International Conference for Young Researchers on
International Humanitarian Law
Russian–Armenian University (RAU) and the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Armenia are inviting all interested persons to attend the 11th International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law devoted to the 150th Anniversary of St. Petersburg Declaration:“150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST. PETERSBURG DECLARATION RENOUNCING THE USE, IN TIME OF WAR, OF EXPLOSIVE PROJECTILES: SAME RELEVANCE, NEW TIMES. The Conference will be held on December 13-15 at the Russian-Armenian University.
The Conference creates a unique platform for discussion of contemporary issues and perspectives related to the development of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Every year, the event hosts prominent experts in the field of IHL. This year the expert guests of the Conference are Dr. Elzbieta Mikos-Skuza, Andrey Kozik, Michael J. Strauss and Anastasia Kushleyko.
Dr. Elzbieta Mikos-Skuza is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw, Poland and a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Natolin. Her fields of specialization are: public international law, international humanitarian law of armed conflicts and peaceful resolution of international disputes. She is the Director of NOHA (consortium of European universities conducting programmes in humanitarian action) at the University of Warsaw and the Director of Master Studies on Humanitarian Action as well as Postgraduate Studies on Humanitarian Assistance.   In 2008 – 2012 Dr. E. Mikos-Skuza was a vice-dean at the Faculty of Law and Administration. For 30 years she has been volunteering with the Polish Red Cross, including the function of a vice-president of the Polish Red Cross in 2004 – 2012.  Since 2002  she has been a member (at present – first vice-president) of the International Humanitarian Fact Finding Commission established under Protocol Additional I of 1977 to the Geneva Conventions of 1949. She is also a full member of the San Remo International Institute of Humanitarian Law. Dr. E. Mikos-Skuza lectures during numerous courses organized by NOHA and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement all over Europe and is the author of publications in English and in Polish (text-books, collections of documents, chapters of books and articles) on public international law and international humanitarian law of armed conflicts.
Andrey KOZIK is the Secretary-General of International Law and Arbitration Association (BILA), Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, Associate Professor at KIMEP University.
Michael J. STRAUSS is a Ph.D. in international relations and diplomacy and professor of International Relations at the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiqueset Stratégiques in Paris.
Anastasia KUSHLEYKO is the Regional Legal Advisor for the integration and promotion of international humanitarian law in Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the ICRC. Anastasia worked for the ICRC Regional Delegation in Moscow before since 2001 where she was responsible for advising on issues of implementation of IHL at the national level as well as contributing to the process of promotion of IHL among academic circles of the post-Soviet countries. From 2010 to 2013, she served as Legal Director of the Stichting Russian Justice Initiative organization. Anastasia graduated summa cum laude from Tomsk State University with major in International Relations and earned two Master’s degrees - in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies (2001), and in Advanced IHL and International Human Rights Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (2007). Her research interests include international transitional justice mechanisms, human rights litigation and gender related aspects of human rights law.
Attending the Conference will give an extraordinary opportunity to meet the international and national experts in IHL, gain new knowledge and experience in the field, as well as to meet young researchers from different countries and create a valuable professional network. This year the Conference will involve participants and moderators from Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Greece, Iran, Italy, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
The main topics of the 11th edition of the Conference are:
You will be able to download the Conference program starting from10 December at:  http://ihl.rau.am/ or https://www.facebook.com/IHLConference/.
The working language of the Conference is English. 
The opening will take place at the Grand Hall of the Russian-Armenian University on 13December 2018 at 10:30 am.



"I have been fortunate to take part in three conferences and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The interesting presentations, the excellent organization and the social events make the conferences an unforgettable experience".
Katerina Pitsoli
Swansea University & Université Grenoble Alpe
“Yerevan Conference on IHL for me is a unique event in the region. The most impressive thing is that this event puts together people from different part of the world united by genuine interest to International Humanitarian Law. Here you have a possibility to meet again people with whom you became acquainted thanks to such significant IHL events as Pictet and Martens Competition. Moreover, the organizers of the conference do all their best to create friendly atmosphere as well as show unforgettable hospitality.
The value of the conference becomes obvious when you see how many people return to it from year to year. For instance, I participated in the conference three times in a raw and hope to come back again.
Dear organizing committee, thank you for such incredible unforgettable event!”
Mariya Milashevskaya
International University "MITSO"
"I visited International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law for the first time in 2016 while being just a visitor and since then I was struggling to achieve my next goal - to participate there as a panelist. Fortunately, in the next year I was a lucky one to go to Yerevan and take part in this great event. During my first presence at RAU I was really surprised by the quality of the organization and statuses of the experts moderating sessions. In 2017 being panelist I had breakfasts everyday with François Bugnion - one of the co-drafters of Additional protocols to GCs. That was a life changing experience. I met a lot of super interesting people who are also "addicted" to IHL as I am. I really look forward to join Yerevan international conference on IHL the next year.”
Iuliia Emtseva
American University of Central Asia
"Despite our advanced and highly developed society, today´s world faces a lot of human rights abuses, in particular, in modern armed conflicts. I consider our generation´s task to solves those issues. In that sense, the IHL Conference is a quite cozy conference that allows developing a fruitful debate and poses new challenges around the international humanitarian law. Further, the conference is an environment will help attendees to met a lot of people awesome from all around the globe!”
Priscilla Coria Palomino
Pontificial Catholic University at Peru
“Each time I have attended the IHL Conference for Young Researchers in Yerevan I have found it extremely rewarding. As an invited expert I have I have had the opportunity to share my own research and knowledge, and in exchange I have heard some of the best research that exists anywhere on current IHL issues. The subjects of the papers presented as well as their quality have been truly memorable, making the IHL Conference a rich showcase of relevant material for IHL scholars and practitioners. Certainly it has been that for me! This is also surely due to the breadth of countries and perspectives that are represented. But it is really more than that, because an international conference of such integrity also reflects the efforts of its organizers, to whom I am personally grateful. The Russian-Armenian University is an excellent venue, and the welcoming atmosphere of Yerevan itself is a real bonus.”
Michael J. Strauss
Professor of International Law, Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques, Paris, France
When we were just thinking about the Yerevan Conference with our co-organizers Russian-Armenian University, we were thinking to provide the young researchers and experts the platform to voice their opinions on IHL and various issues on IHL development and provide them opportunity to exchange those opinions with like-minded people. So that was our idea. I think the idea worked beautifully for the last 10 years and developed and started to be prosper and be also famous. Than is why we are having participants on annual basis coming from all over the world. And this is really a pleasure to see, to observe and to participate. The Conference is not only about IHL, but also about friendship, about Yerevan and about new experiences and, for those who know, about singing too. From all my heart I wish the conference to be as famous, as known and as warm and hospitable for the years and years to come. Happy birthday Yerevan Conference
Anastasia Kushleyko
ICRC Regional Legal Adviser for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Moscow Regional Delegation
I think the Conference is an excellent idea and initiative, because people from all around the region and also from other places in the world meet and, the time I was there, they were incredibly motivated to discuss the great challenges of IHL and their motivation was also demonstrated by the fact that they paid for their travel to Yerevan.
Marco Sassoli
Director of the Department of International Law and International Organization at the University of Geneva.