The Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law (CIHOL) and the Palacký University, Faculty of Law, in Olomouc (Czech Republic) have the pleasure to invite you to a conference on “ICC´s Contribution to the Development and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law” on 21-22 May 2020.

That international criminal courts and tribunals have always played significant role in the development and enforcement of IHL is a matter of fact. Enough is to mention the seminal Tadić case which remains one of the most important legacies left in this field by the ICTY. Since the ICC has been actively operating in the field for more than 15 years (situations in Uganda, DRC and CAR were referred to the Court in 2004) it is now possible to critically evaluate and assess what is the role of the ICC in the development and effective enforcement of IHL.
The opening panel will address the issue of child soldiers and their participation in armed conflicts.

Contributions in other panels should address one of the following areas related to the practice of the ICC:
1. Substantive issues
Contributions might focus on application and interpretation of basic rules (principles) of IHL, classification of armed conflicts, war crimes, circumstances precluding wrongfulness, forms of responsibility, or sentencing practice. Contributions may also cover possible legal challenges concerning amendments to Art 8 of the Rome Statute. From the formal (normative) point of view, the methodology of interpretation and application of sources of law envisaged in Art 21 of the Rome Statute might be analyzed.

2. Procedural issues
Contributions might focus not only on procedural issues in a strict sense (e.g. evidentiary matters, or different phases of proceedings), but also on issues related to jurisdiction, immunities, admissibility (and therefore complementarity), participation of victims in the proceedings before the ICC, cooperation with the ICC and enforcement of penalties.
Contributions may also cover strategies on selection of situations and cases (including examples of attempted but failed referrals by the SC). Finally, the methodology concerning interpretation and application of sources of law before and by the ICC might be assessed.