Topic: Judges, law and war: the judicial development of international humanitarian law

Presenter: Dr Shane Darcy - Lecturer, National University of Ireland Galway

This seminar explores the formative role that international courts and judicial bodies have played in the development of international humanitarian law, the branch of international law that governs situations of armed conflict. Recent years have seen a proliferation of international courts and tribunals, several of which have been tasked with trying individuals for war crimes and applying international humanitarian law. These laws have experienced a renaissance over the past two decades, undergoing far-reaching adaptation and significant expansion in response to demands for accountability and an end to impunity. This renewal of international humanitarian law has in many ways been a judge-led endeavour, with various courts and tribunals producing ground-breaking jurisprudence which has influenced developments in treaty law and helped to shape understandings of customary international law. 

This seminar is presented by the TC Beirne School of Law Research Seminar Series and the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law (CPICL). All welcome, please register by emailing Beth Williams.

Contact: Beth Williams, ph: 334 69350, email:

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