Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law


Countries should have adequate systems in place for investigating violations of international humanitarian law, for launching criminal prosecutions for war crimes and for inquiring into responsibility for unlawful actions of national armed forces. There also needs to be proper counting and recording of the civilian casualties of military operations.

This event, which will be introduced by the director of the UK Service Prosecuting Authority, Andrew Cayley, will discuss the new report by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law, Guidelines on Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law: Law, Policy and Good Practice, as well as the problems and challenges associated with recording civilian casualties of armed conflict.

This meeting is the third in a series of three commemorating the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions supported by the British Red Cross. It will be followed by a drinks reception.

Andrew Cayley, Director, Service Prosecuting Authority, UK Ministry of Defence
Larry Lewis, Vice President and Director, Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence, CNA
Jelena Pejic, Senior Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross

Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Distinguished Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House

Date and Location

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Chatham House
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