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Reference : V-P-RU-E-00705
Date : 28/05/2015
Country/Region : RUSSIA
Caption : St Petersburg. The Martens Readings International Conference on International Humanitarian Law.
Photographer : s.n.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article of the 18th June 2015:

"What did we learn from the Nuremburg trials and how can these lessons be applied in contemporary armed conflicts? This was the question that experts from more than 30 countries sought to answer at an international legal conference held recently in St Petersburg, Russia.

Marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War, the Martens Readings in international humanitarian law (IHL) were held on 28 - 29 May. Humanitarian access, cyber operations, the unique role of journalism in wartime and mechanisms for compliance with IHL were among the subjects discussed at the conference organized by the ICRC jointly with the Russian Association of International Law and St Petersburg State University.

The conference brought together academics, war correspondents and legal practitioners from Russia, eastern Europe, Central Asia and across the world, together with judges for UN International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. A unique session on compatibility and interaction between international and national criminal justice systems was organized jointly with the St Petersburg International Legal Forum.

Kathleen Lawand heads the ICRC's Arms Unit. She pointed out that armed conflict was changing, bringing new challenges for humanitarian activity. "Today, the most important objective and challenge is physical access for ICRC staff. That access is vital if they are to assess the needs of the victims of conflict. Unfortunately, denial of access is becoming common practice. The security of medical personnel also remains an extremely grave problem." "
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