Advocacy Resources

Janet Benshoof Teaches Federal Law Academy International Criminal Law Course

 

At the end of September GJC president Janet Benshoof traveled to the ethnic Kachin State near the China-Burma border to give a week-long training on international criminal law to Federal Law Academy (FLA) students in Mai JaYang. The FLA aims to nurture and advance ethnic youths to become legal practitioners who will then become advocates for establishing the rule of law in Burma. 

You can see below the tutorials that Benshoof used to teach students on international criminal law.

Day 1:  Where Does International Criminal Law Fit into International Law?

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Day 2: International Crimes & International Criminal Liability

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Day 3: International Criminal Law in Practice: Lessons from Iraqi Prosecutions

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Day 4: Rape and other Gender Crimes under International Criminal Law: Anfal and Beyond

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Briefing to the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament

EU Humanitarian Aid Must Uphold the Rights of Girls and Women Under International Law

SUMMARY

A recent change in policy, but not in practice.

In September 2015, the European Commission acknowledged that under international humanitarian law (IHL) and like all persons wounded in war, girls and women impregnated by rape in armed conflict have the right to necessary medical care, including abortions. The EU’s 2016 budget also newly specifies that EU humanitarian aid must be provided in line with the non-discrimination rules of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, and not be subject to any restrictions imposed by other donors. This means that the EU’s humanitarian aid partners must ensure women suffer no “adverse distinction” in their medical treatment options, and must separate their EU funds from US funds in order to avoid the US ban on abortion currently restricting EU funds. The European Commission has yet to make these changes effective. 

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