We, the participants of the X International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law, 

Underlining that there are some emerging issues connected with armed conflicts such as autonomous weapons systems, biochemical enhancement and new weapons technologies in general. 

Noting also that there are some essential issues, which already exist in International Humanitarian Law but at the same time raise the new challenges for the law of armed conflict. Among those serious challenges there are the recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts, the position of the prisoners of war with disabilities, the impact of warfare on human, both mentally and physically and protraction of armed conflicts. 

Considering the fundamental role of the International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law rules,

Recognizing that the pacta sunt servanda principle (good faith) is universally recognized, 

Taking into account the commitments towards the main challenges of International Humanitarian Law nowadays made by the experts and participants of the Conference, 

Convinced that endeavors by the research community to ensure the respect and application of International Humanitarian Law rules would solve the protracted armed conflicts problem and  thus contribute to the international peace and security,

  1. Affirm the essential role of the humanity principle which implies an inherent worth and dignity of the person. As Jean Pictet emphasized humanity is an essential principle from which all other principles derive.
  2. Stress that sustained efforts are needed within the framework of respect of general principles of International Law and International Humanitarian Law in particular, proportionality and military necessity, distinction, superfluous injury and unnecessary suffering prohibition, precautionary principle, and such International Human Rights Law principles as non-discrimination and equality principles that guarantee the protection of human dignity both in peace time and in armed conflict.
  3. Call upon the States to respect and implement the mechanisms of International Humanitarian Law in parallel with the International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law.
  4. Encourage all States to comply with their obligations under International Humanitarian Law and to provide assistance necessary in respect of protracted and unresolved armed conflicts.
  5. Believing that the teaching and spreading of the knowledge of International Law, particularly International Humanitarian Law, is the core and vital task of young International Humanitarian Law researchers and all concerned people.

28 October 2017