70 years of the geneva conventions

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On 24th October the Irish Red Cross will host a conference to mark the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the cornerstone of what is today known as International Humanitarian Law. Adopted in 1949, today the four Geneva Conventions are among the very few international treaties that have been universally ratified, enshrining the principle that even wars have limits.

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The nature and context of conflict has changed rapidly over the last century as war zones have moved from open spaces into urbanised, highly populated, civilian settings. While the character of armed conflict is constantly changing with new challenges, this conference will reinforce the continued relevance of the Geneva Conventions in today’s modern conflicts. At the same time, it provides us with an opportunity to not only commemorate and reflect on them but also to anticipate the next decade and beyond, ensuring that the international community is well-prepared for the increasing challenges and risks that still lie ahead. 

Event Details:

Venue:                        Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Date:                           Thursday 24 October

Time:                           Registration from 13:30 with all guests to be seated no later than 14:00.

Key Note Speaker:     President Michael D. Higgins

Conference Chair:       Senator Ivana Bacik

Panel Speakers:

Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy – International Committee of Red Cross

Colonel Jerry Lane, Director of the Defence Forces Legal Service

Michiel Hofman, Overseas Aid Worker for Médecins Sans Frontiéres Ireland


Concluding Remarks:                Attorney General, Séamus Woulfe

For any other enquiries, please contact AnnaMarie O’ Carroll, Irish Red Cross Programme Manager for International, on 01 6424613 or at aocarroll@redcross.ie

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