The laws of war

The latest from our international humanitarian law team.
Australia commits to new sanctions measures to ensure respect for IHL
New laws would enable sanctions against serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
The importance of the laws of war to companies
Criminal indictment of two Swedish business leaders for complicity in war crimes affirms the importance of the laws of war to companies.
Red Cross honours colleagues killed in the line of duty
We honour our colleagues’ lives and we mourn the too-high price they paid in carrying out their work.
Nuclear weapons treaty: a new beginning
Join us to celebrate history in the making and the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons.
We know nuclear weapons are unacceptable: let’s act on it
A new survey shows that nearly four out of five Australians want our country to sign on to a global treaty banning nuclear weapons for good.
Seven steps to more responsible business conduct in conflict zones
A new best-practice framework to help businesses operating in conflict-affected areas.
A delicate balance of humanity and military necessity
The laws of war are a delicate balance between humanity and military necessity, helping to preserve fundamental human values in the grim reality of war.
A historic day in the fight against nuclear weapons
The ratification of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by a 50th country is a historic day bringing us a step closer to a nuclear-weapons-free world.
National security not incompatible with humanitarian ideals
This month we have commemorated 75 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, reflecting on the unfathomable devastation while repeating the familiar ‘never again’ mantra.
No one will come to help: Why we must prevent a nuclear catastrophe
Seventy-five years after atomic bombs destroyed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement urges all nations to end the nuclear era.
The value of international humanitarian law in the time of COVID-19
A pandemic is not an armed conflict, so how can the laws of war help shape the response and the aftermath?
Young people think a major war is likely in their lifetime
Almost half of all millennials think it’s more likely than not there will be a third world war in their lifetime, a new Red Cross survey finds.
What do the laws of war, dogs and pickles have in common?
They are all great loves of the volunteers who chair our International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Advisory Committees.
Stop shooting at us
Each year on 17 December we honour our Red Cross and Red Crescent colleagues killed for their humanitarian work.
Using the laws of war to improve humanitarian access
How can we better leverage international humanitarian law (IHL) to improve access to people in need?
The Geneva Conventions, Lego and Road Runner turn 70
In 1949, Australia’s population had just hit 8 million, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was brand new, Joan Sutherland was starting out, and it was the heyday of Betty Grable and Bing Crosby.
Game of Thrones and laws of war: Meet our volunteers
We may have come to the end of Game of Thrones, and there may be no more war crimes to discuss, but that won’t keep us quiet!
Four special Red Cross nurses honoured for courage, spirit and service
A group of Australian Red Cross nurses have earned the highest international distinction a nurse can ever receive.
Game of Thrones and laws of war: Season 8, Episode 6
The battle for the Iron Throne is over. Now our watch(ing) has ended.
Game of Thrones and laws of war: GoT analysis week 5
Do you hear the bells? Alas, they won’t stop the spoilers, so turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode.
Game of Thrones and laws of war: Season 8, Episode 4
Just as one battle ends, another begins. As always, enemies of the spoiler beware. If you don’t want to know how the Last War arrived at the shores of King’s Landing, avert your eyes now.
Game of Thrones and laws of war: Season 8, Episode 3
As always, when you play the Game of Thrones recap, you live or you die with spoilers. There is no middle ground. In case the previous warning wasn't enough: here there be spoilers.
Game of Thrones and laws of war: Season 8, Episode 2
How do you analyse an episode where no battles took place? Turns out there's still plenty happening in Westeros... As always, the following contains spoilers. Don't say we didn't warn you!
Game of Thrones and laws of war: Season 8, Episode 1
Who committed war crimes in the first episode? We continue our niche (and, let’s face it, kind of bizarre) analysis.

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