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Special presentation: Are counterterrorism approaches eroding the foundational humanitarian compromise of IHL?

Impartial wartime medical care for the enemy is at the root of international humanitarian law (IHL). Indeed, in key respects, protections for medical assistance for wounded and sick fighters hors de combat could be considered a — and perhaps the — foundational humanitarian compromise of the laws of war. Yet, increasingly, counterterrorism approaches, at the U.N. Security Council and in a number of states, are recasting medical care as impermissible support to designated terrorists. To date, this slow potential erosion of an IHL normative pillar has occurred largely without public debate.

In a special presentation in Geneva and online, Dustin Lewis, Senior Researcher at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (HLS PILAC) and longtime expert contributor to several PHAP events and initiatives, will present the Program’s latest research on the intersections between counterterrorism laws and approaches and the protection of impartial wartime medical care in IHL.

NB: The views expressed in this event are those of the speakerand do not necessarily reflect the views of PHAP or the organisations with which these individuals are associated and do not necessarily reflect the views of PHAP or the organisations with which these individuals are associatedand do not necessarily reflect the views of PHAP or the organisations with which these individuals are associated.and do not necessarily reflect the views of PHAP or other organisations with which the speaker is associated. Participants are attending this informal event in their personal capacity.

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Dustin Lewis Dustin Lewis is a Senior Researcher at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC). With a focus on public international law sources and methodologies, he leads research projects on the theoretical underpinnings and application of international norms related to contemporary challenges concerning armed conflict.

Geneva Humanitarian Connector

This event was made possible through the Geneva Humanitarian Connector, an initiative of PHAP supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

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