The Reaffirmation of Custom as an Important Source of International Humanitarian Law
A Conference to Mark the Publication of the ICRC Study on Customary International Humanitarian Law by Cambridge University Press
September 28, 2005
9am – 3pm

On September 20, 2005, American University Washington College of Law hosted the US launch of a new study by the International Committee of the Red Cross evaluating customary international humanitarian law and its application to the protection of people affected by war. Ten years in the making, the study was be revealed at “The Reaffirmation of Custom as an Important Source of International Humanitarian Law,” held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Room 603 of the Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

The 5,000-page study identifies 161 rules of customary international humanitarian law that offer legal protection for people affected by war. The WCL conference featured the report’s primary authors and discussants from around the world, with a keynote speech by Judge Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the War Crimes Research Office, both of AU Washington College of Law, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.