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Transatlantic Dialogue on International Law and Armed Conflict (West Point)

June 20 - 21, 2019 |  ALL DAY  |  United States Military Academy

On June 20-21, 2019, the Strauss Center, in conjunction with the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare at West Point, the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, and South Texas College of Law in Houston are pleased to present the 7th annual Transatlantic Dialogue on International Law and Armed Conflict. The invitation-only annual Transatlantic Workshop brings together academic, military, and government experts to discuss current challenges in international humanitarian law. This year’s workshop takes place seventy years after the adoption of the Geneva Conventions. This provides an opportunity to engage in some big picture reflections on the development and implementation of the law of armed conflict. Day one will focus on current challenges relating to law-making and compliance with the law of armed conflict.

Day two will examine the application of the law of armed conflict in contexts where other bodies of law might also applicable. When the Geneva Conventions were adopted, it might easily have been assumed that the law of armed conflict would be the sole body of international law applicable to military operations in such situations. At any rate, there were no other universal multilateral treaties that existed at that time that were regularly applied to such operations in conflict. Seventy years on, states engaged in armed conflict are bound by other multilateral instruments that may be applicable to military operations.

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