International Humanitarian Law Symposium

November 1-3, 2017
Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney New Law School Building (F10)
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus, Common Room Level 4
Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia
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In times of conflict, journalists and war correspondents often bear witness to the horrific, the unspeakable, and the illegal. Civilians used as human shields. Ambulances and humanitarian workers attacked. And chemical weapons turned on families and bystanders.

But how can we be made aware of possible war crimes if no one reports them? Your role as a journalist matters more than ever. And international humanitarian law — known as the ‘laws of war’ — can help you in this vital role. They can also be a tool to keep you safer.

The inaugural Symposium, featuring of some of Australia’s finest legal and writing specialists, will help explore your role in ending impunity for war crimes, and discover how IHL can help you report safely from conflict zones. Seminars will also look at how citizen journalists and mobile videos can change the course of a conflict; the implications of ‘fake news’; and whether good reporting can lead to improved compliance with the laws of war.

This symposium, a collaboration between the Australian Red Cross, the Sydney Centre for International Law, the University of Sydney and Dart Centre Asia Pacificwill include crucial knowledge for all correspondents and writers interested or currently working in the field.

1 November, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
IHL Speed session - open to all media professionals and journalism students

2 November, 9.00am – 5.30pm
IHL Symposium ‘Humanitarian and Journalistic Challenges of Ethical War Reporting’ - open to all media professionals, humanitarian organisation and academics and post-graduate students in the fields of law or journalism

3 November , 9.00am – 5.30pm
Inaugural IHL Teaching Symposium - open to all academics and post-graduate students currently teaching or interested in teaching IHL

Places are strictly limited. To view the Symposium program and to secure your place, register here.