Tribes, thugs, terrorists and the law: Non-conventional armed violence and the Genocide Convention

ICL lunch seminar with Cecilie Hellestveit, Norwegian Academy of International Law. 

Genocidal campaigns in the last 70 years have for the most part been committed by state-actors or by non-state actors with some level of state attribution or state consent. The Genocide Convention and relevant accountability mechanisms are largely suited to fit state-driven genocide. This presentation discusses the challenges that arise when the perpetrator of
genocide is a non-state actor of a tribal, criminal or terrorist character. By relying on the example of the genocidal campaign by ISIL against the Yezidis in 2014, it argues that holding non-state actors to account for genocide involves a particular set of legal and extra legal problems.

Cecilie Hellestveit (phd) is a Norwegian academic with a background in law, conflict-studies and Middle Eastern-studies. She holds a doctorate in the international laws of armed conflict from the University of Oslo. Hellestveit currently serves as member of the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Petroleum Fund, and she is a fellow with the Norwegian Academy of International Law (NAIL). Hellestveit is also finalizing a publication on the laws of armed conflict at Universitetsforlaget. 


Pluricourts holds a monthly international criminal law (ICL) lunch, where an invited ICL expert gives a presentation on a topic of their choice, followed by questions from the audience. The aim is to provide a wide-ranging lecture series, giving varied insights into what is happening within the field of ICL today. We invite speakers from different backgrounds, and have had presentations from Norwegian- based and international academics, as well as speakers from local agencies who work with ICL-related issues, such as Kripos and the Norwegian Red Cross. The lunches also function as a meeting point for those who are interested in ICL, allowing for ideas to be exchanged and developed. They are open to the public, and are attended by staff, students and those working in ICL in the Oslo area.

Tags: Criminal law
Published Nov. 13, 2018 1:20 PM - Last modified Nov. 14, 2018 11:08 AM