The Institute hosted a two-day conference on 30 September to 1 October 2013 entitled “International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in armed conflicts. An adequate response to contemporary challenges?”. The conference brought together academics and internationally renowned practitioners to explore the contemporary challenges for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law in armed conflicts. During the round-table sessions, participants discussed different topics related to “Women, peace and security”, “Sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict” and “War on terror and contemporary challenges for International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law”.
In addition to these sessions, a public panel debate took place in the evening of the 30th September, where students from Lund University had the possibility to interact with the following leading experts:
- Ms Margot Wallström – Chair of the Lund University Board, Former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Speech: Another kind of war – on conflict-related sexual violence
- Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa – Former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for East Timor, Speech: Unintended humanitarian consequences of military intervention aimed at democratization of the Somali society
- Mr Almiro Rodrigues – Judge at the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, Speech: Massive violations character and its implications as a challenge for International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law