Courses on International Humanitarian Law

General Assembly resolution AG/RES. 2795 (XLIII-O/13), “Promotion of and Respect for International Humanitarian Law,” requests “the General Secretariat to organize, within the framework of the CAJP, through the Department of International Law and in coordination with the ICRC, a course for member states, staff of the OAS, and the general public, in order to promote knowledge of and respect for international humanitarian law and related regional instruments, including measures for their effective implementation.”

New settings for conflict pose challenges for the enforcement and observance of international humanitarian law–challenges such as in the categorization of conflict, the means and methods used for warfare, and their humanitarian consequences.

The morning session will cover the application of international humanitarian law in the face of the changing nature of armed conflict today. The introduction of new technologies into the conduct of warfighting is raising concerns about morality and the very nature of warfare. For example, unmanned aircraft, some equipped with lethal weaponry, and cyberspace may facilitate military operations. The afternoon session will address the challenges to the application of international humanitarian law posed by the introduction of such new technologies.

In this context, the Sixth Course proposes to present concepts with a view to analyzing the applicable standards and principles in terms of humanitarian impact as well as the legal framework in the conduct of hostilities in the new settings described.