The LSE IHL Project seeks to promote the study of international humanitarian law. It aims to engage the interest of and enhance a dialogue between the scholarly community, governments, organisations and institutions concerned with humanitarian issues, and the wider public.
International humanitarian law (IHL) faces a host of pressing
challenges in today's globalised environment ranging from the changing
methods of warfare, weapons advancement and development, to the
conflation of law enforcement and armed conflict. The international
armed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have served to refocus
international attention on the norms governing inter-state conflict
while the internal conflicts in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo
and Chechnya have posed considerable problems, particularly where
compliance is concerned. Understanding how best to meet these new
challenges and to preserve human dignity in the context of conflict will
be the central objective of the project's work.
10 November 2009 : African Union adopts a Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons
An extra-ordinary Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government held in Kampala 22-23 October 2009 adopted a Convention on Internally Displaced Persons, which is the first such treaty in international law. The treaty was designed and drafted by Dr Chaloka Beyani, Senior Lecturer in International Law, Law Department LSE. Dr Beyani performed a key role in negotiating the adoption of the treaty from 2005 to 2009.
17 March 2009 : Dr Beyani to be member of Kenyan Constitutional Review Committee
The President of the Republic of Kenya has appointed Dr Chaloka Beyani, Senior Lecturer in International Law in the Law Department at LSE, to be an international member of the Constitutional Review Committee of Kenya. Dr Beyani was nominated by Koffi Annan's Panel of Eminent African Personalities in their capacity as official mediators in Kenya after the crisis that followed the disputed elections in 2007. Prior to being appointed by the President, Dr Beyani's nomination was ratified by the Parliament of Kenya. He joins three other international experts who will serve on the Committee alongside six Kenyan experts. The task of the Committee is to produce a harmonised Constitution for Kenya on the basis of existing drafts and to achieve national consensus on the Constitution. Congratulations to Chaloka on this great distinction and his recognition as one of the foremost peacemakers in Africa.
20 January 2009 : IHL Project to host Great Lakes Region Conference, May 2009
The Great Lakes Region in Central Africa has been the site of the
most devastating armed conflicts and humanitarian crises the world
has witnessed since the end of the Cold War. The Great Lakes Pact,
adopted by eleven African states in December 2006, represents the
most comprehensive effort yet to address the root causes of these
conflicts and lay the foundations for sustainable peace and
development in the region. In September 2007, the
International Humanitarian Law Project at the London School of
Economics and Political Science held a Symposium to discuss the
content of the Pact and its Protocols. The follow-up Conference on
29-30 May 2009, The Great Lakes Pact - Two Years On: Issues of
Implementation and Enforcement, will focus on the implementation
and enforcement of the Protocols. Individuals who played an integral
role in drafting the Pact and Protocols as well as those responsible
for its implementation have been invited to participate during the
course of the first day. The second day has been specifically set
aside for the scholarly community to offer critical input and engage
with those responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the
Registration for the conference is now open.
19 November 2008 : Dr Beyani on BBC World TV
Dr Chaloka Beyani was recently interviewed by the BBC World
television (17 November) on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the
Congo. Dr Beyani attended the Summit of the Heads of State that was held in
Nairobi on 7th of November 2008 to address the crisis in the Congo. That meeting
called for an immediate cease-fire, opening up a humanitarian corridor to
address the humanitarian crisis, and facilitating dialogue between President
Joseph Kabila and General Laurent Nkunda.
Dr Beyani also successfully negotiated the adoption of an African Union Convention on Internally Displaced Persons in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa on 10th November. The Convention lays out a framework for protecting and assisting internally displaced persons based on human rights, refugee law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law, and is the first of its kind in the world.
10 October 2008 : Symposium on International Law and History held at LSE
On Friday 10th October a one-day Symposium on "The Work of History in International Law and Empire" was held at LSE, bringing together international lawyers, legal theorists and international relations scholars from diverse backgrounds to discuss the current pre-occupation with history in international legal scholarship. The four panels covered the work of history in internationalist scholarship, the significance of secrecy and secret histories, the liberating and constraining effects of appeals to history, as well as the truth and ends of history. Throughout the discussions, the function of history as critique or escape, and the responsibility and commitment of scholars were recurrent themes. The Symposium was organised on the initiative of Gerry Simpson of LSE and Anne Orford of Melbourne University, and featured, among many others, Martti Koskenniemi of Cambridge University, Matthew Craven of SOAS and David Chandler of Westminster University as participants. The symposium was held under the auspices of the IHL Project.
1 September 2008 : Human Rights Council Report by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Prof Chinkin released
The High-Level Fact-Finding Mission to Beit Hanoun, led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and with Prof Christine Chinkin of the LSE as the sole other member, released its final report (A/HRC/9/26) on 1 September 2008. The report had been commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council at its third special session on 15 November 2006, in Resolution S-3/1.
1 July 2008 : Dr Beyani on the BBC World Service
Dr Chaloka Beyani recently appeared on the BBC World Service's Focus on Africa programme, giving a detailed interview on the use of the 'Truth and Reconciliation' commission, as an alternative to punitive justice, in African states.
17 June 2008 : Dr Beyani instrumental in IDP convention and Great Lakes pact
Congratulations to Dr Chaloka Beyani who has played a pivotal role in
facilitating the adoption of the African Union Convention on Internally
Displaced Persons, which was successfully concluded earlier this week.
The AU Convention on IDPs is expected to be adopted by the Executive
Council of Foreign Ministers at the end of July 2008. Dr Beyani has also
been acting as the Legal Adviser to the International Conference on the
Great Lakes Region, where The Pact on Security, Stability and
Development in the Great Lakes Region has just entered into force in
(May 2008), with funding formally approved by the African Development
Address and contacts
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IHL Forthcoming Events
Thursday 21 October 2010 | 4pm-5:30pm | KSW.G108 (20 Kingsway)
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW PROJECT
'Obama's Drone Wars'
Speaker: Professor Mary Ellen O'Connell (University of Notre Dame)
Tuesday 2 November 2010 | 6:30pm-8pm | D202 Clement House, Aldwych
'War Crimes Trials, Solemnity and the Problem of Evil'
Speaker: Professor Gerry Simpson (University of Melbourne)
The Great Lakes Pact - Two Years On: Issues of Implementation and Enforcement
IHL Recent Events
Group Captain Bill Boothby (RAF, Legal Branch); Tom Porteous (Human Rights Watch)
audio podcast (44 MB; approx 96 minutes)
Prof Marco Sassoli
'IHL and International Human Rights Law in Non-International Armed Conflicts'
audio podcast (39 mb; approx 94 minutes)
Silvana Turner (Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team)
Forensic Anthropology: The reconstruction of the truth in the fight against impunity
Prof Randall Coyne (University of Oklahoma)
Torturing Democracy Through the American Wars on Crime and Terrorism?
audio podcast (39 mb; approx 84 minutes)
Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay
Human Rights in United Nations Action: Norms, Institutions, and Leadership
Prof Anne Orford (Melbourne Law School)
Jurisdiction Without Territory: From the Holy Roman Empire to the Responsibility to Protect
Dr Nils Melzer (Legal advisor to ICRC)
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Clarification Process on the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities under IHL
John Holmes (UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and
Emergency Relief Coordinator)
'Meeting the new humanitarian challenges of the 21st century '
Judy Cheng-Hopkins (Assistant High
Commissioner for Operations, UNHCR)
'Defining the scope of responsibilities: the Great Lakes region' (18/03/08)
John B. Bellinger, III (Legal Advisor, State Department)
'Legal Issues in the War on Terrorism' (31/10/06)