26-05-2004 ICRC News 04/69 Jordan: Law professors discuss contemporary challenges to IHL As several public and private universities in Jordan have started to integrate international humanitarian law (IHL) into their curricula, a group of law professors met in Amman on 16 and 17 May 2004 to discuss contemporary challenges facing IHL, particularly in recent conflicts. The two-day workshop organized by the ICRC was attended by 15 professors from nine public and private universities. Among the issues discussed were terrorism and IHL, recent developments on the subject of weapons and IHL, national implementation of IHL and the results of the 28th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. During the workshop, representatives of the different universities reported on progress made in integrating IHL into their teaching programmes. The participants underlined the special value of such workshops, which, they said, helped to consolidate links among law professors and provided a unique forum for objective discussion of contemporary legal issues and the challenges faced in teaching IHL at the different universities. >From 11 to 13 May 2004, the ICRC took part in a conference on IHL, organized by Jerash University law faculty as its annual event. Around 50 law professors from different Arab universities attended. The ICRC was represented by its Cairo-based regional advisor on academic affairs, who delivered an opening speech underlining the importance of integrating IHL into the curricula of academic institutions. The president of Jerash University stressed that IHL continues to provide a haven to all those who seek to nourish hope in these gloomy times of war and armed conflict. However, he warned that more effort is needed to ensure the protection of civilians in accordance with the four Geneva Conventions and their two Additional Protocols. Over the three days of the conference, the participants, who came from different Arab universities, discussed the ICRC’s role in the development of IHL, the rules applicable during occupation, the implementation of IHL at national level and the challenges facing IHL in recent conflicts. For further information, please contact: Muin Kassis, ICRC Amman, tel: ++962 656 886 45 or ++962 795 90 11 ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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