HILAC LECTURE: Humanitarian relief operations in armed conflict

09 - 09 December 2018
  • Starts at: 19:30h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: Humanity House
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Netherlands Red Cross and the Amsterdam Center for International Law
  • Address: Prinsegracht 8
    2512 GA The Hague

Millions of people in war-torn areas are dependent on humanitarian relief for their survival. Nonetheless, parties involved in the armed conflict sometimes impede access to affected civilian populations, stirring up legal discussions.

In a lecture at the Humanity House on 10 December, Professor Dapo Akande (University of Oxford) and senior research fellow Emanuela-Chiara Gillard (EUI) will discuss the legal questions and challenges under international humanitarian law relating to the provision of humanitarian relief during armed conflict.

Akande and Gillard, drafters of the Oxford Guidance on the Law Relating to Humanitarian Relief Operations in Situation of Armed Conflict (2016) will discuss their comprehensive guidance. They will also address emerging issues related to relief operations such as specific warfare methods like sieges and blockades, and Switzerland's proposed amendment to the ICC statute to include the war crime of starvation of the civilian population for situations of non-international armed conflicts.


  • Professor Dapo Akande, (University of Oxford)
  • Emanuela-Chiara Gillard (senior research fellow, University of Oxford, Chatham House and the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy)

About the event:
Time: 19.30 hrs (doors open at 19.00 hrs)
Venue: Humanity House, Prinsegracht 8, The Hague
Participation is free of charge. Please register through the Humanity House's event page.

The Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict (HILAC) Lecture Series is an occasional lecture series on the subject of law and armed conflict organised by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut since 2005, in cooperation with the Netherlands Red Cross and the Amsterdam Center for International Law.