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The Debate About Autonomous Weapons Systems

A seemingly historically unprecedented development has been taking shape within the past few years in the domain of international humanitarian law (IHL). For perhaps the first time in history, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scholars, human rights advocates, and policy actors have been engaging in discussions and debates about the legal and ethical implications of the military use of technology that does not yet exist.

Understanding Humanitarian Access: Linking Theory and Practice

Humanitarian access obstructions, which limit international humanitarian organizations’ abilities to provide assistance and protection to populations in the greatest need, endure as one of the most vexing policy issues faced by the humanitarian sector.

Introducing the HPCR Advanced Practitioner’s Handbook on Commissions of Inquiry

A number of issue areas — civil-military coordination, security for field workers, and negotiation on the front lines of humanitarian action, for example — are high on the humanitarian sector’s research and policy agenda. Alongside these issues is the question of how researchers, practitioners, and trainers can most effectively collaborate to facilitate professional exchanges geared toward learning lessons from past practice.

The Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Investigation and the Politics of Fact-finding

Just as humanitarian professionals emphasize the need to maintain the humanitarian space to undertake aid operations with independence, neutrality, and impartiality, in the domain of international fact-finding, political engagement is often required to carve out the space necessary to implement a thorough, objective investigation.

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