts. Discussion will center on issues that have arisen in practice in a number of recent conflicts, including an examination of the position taken by states involved in those conflicts. The second day will concentrate on the judicial application of international humanitarian law, including (i) an examination of how IHL is applied by international tribunals charged principally with the application of other bodies of law (namely human rights law and international criminal law) and (ii) discussion of IHL issues in domestic courts.