College of Law, American Red Cross host Law & War Workshop

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The University of Illinois College of Law in partnership with the American Red Cross hosted “Law & War—An International Humanitarian Law Workshop.” University of Illinois undergraduate students and American Red Cross volunteers attended the two-day conference, which was held on March 1-2, 2014. 

Organized by Professor Lesley Wexler and Eric Sigmund of the American Red Cross, the workshop featured lectures and hands-on exercises that guided participants through an intensive examination of international humanitarian law (IHL), with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians. It also helped the International Committee of the Red Cross meet their obligation to disseminate the Laws of War.

University of Illinois law professors—Paul Diehl, Patrick Keenan, and Charlotte Ku—also lectured, along with Lynn Rudasill (associate professor of library administration, University of Illinois), Eric Sigmund (legal advisor on IHL, American Red Cross), Kelly Formoso (branch manager, American Red Cross Mid-Illinois Chapter), and Mike Lewis (professor, Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law).

Topics included:

  • Historical Development and Current State of the Law
  • Conflict Classification—When Does IHL Apply?
  • Means and Methods of Warfare: Regulation of Weapons and Tactics
  • Protected Persons and Objects
  • Relationship between IHL and Human Rights Law
  • Enforcement of IHL
  • Researching International Humanitarian Law
  • Terrorism and Non-State Armed Groups
  • Emerging Technology and IHL