The American Society of International Law’s
Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
“The Law of Armed Conflict:
International Humanitarian Law”
When: Wednesday, May 5, 2010
2:30pm – 3:30pm Author remarks and panel discussion
3:30pm – 4:00pm Audience Q/A session
4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Reception
Where: The American Society of International Law
2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Metro: Dupont Circle
ASIL’s Lieber Society and the ICRC are sponsoring a discussion with ASIL member Gary D. Solis about his new book, The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law, published by ASIL Publishing Partner Cambridge University Press. ASIL
hosts events such as this book discussion on an occasional basis as an
informational service to bring experts on current international law
topics together with those who have an interest in them.
The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law introduces law students and undergraduates to the law of war in an age of terrorism. Questions covered include:
- What law of armed conflict/international humanitarian law applies to particular armed conflicts?
- Does that law apply to terrorists as well?
- What is the status of participants in an armed conflict?
- What constitutes a war crime?
- What is a lawful target and how are targeting decisions made? What are rules of engagement?
- What weapons are lawful and unlawful, and why?
This book takes the reader through these essential questions of the law of
armed conflict and international humanitarian law to an awareness of
finer points of battlefield law. The U.S.-weighted text incorporates
lessons from many nations and includes hundreds of cases from
Professor Solis will provide a short explanation of his book and the challenges of illuminating the
law of armed conflict in these challenging times.
ASIL members Jamie Williamson, Legal Advisor to the ICRC in Washington, and Dick Jackson,
Special Assistant to the Army Judge Advocate General for Law of War
Matters and Chair of the Lieber Society, will provide commentary.
Professor Solis will be available to autograph his book following the
discussion. Copies will be available for sale at the venue.
Attendance is free, but space is limited.
Online registration is encouraged.