A small selection of the presentations given during the conference on “Reducing Suffering During Armed Conflict: The Interface Between Buddhism and International Humanitarian Law”, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 9-10 December 2022, which was co-organised by the Faculty of Humanities at Chiang Mai University, the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Mahidol University, Shan State Buddhist University and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

A selection of videos from the conference is also available in Burmese and Thai languages.

“Collateral Damage in International Humanitarian Law and Buddhist Doctrine: A Comparative Study”
Ven. Mahinda Deegalle, Professor of Religions, Philosophies and Ethics, Bath Spa University


“The Place of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in the Light of the Early Buddhist Teachings”
Ven. Moragaswawe Wijitha Thero, Lecturer, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka


“Theravāda Buddhism in correspondence with International Humanitarian Law: Reducing suffering in practice”
Pimchanok Palasmith, Legal Officer, Thai Red Cross Society


“Indiscriminate attacks against civilians and their property in armed conflicts: A humanitarian law perspective with reference to Buddhist teachings and traditions”
Wasantha Seneviratne, Head of the Department and the Chair Professor of Public and International Law, University of Colombo


“How can Buddhism support IHL to prevent excessive suffering and indiscriminate attacks, the importance of compassion”
Stephen Jenkins, Professor Emeritus, Humboldt University


“War, Violence and Dhamma in Buddhist Thought: On the Triumph of Righteousness”
James Taylor, Chiang Mai University


“Buddhist Ethics of War: Karma in Combat”
Matthew Kosuta, Lecturer, University of Tennessee Chattanooga


“Assessing the Proportionality of Incidental Injury and Damage in Conflict-Induced Displacement: Buddhist Guidance for Decision Makers”
Christina A. Kilby, Associate Professor of Religion, James Madison University


“Buddhist Way of Dealing with Armed Conflict – A Case Study of Master Taixu”
Xue Yu, Research Fellow, The Chinese University of Hong Kong