Law Department to hold seminar to mark 70 years of the Geneva Conventions

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 09:45

The adoption of the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 was a watershed moment in the development of International Humanitarian Law. Their significance can be seen in the high number of State ratifications, and the transition into customary international law of many of their provisions. Yet, significant problems persist in respect of the workings of the Conventions, their implementation and application. Upon the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Geneva Conventions, Maynooth University Law Department and the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention are convening a panel of experts to reflect on the treaties, and to evaluate their present and future challenges. The panel will consist of Prof. Marko Milanovic (Professor of Public International Law, University of Nottingham), Dr. Noelle Quenivet (University of the West of England, Bristol) and Col. Jerry Lane (Director of Legal Services, the Irish Defence Forces).

The seminar will take place on 8 April in the Phoenix Boardroom in Maynooth University at 10am.

To register your attendance please email Patricia Tutty at before 4 April 2019.

Order of events:
10-10.30am: Tea & coffee
10.30-10.40: Welcome address by Prof. Michael Doherty (Head of Maynooth University Law Department)
10.40-11.05: Prof. Marko Milanovic- ‘Obligations of States parties to respect and ensure respect for the Conventions, in the specific context of intelligence sharing in multinational military operations.’
11.05-11.30: Dr Noelle Quenivet- ‘A (Wo)Man’s Honour: Have the Geneva Conventions lost their gender?’
11.30-11.55: Col. Jerry Lane- The Geneva Conventions: Utility, flexibility and applicability’
11.55-12.30: Discussion and Q & A
12.30-1.30: Lunch.