This Live Web Seminar (originally broadcast on October 2, 2012) explores the tensions and challenges arising out of the application of humanitarian principles in urban violence. Expert panelists and participants address the following questions:

- Whether instances of urban violence can be characterized as armed conflicts? If so, what are the advantages and disadvantages of applying International Humanitarian Law (IHL) to these situations?
- To what extent is it necessary to develop a legal framework that incorporates both humanitarian and human rights considerations tailored to situations of urban violence?
- What strategies and policy tools can be put in place in order to minimize human suffering and, at the same time, address the security concern of states in urban conflicts?
- What is the proper role of humanitarian actors in urban conflicts?

Claude Bruderlein(Director, HPCR)
Ofilio Mayorga (Junior Legal Associate, HPCR)

David Abrahams, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)
Robert Muggah, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Ronak Patel, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)
Sven Peterke, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB)

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