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THE 1949 GENEVA CONVENTIONS REVISITED: Reflections on current challenges to International Humanitarian Law

Year 2009 was the 60th anniversary of signing the Geneva Conventions which covers the basis of  International Humanitarian Law. To the honourable of latterly finished anniversary Finnish Red Cross, Åbo Akademi Universitys’s Institute for Human Rights and the Finnish Committee for European Security (STETE) organized a festive seminar The 1945 Geneva Conventions Revisited: Reflections on Current Challenges to International Humanitarian Law. The seminar took place at the Parliament’s Old Auditorium. It consisted from speeches of Finnish professionals from the field of International Humanitarian Law and humanitarian activity. The seminar was held in English.

You can find presentations of   Arto Räty and Ulla-Maija Finskas here.

The 1949 Geneva Conventions Revisited: Reflections on current challenges to International Humanitarian Law programme of the seminar (pdf)


The 1949 Geneva Conventions Revisited:
Reflections on current challenges to International Humanitarian Law

29 January 2010, Auditorium, Parliament (old building), Helsinki, Finland

09:00 – 09:10Welcome & opening remarks
Krista Kiuru

Member of Parliament, Chair of Council, Finnish Red Cross, Chair, STETE

09:10 – 10:45

Helping and preventing suffering in conflicts of the 21st century
Kalle Löövi

Head of international operations, Finnish Red Cross

Helping civilians through humanitarian organisations – the role of States
Ulla-Maija Finskas

Head of Unit for Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry for Foreign Affairs for Finland

Military involvement in contemporary international crisis management
Major General Arto Räty

Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Finnish Defence Forces

Discussion

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 12:30

From grave breaches to the Rome Statute: International humanitarian law, human rights and the role of the International Criminal Court
Erkki Kourula

Judge, International Criminal Court

Developing international and national mechanisms to enhance implementation of international humanitarian law
Päivi Kaukoranta

Director General for Legal Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs for Finland

Putting universal jurisdiction into practice on a domestic level: thoughts on prosecuting the Rwandan genocide in Finland 15 years on
Susanna Mehtonen

Amnesty International, Finnish Section

Discussion

12:30- 13:30 Lunch break (lunch not provided)

13:30 – 14:45

The Geneva Conventions, international humanitarian law and human rights in a post 9/11 world
Martin Scheinin

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while
countering terrorism; Professor European University Institute, former director of The Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University

Reflections on the legal definition of an armed conflict and its legal implications, including the situation of Finland in Afghanistan
Legal Advisor from International Committee of the Red Cross

Discussion

14:45 – 15:00

Closing remarks
Allan Rosas

Judge at the European Court of Justice, former director of The Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University