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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Workshop on International Humanitarian Law

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 8:30am


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for a workshop on International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

International Humanitarian Law, also known as the Law of War or the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), is the body of law regulating the conduct of warfare. This half-day workshop will provide key congressional staff with a foundation in IHL and its application in contemporary armed conflicts.

The workshop will examine how conflicts are classified under the law, when IHL applies in contrast to human rights or criminal law standards, who can be lethally targeted and how during armed conflict, protections for civilians and detainees, and IHL rules governing access for humanitarian organizations. Examples from contemporary contexts will be used to highlight key points, with time reserved for a special examination of the conflict in Yemen.  

In addition, the workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the International Committee of the Red Cross, its unique history and role as the guardian of the Geneva Conventions and IHL, and its humanitarian operations around the world. ICRC is currently active in over 80 countries.

This workshop is open to congressional staff only. To attend, you must RSVP to Stephanie Mellini at by Thursday, July 14, 2016. Please limit participation to one staff member per office. Note, this workshop is geared toward staff with foreign policy portfolios. For any questions, please contact Stephanie Mellini (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or or Isaac Six (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Joseph R. Pitts, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC

In conjunction with: 

The International Committee of the Red Cross


  • Andrea Harrison, Deputy Legal Advisor, ICRC
  • Trevor Keck, Deputy Communications Director, ICRC
  • Tracey Begley, IHL Academic Affairs Officer, ICRC
  • Pete Giugni, Global Protection Delegate, ICRC
  • Tony Abate, Public and Congressional Affairs Officer, ICRC
114th Congress