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Paolo D. Farah (West Virginia University, USA and gLAWcal - Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development) will give Welcome Remarks on behalf of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), for the ESIL supported event on "ICC´S CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND ENFORCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW" held at, Olomouc, Czech Republic on 21 – 22 May 2020.

Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law (CIHOL)

at the Faculty of Law, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic


invites papers for the conference,

organized as an ESIL supported event on


ICC´s Contribution to the Development and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law


organized as part of the international conference Olomouc Juridical Days 2020

21 – 22 May 2020, Olomouc, Czech Republic



Backgroun dand the Theme of the Conference

That international criminal courts and tribunals have always played significant role in the development and enforcement of IHL is a matter of fact. Enough is to mention the seminal Tadić case which remains one of the most important legacies left in this field by the ICTY. Since the ICC has been actively operating in the field for more than 15 years (situations in Uganda,DRC and CAR were referred to the Court in 2004) it is now possible to critically evaluate and assess what is the role of the ICC in the development and effective enforcement of IHL.

The opening panel will address the issue of child soldiers and their participation in armed conflicts. Confirmedspeakers of this panel include:

H.E. Dr. RobertFremr (Vice-President of the ICC)

Mrs. RenateWinter (former President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights ofthe Child)

prof. DanielThürer (University of Zurich), and

dr. GusWaschefort (University of Essex).

Contributions in other panelss hould address one of the following areas related to the practice of the ICC:

1.      Substantive issues

Contributions might focus on application and interpretation of basic rules (principles) of IHL,classification of armed conflicts, war crimes, circumstances precluding wrongfulness, forms of responsibility, or sentencing practice. Contributions may also cover possible legal challenges concerning amendments to Art 8 of the Rome Statute. From the formal (normative) point of view, the methodology of interpretation and application of sources of law envisaged in Art 21 of the Rome Statute might be analyzed.


2.     Procedural issues

Contributions might focus not only on procedural issues in a strict sense (e.g. evidentiary matters, or different phases of proceedings), but also on issues related to jurisdiction, immunities,admissibility (and therefore complementarity), participation of victims in the proceedings before the ICC, cooperation with the ICC and enforcement of penalties. Contributions may also cover strategies on selection of situations and cases (including examples of attempted but failed referrals by the SC).Finally, the methodology concerning interpretation and application of source sof law before and by the ICC might be assessed.



Scholars, researchers and experts are invited to submit abstracts of original unpublished research papers.The abstract (max. 500 words) should describe the topic and set out the main aspects and structure of the study. Selection of the abstracts will be based on originality and innovativeness of the paper and the relevance to the conference theme.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 March 2020.

Please send all submissions (in Word format, not exceeding 500 words), including a CV and contact information, to:

Publication of selected papers isenvisaged in a collective monograph within the “Transnational Law and Governance” Routledge Book Series .


ScientificCommittee of the Conference


dr. Martin Faix (Chair of the Scientific Committee,Palacký University in Olomouc)

dr. Ondřej Svaček (Co-Chair of the Scientific Committe,Palacký University in Olomouc)

prof. Pavel Šturma (Charles University in Prague,Chairperson of the International Law Commission)

prof. Paolo D. Farah (Member of the ESIL Board, West Virginia University (USA), gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (UK))

Mrs. Renate Winter (former President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Vice-Chairperson of theCommittee on the Rights of the Child)

prof. Hennie Strydom (University of Johannesburg, President of the South African Branch of the ILA)

prof. Dalibor Jílek (Palacký University Olomouc)



·       dr. Robert Fremr (Vice-Presidentof the ICC)

·       Mrs. Renate Winter (formerPresident of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Vice-Chairperson of the Committeeon the Rights of the Child)

·       prof. Daniel Thürer (University ofZurich)

·       dr. Gus Waschefort (University ofEssex)

·       dr. Kubo Mačák (ICRC Geneva)

·       prof. Alexandra Harrington (BalsillieSchool of International Affairs/Albany Law School)

·       dr. Martha M. Bradley (University ofPretoria / University of Johannesburg)



dr. Martin Faix ( or dr. Ondřej Svaček  (

For more information see theconference website: