The War Report

Started in December 2013

As an annual publication, The War Report provides an overview of contemporary trends in current armed conflicts, including key international humanitarian law (IHL) and policy issues that have arisen and require attention.

Aimed at students, academics, experts, journalists and diplomats as well as NGOs and international organizations, The War Report also lists current armed conflicts where IHL applies and focuses on selected situations.

This new version of The War Report is a follow-up to the Geneva Academy’s project published as books by Oxford University Press.

The War Report provides the background for our new annual Conference on Current Issues in Armed Conflict, co-organized with the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. It provides a space for experts and practitioners, diplomats, academics, and civil society representatives to discuss the legal and policy issues that have arisen in the past and current year in relation to armed conflicts situations.

The War Report: Armed Conflicts in 2017

Dr Annyssa Bellal is Strategic Adviser on international humanitarian law at the Geneva Academy and the Editor of the War Report 2017.

In this video, she presents the presents the 2017 edition of the War Report and its main features: the multiplication of armed non-state actors (ANSAs) and unprecedented casualties linked to armed gang violence.

RESEARCHER

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Annyssa Bellal

Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law

Annyssa Bellal's areas of expertise include public international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and armed non-state actors.

Publications

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The War Report 2018 - Georgia Abkhazia: The Predominance of Irreconcilable Positions

October 2018

Grazvydas Jasutis

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The War Report 2017

March 2018

Annyssa Bellal

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The War Report 2017 - The Armed Conflict in Israel-Palestine

January 2018

Montse Ferrer

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The War Report 2017 - Gang Violence in Colombia, Mexico and El Salvador

December 2017

Ana Balcazar Moreno, Ximena Mercedes Galvez Lima, Julie Lambin, Lina Rodriguez

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The War Report 2017 - Myanmar: A Battle for Recognition

December 2017

Laura Baron-Mendoza

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The War Report 2017 - Kurdish Military Formations in Middle Eastern Battlefields

November 2017

Vicken Cheterian

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

The War Report 2017 - The Armed Conflict in Yemen: A Complicated Mosaic

October 2017

Sari Arraf

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The War Report 2017 - Libya, A Short Guide on The Conflict

June 2017

Sari Arraf

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The War Report 2016

March 2017

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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NEWS

Destroyed Building during the 2008 War News

Georgia-Abkhazia: The Predominance of Irreconcilable Positions

19 October 2018

The War Report article Georgia-Abkhazia: The Predominance of Irreconcilable Positions presents an overview of the Georgia-Abkhaz conflict, its humanitarian implications, as well as the main actors involved.

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News

Experts Gather for Conference on Armed Conflict

30 July 2018

The Geneva Academy and the University of Essex’s School of Law and Human Rights Centre hosted the Current Issues in Armed Conflict Conference representing a further example of the burgeoning relationship between the two institutions.

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The War Report: Armed Conflicts in 2017

22 March 2018

In 2017, 55 situations of armed violence amounted to armed conflicts according to the definitions under international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The vast majority were non-international armed conflicts, as in preceding years. The analysis highlights two salient features: the multiplication of armed non-state actors and unprecedented casualties linked to armed gang violence.

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MORE ON THIS THEMATIC AREA

Colombia, 2010: Mountains in the Valle del Cauca region, between Santander de Quilichao et Popayan. FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) combattants walking next to native houses. Military Briefings

Landmines and Other Explosive Devices: From a Tactic of War to a Threat to Peace

November 2018, 18:30-20:00

In this Military Briefing, co-organized with Geneva Call, panelists will discuss the operational challenges and opportunities of turning guerrillas into deminers.

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Afghanistan, Parwan detention facility. Inside a room where detainees of the prison, separated by an acrylic glass, are allowed to meet with their families a couple of times per year with the help of the ICRC employees who facilitate the programme. Short Course

Preventing and Combating Terrorism

7 February - March 2019

This short course discusses the extent to which states may  limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.

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Short Course

The Law of Non-International Armed Conflicts

15- March 2019

This short course discusses the protection offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) and addresses some problems and controversies specific to IHL of NIACs, including the difficulty to ensure the respect of IHL by armed non-state actors.

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ICC Trial Chamber VIII declares Mr Al Mahdi guilty of the war crime of attacking historic and religious buildings in Timbuktu and sentences him to nine years’ imprisonment Project

Modes of Liability for International Crimes

Started in January 2015

This project intends to clarify the conditions of accountability for international crimes by providing a detailed assessment of the customary international law status of, in particular, the actus reus and mens rea elements of modes of liability: planning, instigating, conspiracy, direct and indirect perpetration, co-perpetration, the three forms of joint criminal enterprise, the doctrine of common purpose under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, command responsibility and aiding and abetting.

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Central African Republic, Ouham province, village of Ouogo. International Humanitarian Law dissemination session to members of the Peoples' Army for the Restoration of Democracy. Project

From Words to Deeds: A Study of Armed Non-State Actors’ Practice and Interpretation of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Norms

Started in January 2017

This project aims at compiling and analysing the practice and interpretation of selected international humanitarian law and human rights norms by armed non-state actors (ANSAs). It has a pragmatic double objective: first, to offer a comparative analysis of IHL and human rights norms from the perspective of ANSAs, and second, to inform strategies of humanitarian engagement with ANSAs, in particular the content of a possible ‘Model Code of Conduct’.

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