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.

RESEARCHERS

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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 United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran: An International Armed Conflict of Low Intensity

December 2019

Milos Hrnjaz

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Iraq: Any Hope for Change?

November 2019

Josiane Matar

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Non-International Armed Conflict To Continue in Sinai?

November 2019

Annabel Bassil

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The War Report 2018

April 2019

Annyssa Bellal

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Norwegian centre for Human Rights

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Central African Republic Sectarian And Inter Communal Violence Continues

January 2019

Giulia Marcucci

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Conflict in the Eastern Regions

January 2019

Giulia Marcucci

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The Syrian Armed Conflict: Nearing the End?

January 2019

Marija Sulce

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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THE ERITREA–ETHIOPIA ARMED CONFLICT

December 2018

Tadesse Kebebew

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Crimea: Between Annexation and Reunification

November 2018

Grazvydas Jasutis

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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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

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The Armed Conflict in Israel-Palestine

January 2018

Montse Ferrer

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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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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Myanmar: A Battle for Recognition

December 2017

Laura Baron-Mendoza

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Kurdish Military Formations in Middle Eastern Battlefields

November 2017

Vicken Cheterian

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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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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 AND EVENTS

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New War Report Article Analyses the June 2019 International Armed Conflict Between Iran and the United States

December 2019

Our new War Report article analyses the June 2019 shooting down by Iran of a United States (US) military drone and the alleged US counter cyber-attack.

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Iraq: An Ongoing Non-International Armed Conflict despite the Claimed Victory against ISIS

November 2019

Our new War Report article Iraq: Any Hope for Change? provides an overview of the non-international armed conflict in the country, including information about the classification of the conflict, its history, parties and developments in 2019.

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New War Report Article Discusses the Ongoing Armed Violence in Sinai between Egypt and Wilayat Sinai

November 2019

Our new War Report article Non-International Armed Conflict To Continue in Sinai? discusses the non-international armed conflict between Egypt and Wilayat Sinai, an armed non-state actor that has pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group.

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MORE ON THIS THEMATIC AREA

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64 New Students Start their Academic Year

September 2019

Students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law just arrived at the Geneva Academy for a busy orientation week before courses start next week.

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Guidelines on Investigating Violations of IHL: Law, Policy, and Good Practice

September 2019

These Guidelines aim to bring much needed clarity and support for the conduct of effective investigations into violations of international humanitarian law. They are the result of a five-year project initiated in 2014 by the Geneva Academy and joined in 2017 by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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ESIL Lecture: Disruptive Military Technologies

February 2020, 14:00-16:00

Robin Geiß, Swiss Chair of IHL at the Geneva Academy, will explore the disruptive potential of new military technologies with a focus on those areas where these technologies could fall through the cracks of the international legal order.

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International Humanitarian Law and Non-Sate Actors: Debates, Law and Practice

March 2020, 18:00-20:30

This event marks the launch in Geneva of the book International Humanitarian Law and Non-State Actors: Debates, Law and Practice.

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Sanctions in Public International Law

14 February - March 2020

This short course provides an introduction to the regime of sanctions under international law and their effectiveness in addressing contemporary forms of conflict. It addresses the questions related to state responsibility, the pacific settlement of international disputes and the role of the International Court of Justice.

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Short Course

The Law of Non-International Armed Conflicts

2 April - May 2020

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

Completed 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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A session of the UN Human Rights Committtee at Palais Wilson Project

Implementing International Humanitarian Law Through Human Rights Mechanisms

Started in April 2019

Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.

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

published on December 2019

Annyssa Bellal, Pascal Bongard, Ezequiel Heffes

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Iraq: Any Hope for Change?

published on November 2019

Josiane Matar

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