Seminar on IS in Geneva/Lausanne 2015

At the end of February we spent an exciting seminar in Geneva/Lausanne, which dealt with the fight against ISIS from an international law perspective.

The first day was filled with short presentations from each participant of their respective essay. The topics ranged from the classification of ISIS as a de facto regime and self-defence against ISIS to the international legal framework for humanitarian assistance of the victims of ISIS. Subsequently, we discussed the problems and possible consequences. Afterwards we could use the rest of the day to explore Lausanne and enjoy the evening together.

On the second day we took the train to Geneva and first visited the International Committee of the Red Cross. After an interesting introductory video and a presentation of the activities of the ICRC, an employee gave us an overview of international humanitarian law and told of us about her work. Next, we went to the UN and the Human Rights Council, where we were given a tour of the premises. After lunch we walked to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Here we were given a brief introduction of the work of the UNHCR and then solved a case in refugee law together. Lastly, we visited the German Permanent Mission, where all of our questions were answered by two diplomats.

After a last evening together we returned to Germany on the next day. Thereby a very interesting seminar was over much too quickly.