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Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa


Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations


26-27 August 2011, Pretoria

Friday, 26 August


9h00-9h30: Arrival and Welcome (Christof Heyns, University of Pretoria/ United Nations Special Rapporteur for extradjudicial, summary or arbitrary executions)

9h30-10h00: Theorizing the Overlap, Convergence and Conflict of IHL and HRL

Chairperson: Erika de Wet (University of Pretoria)
Opening Address: Andreas Paulus (German Constitutional Court) (Bio)

10h00-11h00: Institutional Perspectives (I)

Chairperson: Jann Kleffner (Swedish National Defence College)

1.             The jurisprudence of international courts and tribunals (Stefan Hobe, University of Cologne)

2.             Human Rights Bodies (Gus Waschefort, University of Pretoria)

11h00-11h30: Refreshments

11h30-13h00: Institutional Perspectives (II)
Chairperson: Jann Kleffner (Swedish National Defence College)

3.             James Ross (Human Rights Watch)

4.             Panel Discussion and Q&A


13h00-14h00: Lunch (at Senate Hall)


14h00-16h00: Situational Perspectives (I)


Chairperson: Michelo Hansungule (University of Pretoria)

1.             Interplay as regards detainees (Ashley Deeks, Columbia Law School)

2.             Interplay as regards conduct of hostilities (Laura Olson, Blackletter Consulting)

3.             Interplay in situations of belligerent occupation (Aeyal Gross, University of Tel Aviv)

4.             Panel Discussion and Q&A

16h00-16h30: Refreshments

16h30-18h00: Situational Perspectives (II)

Chairperson: Max du Plessis (International Crime in Africa Programme, Institute for Security Studies and University of KwaZulu Natal)

1.             Interplay in peace operations (Marten Zwanenburg, Netherlands Ministry of Defence)

2.             A gender perspective on the relationship between HRL and IHL (Bonita Meyersfeld, University of the Witwatersrand)

3.             Panel Discussion and Q&A

19h00-22h00: Conference Dinnerat Burgundy’s (‘Klubsaal’)

Saturday, 27 August (Venue: SRC Room, Conference Centre)

9h00-11h00: Implementation and Enforcement of IHL and HRL

Chairperson: Zonke Majodina (United Nations Human Rights Committee)

1.             A comparative overview of means to implement and enforce IHL and HRL (Harmen van der Wilt, University of Amsterdam)

2.             The role of domestic and international courts (Yuval Shany, Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

3.             The role of individual claims (Norbert Wühler, International Organization for Migration) (Bio)

4.             Panel Discussion and Q&A

11h00-11h30: Refreshments

11h30-13h00: Panel Debate: Practical implications of the interrelationship

Chairperson: Andre Stemmet (South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, tbc)Speakers

1.  Military (Ken Watkin, former Canadian Armed Forces)

2.  ICRC (Julie Tenenbaum, Regional Legal Advisor)

3.  United Nations (Daphna Shraga, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs)(Bio)

4.  Q&A

13h00-13h30: Closing Remarks by the organisers followed by Lunch at Alders