Connecting International Humanitarian Law and The Women Peace and Security Agenda

Monday, December 14
10:00AM-11:15AM EST
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The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda often references International Humanitarian Law (IHL), calling upon governments and military actors to uphold the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols, and condemn violence against women and girls as violations of IHL. However, despite important commonalities, the potential synergies between WPS and IHL have not been fully explored either in theory or practice.

Leading scholars, policymakers, and practitioners shared initial findings from a GIWPS-led research program, supported by the Principality of Liechtenstein, looking at commonalities, differences, and potential synergies between WPS and IHL, and ways in which the agenda could be taken forward.

Opening Remarks:

Ambassador Christian Wenaweser
Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the UN

Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Highlights from the New Research:

Dr. Orly Stern
Report Co-author, Fellow, Blatnik School, Oxford University


Panel Discussion:

Ms. Emily Kenney
Policy Specialist on Transitional Justice, UN Women

Dr. Helen Durham
Director of International Law and Policy, International Committee of the Red Cross

Dr. Katrina Lee-Koo
Associate Professor, Monash University

Ms. Zoe Bedell
Former Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and Attorney, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Moderated by Dr. Jeni Klugman
Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Co-hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Principality of Liechtenstein