IHL Webinars

Past Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars

All views and opinions expressed in these webinars are those of the speaker(s)

Webinar Series: IHL Conversations

Cyber operations under international humanitarian law w/ Jonathan Horowitz (ICRC Washington Delegation) - April 2021

Hameeda's Story: A first-hand encounter of how education is disrupted by armed conflict - April 2021

COVID-19 and International Humanitarian Law, w/ Professor Oona Hathaway (Yale Law School).-April 2021

Do the Geneva Conventions still matter? w/ Randall Bagwell. Hosted by Assumption University-March 2021

Inviting Non-State Armed Groups to the IHL Table w/ Jonathan Somer and Ezequiel Heffes-March 2021

Webinar Series: IHL Primers

Introduction to the Law of Naval Warfare

(Presenter: Prof. Dr. Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg)-December 2020

Introduction to the Law of Occupation 

(Presenter: Amanda Makhoul)-April 2021

Protection of Cultural Property Part 1 (Presenter Alicia Dixon, JD)-October 2020

Protection of Cultural Property Part 2 (Presenter Alicia Dixon, JD)-November 2020

Protection of Cultural Property Part 3 (Presenter Alicia Dixon, JD)-November 2020

Historical Perspectives in War

The Ethics of Warfare in the Aztec Civilization

(Presenter: Dr. Camilla Townsend, Rutgers University)-April 2021

Webinar Series: War Writing

"Missionaries" by Phil Klay

Moderated by Molly Kovite, November 2020


In 1862 Henry Dunant published A Memory of Solferino, recounting his experience of providing aid after a particularly brutal battle. He used his writing as a call to action that resulted in the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, and the Geneva Conventions.

In Missionaries, Phil Klay has written a novel that conveys both the suffering caused by war, and the complexity of the modern geopolitical environment. He draws on six years of research in America and Colombia into how the modern way of war affects regular people. The result is a moving read that is perhaps the most forceful call to action of this generation’s war writing.

If the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement and the Geneva Conventions were the necessary humanitarian action of Dunant's time, what humanitarian action can be taken in our time?

This moderated discussion and reading features Marine Corps veteran and author Phil Klay. Klay is the author of New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Winner Redeployment, a collection of short stories. His award winning nonfiction work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and the Brookings Institution's Brooking Essay series. Missionaries, his debut novel, has been met with wide critical acclaim.

"The War Lawyers: The United States, Israel, and Juridical Warfare" by Dr. Craig Jones


Moderated by Christian Jorgensen and Amanda Makhoul, February 2021

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In this seminar, Dr. Craig Jones will discuss his newly published book "The War Lawyers". Craig’s monograph examines the laws of war interpreted and applied by military lawyers. The book provides a historical background and explanation on the relationship between law, lawyers, and the conduct of warfare. Craig’s research shows just how important law and war lawyers have become in the conduct of contemporary warfare, and how it is understood. Jones argues that circulations of law and policy have expanded the scope of what constitutes a legitimate military target, contending that the involvement of war lawyers in targeting operations not only constrains military violence, but also enables, legitimizes, and sometimes even extends it.

Dr. Craig Jones is a Lecturer in Political Geography in the School of Geography, Sociology and Politics at Newcastle University. He completed his PhD in Geography at the University of British Columbia in 2017. He researches the geographies of later modern warfare and is especially interested legal and medical materialities of war and conflict in the contemporary Middle East. His current work focuses on the slow violence of traumatic injury and regimes of rehabilitation among civilian populations in Palestine, Iraq, and Syria.

Webinar Series: IHL under a new lens

The Law of Star Wars: IHL in a Galaxy far far away...

Moderated by Thomas Harper and Christian Jorgensen-May 2021