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Armed Non-State Actors and Contemporary Conflicts
Date: 31 August 2018
12:30 - 02:00
Organization: UNOG
Location: Library Events Room
Category: Library Events

Friday 31 August 2018, 12.30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Library Events Room (B.135)
Palais des Nations, B Building, 1st Floor

In collaboration with the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

There is an alarming trend of civilians becoming victims to today’s armed conflicts by both states and armed non-state actors (ANSAs). More than 65 million people are displaced by conflicts in Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, among others, with a majority of the conflicts involving one or several ANSAs. Are these ANSAs complying to applicable international norms such as international humanitarian law (IHL) given their religious beliefs? In cases where ANSAs exercise de facto governmental authority, are they accountable to international human rights law and IHL? Legal experts and institutions have raised concerns on how to make ANSAs comply with norms. To which type of standards could ANSAs together with states agree to and what role does religion play in this engagement?

This is the second in a series of talks co-organized with the Geneva Academy to explore the application of IHL in different socio-political contexts related to armed conflicts.

A Discussion with

Marco Sassòli

Director, Geneva Academy and Professor, International Law, University of Geneva

Farhan Alfarhan

Academic Researcher, Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Annyssa Bellal

Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law, Geneva Academy

Michael Wiener

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


Kamelia Kemileva

Special Projects Manager, Geneva Academy



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