THE 29TH INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AND SECURITY CONFERENCE OF WEBSTER GENEVA

“THE RESURGENCE OF CONFLICTS: CHALLENGES TO EXISTING SECURITY, HUMANITARIAN AND HUMAN RIGHTS FRAMEWORKS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS”

21 NOVEMBER 2024

THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE GENEVA (CICG)

The International Relations Program at Webster Geneva is pleased to announce that its 29th Annual International Humanitarian and Security Conference (IHSC) will take place on Thursday 21 November 2024 at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) located at 17 Rue de Varembé. The theme of this year’s conference will be “The Resurgence of Conflicts: Challenges to Existing Security, Humanitarian and Human Rights Frameworks and Their Implications.”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 and other more recent conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Asia have had a profound impact on international affairs, most notably with regard to the maintenance of international peace and security, and respect for and the application of international humanitarian and human rights law. 2024 also marks the 75th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions concerning the protection of civilians and victims of war. In view of recent events, Europe and the Western world are critically reassessing their security policies and adopting new defense strategies which include greater military expenditures, the expansion of their armed forces and acquisition of new weapons systems. Concomitantly, the events in Ukraine and other conflicts have led to reassessments of defense policies in the Far East, the Middle East and other parts of the world in view of these ongoing conflagrations and perceived threats emanating from China, North Korea, Iran and other state and non-state actors. These recent developments have also had an impact on the observance of international law and international humanitarian law, as witnessed in the Israel-Gaza conflict, and may have future ramifications in both regards.

The aim of the conference will be to assess the nature and impact of these crises on security and defense policies, and their implications for international law and international humanitarian law. The conference will address how the West and the international community are responding to these multifaceted challenges at present, and critically analyse their various dimensions and future ramifications.

The 2024 conference will consist of keynote speeches and four panels that will cover the following topics:

(1) The War in Ukraine: A New Western and European Security Architecture?

(2) Other Armed Conflicts and Their Implications for Peace, Security and the Arms Trade

(3) Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: The Prospects and Efficacy of Pursuing Justice

(4) International Humanitarian Law 75 Years After the Geneva Conventions: The Need to Protect Civilians and the Victims of War

As has been the case over the past twenty-eight years, the 29th IHSC is being organized with the support and under the auspices of the Government of the Canton and Republic of Geneva, and in cooperation with the university’s longstanding partners, most notably, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other major international organizations and the student-led NGO, the Webster Humanitarian Association (WHA).

This event will be open to the public and free-of-charge. Participants are encouraged to register in advance on the Webster Geneva website www.webster.ch. For further information, please contact Dr. Jubin Goodarzi or Dr. Lionel Fatton of the International Relations Program at Webster Geneva at jubingoodarzi71@webster.edu and lionelfatton62@webster.edu

Thursday, November 21

International Conference Center Geneva (CICG)
17 rue de Varembé CH - 1211 Geneve

Event Type

Global Campuses, Geneva

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