The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS), in cooperation with Human Rights program at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), is organising a public lecture entitled "International Humanitarian Law between Theory and Practice in Light of Armed Conflicts". The lecture will be delivered by Professor Marco Sassòli, an expert in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the chief of International Law and International Organizations at the University of Geneva. The lecture will take place on Monday 23rd January 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Doha time, in Auditorium 2 of the Foundation Building at the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies.

The meeting will discuss the status of international humanitarian law, primarily "the law of armed conflicts and wars", its essence, and the extent of its effectiveness and feasibility in light of the growing number of wars and the resulting humanitarian disasters at the regional and international levels concurrently with an existing state of international and national inaction towards imposing effective international measures to deter conflicted parties from violating the standards of IHL. Moreover, the lecture will explore the legal case of the recent Russian–Ukrainian war, Yemen conflict, the Afghanistan situation, Palestine, Libya, Syria, and others. Also, it will shed light on the challenges legal specialists face during these conflicts and the role of international parties in ensuring the respect and application of IHL.

It is noteworthy that Prof. Sassòli works as a professor in several prestigious academic institutions, and he recently chaired the inquiry commission of IHL violations in the Russian–Ukrainian war. Additionally, he is well-published on the topics of IHL, human rights law, international criminal law, the sources of international law, and state and non-state responsibilities. Prof. Sassòli is a leading expert on IHL and has published works considered a reference in legal studies, namely "How Does Law Protect in War?"
This lecture comes in line with the CHS commitment to playing a proactive role in producing theoretical and practical knowledge, including the development of policies to ensure the proper practice of IHL, in order to achieve safety, security, and protection for civilians.

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