Book presentation: “Humanizing the Laws of War”
Enlarge image 29.06.2017: Joint book presentation of the new release “Humanizing the Laws of War” by the ICRC, German Red Cross and the Permanent Mission of Germany. (© StV) As part of the conference cycle on Generating respect for the law, the ICRC, the German Red Cross and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in Geneva convened a panel discussion on 29 June at the ICRC’s HQ to launch the book “Humanizing the Laws of War – the Red Cross and the Development of International Humanitarian Law”.
The event looked into the chances to move the agenda for better implementation of IHL provisions further. The book, as well as the panel members, critically assessed the particular role of the ICRC, of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and of the national societies themselves.
Co-Editor Andreas Zimmermann (University of Potsdam) moderated the panel discussion featuring the Danish Permanent Representative, Ambassador Carsten Staur, ICRC co-author Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Dr. Heike Spieker from the German Red Cross (stepping in for her colleague and Co-Editor Stefanie Haumer), and Co-Editor Robin Geiss (University of Glasgow). The introductory speech was given by Ambassador Dr. Ulrich Seidenberger.
The event was well attended and ended with a cocktail reception given by Ambassador Seidenberger. Key findings of the panelists: there is no sufficient interest within the International Community to establish new tools which would help to better monitor the implementation of IHL. However, ICRC, the Red Cross Movement and interested states should not ease up their efforts to advance this agenda.