The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Colombo and the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute of Sri Lanka (BIDTI) are co-organizing a series of webinars on contemporary challenges to international humanitarian law (IHL). The second webinar in the series will focus on the emergence of new means and methods of warfare that rely heavily on digital technologies, which pose significant challenges to the implementation and interpretation of IHL.

The discussion will address the need for constant deliberation by all stakeholders on the application of IHL to new and emerging technologies such as cyber tools and increasingly autonomous weapons systems.

The webinar will feature speakers representing three stakeholder groups – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, armed forces and the ICRC – who will contribute to the discussion from their respective expertise and experience drawn from their participation in initiatives that seek to respond to these challenges.

The event will be held on 2 February 2021 from 2.30pm to 4pm (Sri Lanka time).

Registration deadline: 1 February 2021

Register here:


  • Amb. A.L.A. Azeez, Additional Secretary (East) – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka
  • Wing Commander A.P.I. Sampath Kumara, Sri Lanka Air Force
  • Squadron Leader L.N. Randeni, Sri Lanka Air Force
  • Kelisiana Thynne, Legal Adviser, Advisory Services on IHL – ICRC Geneva


  • Samindika Elkaduwe, Legal Advisor – ICRC Colombo


The event is free and open to the public and ICRC staff, but registration is required.  

For any query, contact:

See more:
Sri Lanka: Contemporary Challenges to IHL and the Role of the Diplomat