Thursday 14 April 2016
Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva
FOREIGN FIGHTERS AND NEW FORMS OF MERCENARISM
- How has mercenarism evolved?
- What conditions give rise to changes in mercenarism?
- What core criteria allow us to identify mercenaries?
- Do these criteria, notably motivation, apply to today’s foreign fighters?
- What does the classification of mercenarism mean for accountability?
- What does the classification of mercenarism mean for access to remedy for victims or related human rights violations?
PANEL I - The evolution of mercenarism
- Professor Sarah Percy, University of Queensland, and author of “Mercenaries: The History of a Norm in International Relations”
- Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean and Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore, co-editor of “From Mercenaries to Market”
PANEL II - Motivations among foreign fighters and mercenaries
- Mr. Jose del Prado, former member of the Working Group on mercenaries
- Mr. Aaron Y. Zelin, Richard Borow fellow at The Washington Institute
PANEL III - Implications for accountability and remedy
- Professor Haykel Ben Mahfoudh, Faculty of Law, Political and Social Sciences, University of Carthage, Tunisia
- Ms. Sandra Krähenmann Research Fellow, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
- Opening remarks by Elzbieta Karska (Chairperson Rapporteur)
Bio Information of Panellists
Audio of the panel