“40th Anniversary of 1977 Additional Protocols to
the Geneva Conventions: Confirmed Relevance to the Contemporary Armed Conflicts”

International Conference for Young Researchers on
International Humanitarian Law

The Russian-Armenian University (RAU) in cooperation with the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Armenia (ICRC) announce the 10th International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law, which will be held from 26 October to 28 October 2017 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. http://ihlyerevan.rau.am/The Conference is a unique international platform for the discussion of contemporary issues and perspectives related to IHL development among young scholars. Since 2007 the geography of the Conference has grown: during these years RAU has hosted participants from Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Georgia, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Armenia and other states. 

Each year the participants of the Conference, as well as the invited national and international experts are offered a platform to share their views on different issues related to IHL development. http://ihlyerevan.rau.am/With this the Conference undoubtedly makes an effective contribution to the whole process of reaffirmation and development of IHL. Over the years the organizers of the Conference have hosted a number of renowned international experts in the field of International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law and Constitutional Law thus providing a unique possibility to the participants not only to be heard by the established professionals and experts, but also to engage with them in the open discussion over their opinions and views. On top of it all, the Conference is providing a unique opportunity to the alumni to become a part of an already established international network of legal professionals from all over the world. Finally, the Conference provides a unique cultural experience of visiting the always beautiful and hospitable Armenia and gives a chance to meet old and new friends from all over the world.

The account of the last year’s Conference is also available at the Facebook page of the Conference- https://www.facebook.com/IHLConference

Young researchers in the field of IHL under the age of 35&n style="text-align:justify;"bsp;are invited to take part in the Conference participants pre-selection process. This year the Organizing Committee will also consider applications for the maximum of three positions of moderators for the one of below mentioned sections.

In order to apply the applicants should submit a research paper strictly within the scope of the announced conference topics presented below.

The APPLICATION PACKAGE should be sent to ihlconferencerau@gmail.com and be comprised of:

  1. The Paper Abstract stating among others author’s original thesis, objectives and conclusions (maximum 1000 words, if selected, the participant will have to present the full version of the paper (up to 4500 words prior to the Conference according to Annex 2),
  2. Duly Completed Application Form (according to Annex 1, application form can also be downloaded from the following web site http://ihlyerevan.rau.am/index.php?p=3),
  3. Professional CV, also stating IHL related research (if any) and academic interests.
  4. English language proficiency certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.). In case of absence of such certificate the Organizing Committee reserves the right to conduct an interview with the applicant via Skype to check his/her English language proficiency.

Applicants applying for the position of moderator should also submit a short motivation letter (maximum 500 words) describing their previous experience in the sphere of IHL and reasons for their willingness to participate as a moderator for one of the sections listed below.

The deadline for submitting the application package is September 21, 2017 at 19:00, GMT + 4:00. The applicants will be selected on a competitive basis. The selection results will be announced on September 26, 2017. Selected applicants will receive an official invitation letter, including the program details and the venue.

Organizing Committee will provide the visa support for the participants of the Conference, as well as the accommodation, meals, local transportation and materials during the Conference days. Please note that round-trip travel expenses are to be covered by the participants of the Conference.

Yours sincerely,
Secretariat of the Conference

This year we are dedicating the conference to the 40th Anniversary of APs and we are excited to offer the following themes of the conference for your possible consideration that involve the discussion of the relevance of Additional Protocols but is not limited to it.

THE CONFERENCE PANELS
PANEL 1. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ADDITIONAL PROTOCOLS, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW 

The following issues could be analysed

PANEL 2. ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF IHL UNDER THE ADDITIONAL PROTOCOLS 

The following issues could be analysed

PANEL 3. CHILDREN AND WAR 

The following issues could be analysed

PANEL 4. WAR AND THE BODY, WAR AND THE MIND: LEGAL ANALYSIS

The following issues could be analysed


PANEL 5. PROTRACTED ARMED CONFLICT 

The following issues could be analysed