The seminar will feature two video forums in which the films “Zero dark thirty” and “No man’s land” will be screened.
Santiago Castellà, full academician of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED) and a reference in the field of International Public Law, is the academic director of the seminar “El Derecho Internacional Humanitario en el Mundo Actual” (International Humanitarian Law in the Current World), which this year reaches its twentieth edition and takes place between March 22 and 23 in the Faculty of Legal Sciences of the Rovira i Virgili University. The seminar is organised by the university itself, the International Catalan Institute for Peace and the Assembly of the Red Cross of Tarragona.
During the sessions, the International Humanitarian Law will be addressed as a system for the protection of victims in armed conflicts. The rights of the civilian population in wars, the prosecution of war crimes through international criminal justice and weapons and International Humanitarian Law will also be addressed, with a specific reference to the legal vacuum that exists on drones and unmanned aircraft that participate in wars. A round table of experts will analyse the trends and challenges of this specialty of Law.
The seminar will also feature two video forums in which the films “Zero dark thirty”, directed by Kathryn Bigelow in 2012, and “No man’s land” (2001), by Danis Tanovic, will be screened. The first is about the military operation that ended the life of Osama Bin Laden, leader of Al Qaeda, ordered by the president of the United States Barack Obama, a summary execution without any trial or legal guarantees; while the second explains the story of two soldiers from different sides, one Bosnian and another Serbian, who during the Bosnian War of 1993 are trapped between the enemy lines, in no man’s land. A sergeant in the Blue Helmets of the United Nations prepares to help them in breach of their orders.
The sessions will be attended by José Luis Doménech, head of the Dissemination Unit of the International Humanitarian Law Study Centre of the Spanish Red Cross; Julio Urbina, professor of Public International Law at the University of Santiago de Compostela; Consuelo Ramón, professor of Public International Law at the University of Valencia; Antoni Pigrau, professor of Public International Law at the Rovira i Virgili University; Claribel de Castro, professor of Public International Law of the Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED), and Teresa Marcos, also a professor of Public International Law of the UNED.