Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen: «Contemporary challenges for international humanitarian law»

The Third and final trial lecture in a series in accordance with a process of appointing a new scholar to the NCHR academic staff.

Since the end of World War II the number of positive international legal norms governing the conduct of individuals has grown exponentially. Issues ranging from investment protection to criminal liability that used to fall within the exclusive domain of domestic law are now widely subject to international regulation. The dramatically changed role of individuals (and other non-state actors) on the international plane has lead scholars to suggest that the international legal system has undergone a structural  transformation. International law, so the popular narrative goes, was once reserved for states only, but now embraces all kinds of entities - even the individual.  In her trial lecture, Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen will critically examine how this 'new' system of international law impacts the field of international humanitarian law today?

Focusing on two fundamental questions concerning the relationship between international humanitarian law and non-state actors, she will first assess the extent to which the contemporary law international armed conflict confers direct rights on individuals. Second, she will determine the current status of the classic academic debate on the bindingness of the law of non-international armed conflict on armed opposition groups and the importance of this debate from the perspective of 21st century practice.

The lecture is 45 minutes and then 15 minutes for questions and comments.

Published Feb. 5, 2015 3:59 PM - Last modified Mar. 11, 2015 10:07 AM