“IHL Development: New Agenda and Reality Check”
The Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (RAU) in cooperation with the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Armenia announce the 8th Yerevan International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law, which will be held from 19 November to 21 November 2015 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia.
Yerevan Conference is a unique international platform for the discussion of contemporary issues and perspectives related to IHL development among the young scholars. Since 2007 the Conference's geography was growing and witnessed participants coming from Argenitina, Belarus, Brazil, Czech Republic, Georgia, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Armenia.

Over the years the conference has grown into the event not only traditional for the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, but also for the legal community of Armenia. Each year the participants are offered the platform to voice their views on the issues related to IHL development, and it is our strong belief that by that the Conference each year makes an effective contribution to the whole process of reaffirmation and development of IHL including also the voices of your professionals in this field. Over the years of Conference development, it also hosted a number of renowned international experts in the field of international humanitarian law, international criminal law and constitutional law thus providing a unique possibility to the participants not only to be heard by the established professionals and experts, but also to engage with them in the open discussion over their opinions and views. On top of it all, the Conference is also providing a unique opportunity to participate in the establishment of the international network of young legal professionals from all over the world and be part of alumni of the Yerevan Conference on IHL for young researchers. Finally, the Conference provides the unique cultural experience of visiting always beautiful and hospitable Armenia and meeting old and new friends from all over the world.
You may find more information about the Conference at the following site: http://ihlyerevan.rau.am/
The account of the last year’s Conference is also available at the Facebook page of the Conference- https://www.facebook.com/IHLConference
Young researchers in the field of IHL under the age of 35 are invited to take part in the Conference participants pre-selection process. This year the Organizing Committee will also consider applications for the maximum of three positions of moderators of the one of below mentioned sections.
In order to apply the applicants should submit a research paper strictly within the scope of the announced conference topics presented below.
The APPLICATION PACKAGE should be sent to ihlconference@rau.am and be comprised of:
  1. The Paper Abstract stating among others author’s original thesis, objectives and conclusions (maximum 1000 words, if selected, participant will have to present the full version of the paper (up to 4500 words prior to the Conference according to Annex 2),
  2. Duly Completed Application Form (according to Annex 1),
  1. Professional CV, also stating IHL related research (if any) and academic interests.
Please note that Applicants applying for the position of moderator should also submit short motivation letter (maximum 500 words) describing their previous experience in the sphere of IHL and reasons for their willingness to participate as a moderator for one of the sections listed below.
The deadline for submitting the application package is October 18, 2015. 23:00, GMT + 4:00. Late submissions may be considered at the discretion of the organization committee. The applicants will be selected on a competitive basis. The selection results will be announced on October 20, 2015. Selected applicants will receive an official invitation letter, including the program details and the venue.
Organizing Committee will provide the visa support for the participants of the Conference, as well as the accommodation, meals, local transportation and materials during the Conference days. Please note that round-trip travel expenses are to be covered by the participants of the Conference.
Shall you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Conference Secretariat via E-mail: ihlconference@rau.am.
Yours sincerely,
Secretariat of the Conference
The Conference Panels
Panel 1.               Ensuring better compliance with IHL: thinking out of the box for the states and individuals
This is the open-ended theme where participants can offer their suggestions on what can be done in order to ensure better compliance with IHL norms and regulations.
Panel 2.               business actors in armed conflicts
The following issues could be analysed:
  1. Privatisation, sanctions and complicity
  2. Roles of business in war
  3. Peacebuilding potential of the domestic private sector
  4. Role of business in fuelling the conflict and accountability
  5. Privatising security: law and governance of private military and security companies
Panel 3. scope of application of ihl
The following issues could be analysed:
  1. Challenges of qualification of armed conflicts
  2. Threshold between violence and armed conflict – challenges of definition
  3. Non-International armed conflicts – all too many versions, same little law to regulate
  1. Challenges of the beginning of application and of the end of application
1)    Persons protected by IHL in International armed conflicts – law and challenges
2)    Persons protected by IHL in non-International armed conflicts – law and challenges
3)    “New persons – actors” and legal regulations – eg. “unlawful combatants”, “terrorists”
Panel 4. the applicability and application of international humanitarian law to multinational forces
The following issues could be analysed:
  1. In what cases is the law of occupation applicable to a UN-mandated force? In what cases is the law of occupation applicable to an operation under UN command and control? What circumstances would trigger the end of applicability of the law of occupation?
  2. If humanitarian law is applicable, is it the law of international or non-international armed conflict that applies to operations under UN command and control? Does this conclusion also apply to cases of multinational forces that are acting pursuant to a UN mandate but are not under UN command and control?
Panel 5. refugees and Internally displaced persons within the framework of ihl
The following issues could be analysed:
  1. The Interplay between IHL and refugee Law
  2. Regional approaches to refugee protection and IHL
  3. Forced migration in non-international armed conflict: IHL's contribution to protection against refoulement
  4. The national responsibility to protect internally displaced people
  5. Justice and forced migration