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Incidental yet Monumental: Incorporating Mental Health Impacts into IHL Proportionality Assessments

April 7 marks World Health Day and this year the World Health Organisation is using the day to draw attention to global mental health concerns, including the devastating impact of the Syria conflict. Such an important moment should facilitate greater reflection by the humanitarian community in terms of preventing, limiting and responding to mental health impacts during war, and this conversation should also include legal assessments and applications. 


At What Cost? Ethical Dilemmas for Humanitarian Funding

Médicines Sans Frontièrs (MSF) announced on the 17th of June that it would no longer be taking funds from the European Union and member states “in opposition to their damaging deterrence policies and intensifying attempts to push people and their suffering away from European shores.”  This move came in the same week that two other funding and ethics issues were in the spotlight

IHL and Gender Perspectives: Time for Evolution or Revolution?

Over the last few decades there has been a concerted movement to promote a gender perspective within the international humanitarian law (IHL). Such a movement has gained considerable momentum and importance as a central tool addressing gendered vulnerabilities in conflict.

In Defense of International Humanitarian Law

As the frequency and brutality of conflict increases around the world, a number of voices are questioning the relevance of international humanitarian law (IHL), as well as its chief guardian the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). While many criticisms are undoubtedly warranted, some are unfair, inaccurate or misplaced; as such, they warrant a much more careful consideration.

The difficulty in assessing trends of (dis)respect and respect

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