Turin roundtable on "non-state actors and their impact on international humanitarian law and RtoP" (11 December 2009)
United Nations System Staff College
International Institute of Humanitarian Law
10-11 December 2009
The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and the International Institute of Humanitarian
Law (IIHL) organized a Round Table on “Non-State Actors and their impact on International Humanitarian Law and Responsibility to Protect”, which took place at the University of Turin (Italy) on the 10th and 11th of December 2009.
The increased prevalence of Non-State Actors (NGOs, individuals, the media, organized armed groups, private military and security companies, international terrorist organizations) is one of the most significant developments in the last two decades. This rise is perceived as an opportunity to enhance international law but also as a growing challenge when it comes to the implementation.
The Round Table saught to address both perspectives with a special focus on Non-State Actors involvement in implementing International Humanitarian Law (IHL) norms and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principles.
To this purpose, one panel was devoted on the legal IHL framework and identifyed contemporary challenges to traditional notions of IHL; another panel offered an overview on NGOs specific experiences in implementing the R2P and in improving respect of IHL; and a third panel focused on the role played by the media. Sapna Chhatpar Considine, Project Manager at the ICRtoP Secretariat, attended the conference and presented the role of civil society organizations as part of the second panel entitled “Voices from civil society: which role in the implementation of International Humanitarian Law and Responsibility to Protect?”.