Public Lecture

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 18:30 - 20:00

Changing world, unchanged protection?

70 Years of the Geneva Conventions

Organised in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

The four Geneva Conventions of 1949 have existed to protect people for seven decades. From ensuring that a wounded person is allowed through a checkpoint, to allowing detainees to send messages to their families, they preserve the core of common humanity in the midst of conflict. During such instances, it is clear that respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) is possible, and that its implementation makes a meaningful difference.

At the same time, violations of IHL persist, causing devastating and unacceptable humanitarian consequences. Constant efforts are needed to ensure that IHL guarantees the protection of victims in today’s complex armed conflicts and remains relevant in a changing world.

Launching the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions programme, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, will reflect on the successes and challenges to respecting IHL. 

This conversation will be moderated by Annyssa Bellal, Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser in International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and will be followed by a Q&A with the public.

Organised in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross.