Protection of civilians and the future of urban warfare

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Date/Time: 07/04/2021  15:00 - 16:30

Welcome to a virtual roundtable on the protection of civilians and the future of urban warfare, hosted by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in association with the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies  (NCHS) and the Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross).

This roundtable explores the following questions:

  • What do current trends in armed conflict and military technology mean for the future of urban warfare?
  • What are the future prospects for International Humanitarian Law in settings of urban warfare?
  • What does this imply for the regulation of uses of explosive weapons in populated areas as a means to protecting civilians?

Led by Kristoffer Lidén, Senior Researcher at PRIO, the roundtable features an opening interview with Hugo Slim (Oxford Institute For Ethics Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), University of Oxford).

Comments and reflections are provided by Wanda Muñoz (International Consultant on Victim Assistance), Radhya Al-Mutawakel (Mwatana Organisation For Human Rights), Abigail Watson (Saferworld), and Nicholas Marsh (PRIO).

You can now view a recording of the full roundtable discussion here. The discussion is also featured in a bonus episode of PRIO’s Peace in a Pod podcast and is available here.

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