Do the Geneva Conventions Matter? State Practice from Vietnam to the War on Terror

15-02-2019

12:45

HG-9A33

Do the Geneva Conventions Matter? State Practice from Vietnam to the War on Terror

Prof. Matthew Evangelista, Cornell Univeristy

Prof. Wolfgang Wagner
w.m.wagner@vu.nl

Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid

Rechten

Congres / symposium / seminar

The Geneva Conventions are the centerpiece of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and are designed to protect civilians in armed conflicts. How effective have these conventions been? Have states made  efforts to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law? Have military practices changed to accommodate the protection of civilians? Prof. Evangelista presents research on the effectiveness of the Geneva Conventions, which is based on case studies on the wars in Korea in the 1959s, the Vietnam War, the US campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the French war in Algeria and the Russian war in Chechnya, among others.