A selection of presentations given during the global conference on “Reducing Suffering During Armed Conflict: The Interface Between Buddhism and International Humanitarian Law (IHL)”, Dambulla, Sri Lanka, 2019:


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


“Implications of Buddhist Political Ethics for the Minimization of Suffering in Situations of Armed Conflict”
Prof. P.D. Premasiri, Emeritus Professor of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya


“Conflict-Induced Displacement and the Gift of Fearlessness: A Buddhist Framework for Refugee and IDP Protection”
Dr. Christina A. Kilby, Assistant Professor of Religion (Buddhist Studies), James Madison University


“From ‘Soldier-Monks’ (junseng 軍僧) to ‘Education for the Army’ (junmin jiaoyu 軍民教育): Unpacking Intersections between Modern Chinese Mahāyāna and IHL”
Dr. Stefania Travagnin, Assistant Professor of Religion in Asia, University of Groningen


“Breaking the Cycle: How a Buddhist Doctrine of Forgiveness May Complement the Work of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)”
Alex Wakefield, Visiting Lecturer, University of Greenwich


“Buddhist Empirical Realism and the Conduct of Armed Conflict”
Dr. Elizabeth J Harris, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, Birmingham University


“The Dharmadharmatāvibhāga, A IVth Century Buddhist Text and its Application to IHL”
Dr. Diane Denis, Assistant Professor, Kathmandu University Center for Buddhist Studies


“Siege Warfare and the Prohibition of Intentional Starvation of Civilians: The Convergence of IHL and Buddhist Ethics”
Nishara Mendis, Lecturer in Law, University of Colombo


“‘Not Knowing is Most Intimate’: Koan Practice and the Fog of War”
Dr. Noel Trew, International Law Advisor for the British Red Cross


“Buddhism, the Royal Imaginary, and Limits in Warfare: The Moderating Influence of Precolonial Myanmar Royal Campaigns on Everyday Warriors”
Prof. Michael Charney, Professor of Asian and Military History at the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London


“How Buddhist teaching is applicable to treat humanely, without any adverse distinctions towards war victims”
Ven. Kosgama Muditha, Lecturer, University of Peradeniya


“Does International Humanitarian Law Create Rights or Duties – A Buddhist Perspective”
Prasantha Lal De Alwis, President’s Counsel and Visiting Lecturer of Law, University of Colombo


“Exploring Buddhist Perspectives on the Treatment of Prisoners of War under IHL”
Chathurika Lakmali Akurugoda, Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo


“Japan’s Way of Managing Armed Forces: IHL as Part of Discipline”
General Noboru Yamaguchi, Advisor to the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Professor of International Relations at the International University of Japan


“Practical Military Dimensions”
Kaji Sherpa, Former Gurkha Officer, British Armed Forces


“Which Buddhist Teachings and Traditions are Most Relevant to IHL and Situations of Armed Conflict?”
Lieutenant Colonel Nalin Herath, Sri Lanka Army


“The Buddhist Soldier and His Conduct During Armed Conflict”
Dr. Sunil Kariyakarawana, Buddhist Chaplain of the British Armed Forces