(Originally Broadcast on July 15, 2010.)
The Live Seminar examined the legal instruments and policy tools available to protect the environment in situations of armed conflict. Against the backdrop of the release of a United Nations Environment Programme report, the Seminar addressed the following questions:
* How are notions such as “widespread,” “long-term,” and “severe” damage to the environment defined in international humanitarian law and international criminal law?
* Which mechanisms could best monitor legal infringements pertaining to, and address claims for, environmental damage sustained during armed conflict?
* In what ways, if any, do international and domestic environmental law interact with international humanitarian law during armed conflict?
These questions are examined by looking at the level and types of legal protection afforded to the environment in both international and non-international armed conflicts.