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Laws of War

Why do wars have laws? Where did they come from and what do they mean for today's armed conflicts? How do these laws affect humanitarian agencies, armed forces, prisoners and non-combatants?

Tim McCormack, a leading international authority on international humanitarian law

A Centenary of War and Peace

Tim McCormack is a leading international authority on international humanitarian law (IHL) and the prosecution of war crimes.

The founding director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, Dr Modirzadeh

Turning point or breaking point?

The founding director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, Dr Modirzadeh outlines how the law and its practices can work to protect civilians in armed conflict.

Robert Tickner, former Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Red Cross

The most indiscriminate weapon of all

Why is Australian Red Cross - a neutral and impartial organisation - calling on the world's governments to ban nuclear weapons?

Robert Tickner, former Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Red Cross

Pen and sword: journalism and IHL

Journalists witness and recount the horrific consequences of armed conflict, and are also among the most at risk of being wounded, kidnapped or killed as they carry out this vital role.

Journalist Peter Cave talking to armed soldier

Truth of war

Former war correspondent for Time and CNN, Michael Ware, has survived kidnappings and an intended execution in a back street of Baghdad.

Red Cross talk.

Keeping it relevant: interpreting the Geneva Conventions in the 21st century

ICRC Legal Advisor Jean-Marie Henckaerts talks about his latest work as head of the ICRC project to update the commentaries on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional Protocols of 1977.

A new weaponised robot

Emerging weapons and IHL

Advances in science and technology have resulted in a rapid proliferation of new weapon systems, in particular cyber weapons and armed unmanned systems.

Red Cross talks event.

The war on words: Is journalism disappearing from conflict zones?

Journalists are instrumental in raising awareness of conflicts and influencing the international community’s humanitarian response to populations affected by crisis.

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