International Conference
International Humanitarian Law and Modern Warfare”

Rome, 23-24 October 2015 

The relationship between warfare and international humanitarian law is an ever-evolving one. New combat methods, novel technologies and the evolution of weaponry pose critical challenges to international humanitarian law; at the same time, the high task of protecting the principles of humanity during wars requires an evolution and an adaptation of the law. International humanitarian law is “law in motion”.

Carabinieri are involved in a number of international missions and operations, so we have decided to organize this conference, because we consider it as an important objective to contribute to fostering the study and understanding of such important issues, in the interest of members of the military and society at large.

The conference in Rome will last two days and the debate will spread across four panels: one will deal with new weaponry and the law; one will focus on the relationship between human rights and humanitarian law in the context of modern warfare; another will cover recent judicial developments in international humanitarian law and the last one will address the evolving relationship between the general principles of international humanitarian law and the features of modern warfare. Each panel will be composed of four/five experts, and it will be moderated by a young scholar in the field.

Keynote speakers: His Excellency Ronny Abraham, President and of the International Court of Justice; Her Excellency Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Panelists: His Excellency Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Vice President, International Court of Justice), His Excellency Cuno Tarfusser (Second Vice President, International Criminal Court), Professor Mads Andenas (University of Oslo), Sir Daniel Bethlehem and Sir Michael Wood (both Former Heads of the FCO Legal Service), Professor Dapo Akande (University of Oxford), Professor Paola Gaeta (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva, University Luigi Bocconi), Professor William Schabas (Middlesex University of London), Professor Sarah Cleveland (Columbia Law School), Professor Guglielmo Verdirame (King’s College London), Professor Attila Tanzi (University of Bologna), Professor Heather Harrison Dinniss (Swedish Defence University), Professor Roger O’Keefe (University College of London), Prof. Natalino Ronzitti (LUISS Guido Carli ); Professor Dan Saxon (Leiden University College of The Hague); Prof. Kimberly Trapp (University College of London); Professor Dino Kristiotis (University of Nottingham); Professor Fausto Pocar (President of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law); Professor Yoram Dinstein (Tel Aviv University); Professor Marco Roscini (University of Westminster).

Deadline for registration: 15 October 2015 (

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