Modern Conflicts, Accountability and the International Law Commission

When: Monday, March 18, 2019 at 13:15 - 16:15
Where: The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

At this seminar two leading members of the ILC will provide updates on current issues before the Commission to stimulate a discussion on what these days can be considered the progressive development of international law.

The seminar will pay special attention to how the ILC in its ongoing work addresses some of the complex challenges modern warfare poses to international law – both in regards to the protection of the environment during armed conflict, in regard to the peremptory norms of international law (jus cogens) and in regard to accountability for crimes against humanity. The seminar will be jointly co-hosted by the Centre for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The event takes place at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Asiatisk Plads in Copenhagen.

Please note that all participants must register to take part — for further information please contact Martin Mennecke ( Participants also have bring their passport for identification purposes.


The International Law Commission (ILC) is a standing expert body under the UN General Assembly that is tasked with making recommendations for the purpose of encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification. 


13:15-13:30 Welcome/round of introductions

13:30-14:00 Current Progress and Challenges in the International Law Commission with Marja Lehto, Member of the International Law Commission and Rapporteur on the Protection of the Environment during Armed Conflict.

14:00-14:45 Discussion

14:45-15:00 Coffee

15:00-15:30 The International Law Commission and Crimes against Humanity: Progress for International Law? With Charles Jalloh, Member of the International Law Commission.

15:30-16:15 Discussion

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