How can International Humanitarian Law (IHL) be implemented and enforced? International Criminal Law (ICL) plays an important role in this respect, placing responsibility on individual persons for serious atrocities including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression.

In this webinar, PHAP members and guests had the opportunity to delve into this topic with Chris Jenks, a law professor with previous experience in the U.S. Army and the co-editor of a forthcoming war crimes casebook. The session will begin with a briefing on ICL and its relevance to humanitarian actors, focusing on its core principles, main instruments, scope of application, and relationship with IHL. This was followed by an opportunity for Q&A and discussion.

Learning objectives:

  • Appreciation of the relationship between international criminal law and humanitarian law, and the role of the former in supporting the enforcement of the latter.
  • Familiarity with the main legal instruments (e.g., treaties) and mechanisms (e.g., courts and tribunals) of the international criminal law framework.
  • Knowledge of the main elements of war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression.
  • Understanding of the jurisdictional scope as well as general legal principles of the international criminal law framework.
  • Appreciation of the challenges to the application of international criminal law in contemporary contexts.