SANREMO, 11-14 December 2017

On 27 May 2015 the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2222. That historic Resolution recognised that journalists and media professionals play an “important role in protection of civilians and conflict prevention by acting as an early warning mechanism in identifying and reporting potential situations that could result in genocide, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.” The Resolution also recognised that their work “often puts them at specific risk of intimidation, harassment and violence in situations of armed conflict.”On 27 May 2015 the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2222. That historic Resolution recognised that journalists and media professionals play an “important role in protection of civilians and conflict prevention by acting as an early warning mechanism in identifying and reporting potential situations that could result in genocide, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.” The Resolution also recognised that their work “often puts them at specific risk of intimidation, harassment and violence in situations of armed conflict.”

Journalists, Law and Rights in War is a new and unique initiative. This tailor made course for journalists addresses the fundamental importance of offering those who report on armed conflict coherent and relevant legal training in an ever more complex and visible area of law, whilst also recognizing and addressing the personal risks involved.

The course is designed to meet two main objectives. The first objective is to provide participants with an overall introduction to IHL as it applies to the broad spectrum of armed conflict in order that they have a better optic to critically analyse and report on conflict, and the conduct of hostilities. This course will examine: the circumstances in which States may legally use force, either in self-defence or in the territory of another State; the rules regulating the conduct of hostilities, including issues such as distinction and proportionality; and accountability mechanismsIn this regard, participants will consider:

  • Under what circumstances can a country go to war?
  • Is there a legal basis for foreign intervention absent a UN Security Council Resolution?
  • What are the different types of armed conflict, and what rules apply to opposing forces during armed conflicts?
  • Who & what can be targeted, and what is proportionality?
  • What weapons are lawful?• Does human rights law apply in armed conflict?
  • What is a war crime, and how is accountability enforced?

The second objective acknowledges the inherent dangers of reporting on armed conflict and provides participants with an understanding of their own status and rights under IHL. In this part of the course participants will cover safety of journalists and examine issues such as:

  • What are the main risks for journalists working in contemporary armed conflict?
  • How does the law protect journalists working in armed conflict?
  • Is there a right to access to the conflict zone?
  • What is information, what is propaganda?
  • Must journalists testify in international Criminal Courts?
  • Useful instruments and contacts for journalists working in armed conflicts

The methodology for the workshop will comprise a combination of central presentations, panel discussions, and scenario based work. IIHL Teaching Staff and Facilitators are drawn from experienced senior military legal officers, leading academics, practicing lawyers and senior government officials practising in the field together with experts from international organisations. The course has been designed specifically for journalists and other news providers, and assumes no previous legal experience. Additionally, PIOs, Media & Info Ops Officers, as well as students of journalism may find the course beneficial.

The course is conducted in English under Chatham House rules.

    Registration Form

    Programme

    General Information

    FAQs

    Administrative information
    Participation quota amounts to € 800 (scholarships available). It must be remitted before the start of the course by bank transfer or, at the latest, upon arrival in cash or Euro currency cheque. Visa and/or Mastercard are also accepted either on the website or at the Institute.

    Please consult the FAQs for further information.

    Queries on the course registration and administrative questions should be directed to Ms Patrizia Di Pietro at: patrizia@iihl.org.

     

    Registration Form