4 Rue Alphonse Weicker
Lunchtime Seminar in Law: Humanitarian assistance and the protection of humanitarian workers from an operational and a legal perspective.
- Julie Tenenbaumõ ICRC Regional Legal Adviser for Europe, Paris
- Thomas Hallierõ ICRC Operations Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia
Armed conflicts always bring disruptions to the lives of civilians. When, due to the devastation caused by war, the civilian population is deprived of essential goods and services, humanitarian action by impartial humanitarian organizations, including the ICRC, is fundamental. Working in complex and insecure settings, humanitarian workers often face tremendous risks to provide assistance and care to people in need.
The presentation will address the issue of humanitarian assistance and the protection of humanitarian workers from both an operational and a legal perspective. Indeed International Humanitarian Law treaties and customary rules provide a fairly detailed framework for regulating access to persons in need of humanitarian assistance and of protection in situations of armed conflict.
The presentation will then consider the operational and legal aspects of the specific issue of protection of healthcare personnel. Whilst they provide vital relief during armed conflicts and, as such, benefit from a specific protective regime, violence, interference and threats against them are widespread in contemporary armed conflicts and have a major impact on access of the wounded and sick to medical care.
Julie Tenenbaum works for the ICRC as the Regional Legal Adviser for Europe based in Paris. She studied law in France, Belgium and England where she qualified as a solicitor. She worked in the legal field in London, with an emphasis on immigration and refugee law. She then joined the ICRC and worked as a protection delegate in Sri Lanka for a year. She then joined the ICRC Advisory Service and worked as Regional Legal Adviser for Southern and then Western Africa for almost four years. In that capacity, she advised national authorities on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and on the national implementation of IHL treaties.
Thomas Hallier is the ICRC Operations Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia following, among others, Luxemburg. Since joining the ICRC in 2010, his missions have led him to Uzbekistan, Farah and Qala-e-Naw in Afghanistan, Nagorny Karabakh and Tajikistan. Born and raised in France on the shores of Brittany, Thomas is an alumnus of the Paris Institute of Political Science, Columbia University in New York and Paris Panthéon-Assas Faculty of Law with Masters Degrees in International and Public Affairs and in International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law.
Organisation: Université du Luxembourg.
Registration: -by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (specifying name and institution) – Free seminar
– Maximum number of attendees: 80 – Lunch is planned for registered participants
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