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In this ACIL-ESIL guest lecture entitled 'The Geneva Conventions at 70: Limiting brutality in war - old and new protection needs,' Robin Geiss (University of Glasgow) will reflect on the challenges posed to the humanitarian legal order by evolving conflict structures, a changing global security landscape and new military technologies.

Event details of The Geneva Conventions at 70 - old and new protection needs
Date 1 October 2019
Time 15:30 -17:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw A
Room A3.01


The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. On this occasion, this lecture reflects on the challenges posed to the humanitarian legal order by evolving conflict structures, a changing global security landscape and new military technologies. The need to limit brutality in war is as urgent and relevant as ever as shown by dramatic protection failures in Syria and Yemen. But wars in cities, protracted conflict situations and the ways in which cyber operations can affect entire societies pose new challenges and protection needs. How is the established humanitarian legal framework reacting to these various transformative dynamics? Is it flexible enough to capture the protection needs of 21st century warfare?

The Speaker

Robin Geiss joined the University of Glasgow Law School in 2013. Previously, he was Professor of International and European Law at the University of Potsdam. Prior to that, he worked as Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva and as ICRC delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Council. At Glasgow, he leads the Research Group of International Law, Conflict and Security and is founding director of the Glasgow Center for International Law and Security (GCILS). He is the director of the LL.M. Programme on 'International Law and Security' and the newly established dual-degree Master Programme on 'The Law and Politics of Global Security' delivered jointly by the University of Glasgow and the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).

In addition to his academic work, Professor Geiss has advised international organizations and states, inter alia, in proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and on matters pertaining to new (military) technologies and cyber security. His advisory work has included mandates from the United Nations, NATO, the German Federal Foreign Office, the World Health Organization, the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, the Military Academy of the German Armed Forces, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, the Centre for Economic and Social Rights in New York and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He is a member of the Lieber Prize Committee of the American Society of International Law and the German National Committee on International Humanitarian Law.

Professor Geiss studied law in Bielefeld, Edinburgh, Kiel (Ph.D. 2003) and at the New York University (LL.M. 2004), and is a qualified German lawyer (First and Second State Exam). His areas of research include most major subjects of public international law, in particular collective security and the use of force, human rights, international humanitarian and international criminal law.


The lecture will take place from 15.30 to 17.00 hrs at the Amsterdam Law School, building REC A, room A3.01.

Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw A

Room A3.01

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam