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International Humanitarian Law Symposium

Photo: ICRC/Michael Kleiner


Presented by Australian Red Cross and the Sydney Centre for International Law

1-3 November 2017

In times of conflict, journalists and war correspondents often bear witness to the horrific, the unspeakable, and the illegal. Civilians used as human shields. Ambulances and humanitarian workers attacked. And chemical weapons turned on families and bystanders.

But how can we be made aware of possible war crimes if no one recognises and accurately reports them? Your role as a journalist matters more than ever. And international humanitarian law - known as the 'laws of war' - can help you in this vital role. They can also be a tool to keep you safer.

The inaugural Symposium, featuring of some of Australia's finest legal and writing specialists, will help explore your role in ending impunity for war crimes, and discover how IHL can help you report safely from conflict zones. Seminars will also look at how citizen journalists and mobile videos can change the course of a conflict; the implications of 'fake news'; and whether good reporting can lead to improved compliance with the laws of war.

This will be crucial knowledge for all correspondents and writers interested or currently working in the field

See below to view the program and reserve your place. To be advised of special guest speakers and participants, bookmark this page or follow us on the IHL Facebook page

Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney
New Law School Building (F10)
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Common Room Level 4,

IHL Speed Session - Free entry
One day pass - $75
Two day pass - $120.00

Purchasers of one or two day passes will receive complementary invitation to the Symposium evening function on Thursday November 2

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International Humanitarian Law Symposium