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UPCOMING EVENT: TOMORROW: A Human Rights View of the Law of Armed Conflict

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy is sponsoring an event tomorrow called: “A Human Rights View of the Law of Armed Conflict”. Event details are pasted below:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein Building, Floor 2, Room 219) Harvard Kennedy School of Government

A Human Rights View of
the Law of Armed Conflict

a presentation by

Dr. Gerd Oberleitner

Senior Lecturer
Institute of International Law and International Relations
University of Graz, Austria


Presentation Overview:

While there is growing consensus, supported by recent international case law, that international human rights law continues to apply in armed conflict, and that international human rights law and international humanitarian law are converging, the precise contours of this development remain uncertain. Over the past two decades, international human rights bodies in the UN and in regional human rights systems have found themselves confronted with situations of armed conflict brought before them.

The presentation will survey how these bodies have responded to such situations and, in particular, what their approach has been to the potential application of both international human rights and international humanitarian law; which repercussions their findings may have for our understanding of ius in bello; if they have the potential to contribute to the development of this legal regime; and if they can provide effective remedies in situations of armed conflict.

Dr. Gerd Oberleitner is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of International Law and International Relations of the University of Graz (Austria). His research interests are in international human rights law, international humanitarian law, human security and the law of international organizations. From 1998 to 1999 he served as Legal Adviser in the human rights and humanitarian law department of the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and has in subsequent years joined the Austrian governmental delegation to sessions of the (then) UN Human Rights Commission.

In 1999, he co-founded the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC) in Graz and worked as the Centre’s Executive Secretary until 2002. From 2002 to 2004 he was Lecturer in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and subsequently Visiting Fellow at the LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights until 2007. For more than fifteen years, he has taught international law and international human rights law in a number of institutions and summer schools and teaches regularly in the Venice and Sarajevo Master Programs on Human Rights and Democratization. He has been an instructor for HREA e-learning courses since 2003.

His latest book is Global Human Rights Institutions: Between Remedy and Ritual(Cambridge, Polity, 2007).

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