Workshop Hosted by UVA Law, Red Cross to Focus on International Humanitarian Law
Experts in international humanitarian law will discuss the rules that protect civilians during wartime and other topics this weekend at the International Humanitarian Law Mid-Atlantic Region Workshop at the University of Virginia School of Law.
The annual, two-day workshop, which begins Saturday, is open to invited law and graduate school students who have demonstrated promise in the field through course work or field experience.
"From drones and cybertechnology to detention, occupation and justice strategies during and after a war — you’ll find that international humanitarian law is at play," said Deena Hurwitz, director of UVA Law's Human Rights Program, which co-sponsors the workshop with the American Red Cross. "The workshop is a superb opportunity for students concerned with these contemporary issues to learn from experts in the field."
This year’s workshop faculty will include:
- Anne Quintin, public affairs officer with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Maj. Andrew Gillman, of the Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, addressing the changing geographic scope of the battlefield and other topics.
- Eric Sigmund, legal advisor to the American Red Cross, exploring the definition of protected persons in armed conflicts.
- John Cerone, professor and director of the Center for International Law and Policy, New England Law School, addressing the gaps and overlaps between international humanitarian law and human rights law.
Erin Houlihan '11, who took part in the workshop as a student at UVA Law, is now a legal advisor for the Institute for International Law and Human Rights' Iraq program.
Houlihan said the workshop prepared her for her efforts as a Charlotte Ann Temple Fellow at the Institute.
"The workshop provided me a foundational knowledge to follow U.S. government negotiations with the Iraqi government regarding [legal] immunities for U.S. forces in 2010 and 2011, as well as related developments in the region," she said.
Houlihan, who focuses on legislative development, comparative analysis and the rights of vulnerable groups in Iraq, said workshop participants benefit from the networking opportunities the event offers."Law students and presenters travel from around the region to participate, so it's a great chance to meet like-minded people and learn more about the evolving nature of international humanitarian law," she said.
REPORTED BY ERIC WILLIAMSON