Nov 7 - Jean-Marie Henckaerts of ICRC to speak on international humanitarian law

November 6, 2007Duke Law News

Mr. Henckaerts has been a Legal Adviser at the ICRC since 1996. Currently he is the head of the project on customary international humanitarian law. He was a member of the ICRC delegation to the Diplomatic Conference on a Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (The Hague, 1999).

Before joining the ICRC, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Brussels from 1993 to 1996 heading the University's Project on Strengthening Democracy in Societies in Transition. At the same time he served as a legal assessment commentator for the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI).

He received his SJD degree from George Washington University Law School in 1994, LLM from the University of Georgia in 1990, and the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Brussels in 1989.

He has taught international humanitarian law at the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law in Geneva and international law at Boston University Brussels and Webster University Geneva. He has lectured i.a. at the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg), Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), the UNITAR Fellowship Programme in International Law (The Hague), the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo), the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Geneva), and the Summer School on Human Rights (Geneva).

He is a member of the International Law Association, European Society of International Law, American Society of International Law, Academic Council of the United Nations System and the United Nations Association. He has published four books and numerous articles on international law, international humanitarian law and human rights law.