Applying IHL in Judicial and Quasi-Judicial Bodies

25 November 2014 marked the launch of the book entitled “Applying International Humanitarian Law in Judicial and Quasi-Judicial Bodies: International and Domestic Aspects”, edited by Derek Jinks, Jackson N. Maogoto and Solon Solomon and published by T.M.C. Asser Press.
The event was organised by the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law (IHCL) Platform hosted by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, in cooperation with the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University.
The book launch commenced with a brief description of the publication, provided by Mr. Solon Solomon. He appraised the volume as being a comprehensive document investigating the way international and domestic courts and tribunals deal with international humanitarian law (IHL) and going further by examining the role of IHL in the realms of quasi-judicial bodies. He also touched upon a number of issues that would be addressed in greater detail by the panellists, such as the Srebrenica case before the Dutch courts and the psychological aspects of warfare.
The book launch commenced with a brief description of the publication, provided by Mr. Solon Solomon. He appraised the volume as being a comprehensive document investigating the way international and domestic courts and tribunals deal with international humanitarian law (IHL) and going further by examining the role of IHL in the realms of quasi-judicial bodies. He also touched upon a number of issues that would be addressed in greater detail by the panellists, such as the Srebrenica case before the Dutch courts and the psychological aspects of warfare.
After that, Judge Christopher Greenwood of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Professor Cedric Ryngaert of Utrecht University provided their opinions on the evolution and application of IHL from the perspective of the ICJ, ICC and the academic world.
In his intervention, Judge Greenwood noted, among other things, that the ICJ has reaffirmed the continuing validity and strength of IHL in its case law. Judge Fernández de Gurmendi followed up on Mr. Solomon’s introduction of the psychological aspects of warfare, linking those to the context of the ICC’s reparation regime, as dealt with in the case against Thomas Lubanga. Finally, Prof. Ryngaert discussed the jurisdictional links in the Srebrenica case in greater detail, as well as the recent Jaloud case before the European Court of Human Rights. They all warmly welcomed the volume and endorsed it as being a “timely and important book”.
After the comments by the panellists, the audience had the opportunity to address the panel and ask questions tackling different topics touched upon during the book launch.
The entire event was introduced by Dr. Christophe Paulussen, senior researcher International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and Dr. Robert Heinsch, Director of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law of Leiden University, who moderated the panel.

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L-R; Prof. Cedric Ryngaert, Utrecht University; Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi, International Criminal Court; Judge Christopher Greenwood, International Court of Justice; Dr. Robert Heinsch, Leiden University; Mr. Solon Solomon, King's College London, Dickson Poon School of Law.

Introducing International Humanitarian Law to Judicial and Quasi Judicial Bodies
International and Domestic Aspects
D. Jinks, J.N. Maogoto, S. Solomon (Eds.)
Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-6265-007-7
EBook/Online ISBN: 978-94-6265-008-4
Distributed for T.M.C. Asser Press by Springer
Also available online on SpringerLink