The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Colombo and the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute of Sri Lanka (BIDTI) have been co-organizing a series of webinars on contemporary challenges to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in light of the 2019 ICRC Challenges Report.

The third webinar in this series titled “Counter terrorism measures and International Humanitarian Law” will explore the challenges posed by counter terrorism measures in the context of armed conflicts to the implementation of International Humanitarian Law.  The speakers will contribute to the discussion from the wealth of their experience and knowledge on the role of IHL in counterterrorism measures with regard to initiatives in domestic settings and multilateral fora.

The event is scheduled for 8th April 2021 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm, Sri Lanka time.


Dr. Rohan Perera PC, Chair of the UN Ad Hoc Committee on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism and of the Working Group of the Sixth Committee on the same, Former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York, and Former Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Professor Deepika Udagama, Chair Professor of Law, University of Peradeniya, Former Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

Brigadier Keerthi Kottawaththa RWP RSP USP, Director, Directorate of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, Sri Lanka Army

Kelisiana Thynne, Legal Adviser, Advisory Service on IHL, ICRC Geneva

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

Registration deadline: 6th April 2021

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