IV International Course for Catholic Military Chaplains in International Humanitarian Law (26-28 October 2015)

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As part of initiatives to respond to commitments undertaken by the Holy See at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace organized, in collaboration with the Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the IV International Course for Catholic Military Chaplains in International Humanitarian Law, which was held in the Vatican from 26 to 28 October, 2015.
The course was divided into two parts: a course of formation on "The Protection of Human Dignity in Light of International Law in Non-International Armed Conflicts and ‘New Conflicts’" (26-27 October 2015) and an International Conference on the Responsibility to protect in terms of moral and legal perspectives (28 October 2015).

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IV COURSE (26-27 October 2015)


          [FRA]- [ENG] - [ESP] - [ITA]


Welcome: H. Em. Card. Peter K. A. Turkson

          Wounded, sick and shipwrecked [ESP]: Rev. Msgr. Pedro Candia, Diocesan Administrator and Vicar General, Military Ordinariate of Argentina

           Refugees and internally displaced people [ENG]: H. E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta

            Children [ENG]: Mr. James Cooke, Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Office of  the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

            Introduction to the First Working Group [ENG]: Rev. Msgr. Guy Chapdelaine, Chaplain General of Canadian Armed  Forces

            The fundamental principles on the Conduct of Hostilities [ENG]: Prof. Col. Charles Garraway, Member of the International Humanitarian Fact-finding Commission (IHFFC), United Kingdom

            The most serious violations of international humanitarian law: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes [ITA] : Prof. Edoardo Greppi, Vice-President of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Italy

            Use of lethal autonomous weapons and drones [FRA]: Prof. Dominique Lambert, Consultor of the Pontifical Council of Culture, Belgium

              Cyberwar [FRA]: Dr. Nicolas Arpagian, Director of the French National Institute for Advanced Studies in Security and Justice (INHESJ), France

            Introduction to the Second Working Group [ESP]: Rev. Msgr. Pablo Ramόn Panadero Sanchez, Vicar General, Military Ordinariate of Spain


The Responsibility to Protect: Moral and Legal Perspectives (28 October 2015)


          [FRA]- [ENG] - [ESP] - [ITA]


            Welcome Address [FRA]: Dr. Christine Jeangey, Official, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

            African Great Lakes Region [FRA]: Rev. Fr. Rigobert Minani Bihuzo sj, Director of the “Jesuit Africa Social Centres (JASC) Network”, Kenya

            A Christian Perspective [ENG]: Mr. Rev. Renke Brahms, World Council of Churches, Moderator of the Protestant Church of Bremen and Spokesman for Issues Concerning Peace of Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Germany

            A Hinduist Perspective [ENG]: Ven. Swami Abhishek Chaitanya Giri, Mahamandaleshwar, Shri Jagadguru Sanyas Ashram, India

            The Concept of Responsibility to Protect and its Legal Foundation: the Contemporary Challenges [FRA]: Prof. Nicolas Michel, Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and President of the Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland

            The Means to Ensure the Responsibility to Protect: Measures not Involving the Use of Armed Force [ENG]: Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, USA

            Military intervention [FRA]: Prof. Emmanuel Decaux, Chairman of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, France