Tuesday, May 14, 2024

5:30 pm

International Humanitarian Law in Contemporary Armed Conflicts

An esteemed panel of experts will discuss the key principles that govern the conduct of hostilities, providing a framework to better understand the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts.

  • A brief overview of the history and central features of international humanitarian law
  • Special challenges of modern and urban warfare, as reflected in recent experience in Mosul, Fallujah, Gaza, Yemen, and Bucha
  • Mechanisms of review and accountability

Program Co-chairs: Diana Haladey and Solomon Shinerock

Moderator: Mary Boies


  • John Bellinger, former Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State
  • Colonel Joshua Berry, Managing Director Lieber Institute, deputy head of the Law Department at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and Constitutional & Military Law Course Director
  • Judge Mary McGowan Davis, former NYS judge, and former Chair, UN Committee of Independent Experts (2008/9) and UN Independent Commission of Inquiry (2014) Gaza Conflict
  • Professor Robert Goldman, American University, Washington College of Law, and Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists
  • Michel Paradis, adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, and former U.S. Department of Defense, Military Commission Defense Organization
  • Bruce Rashkow, former Office of the Legal Adviser, US Department of State; former UN Office of Legal Affairs; and former U.S. Mission to the UN
  • Major John Spencer, Ret., Chair of Urban Warfare Studies at the Modern War Institute, U.S. Military Academy (West Point)

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