Panel Event
Thursday 14 April 2016
Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva


  • 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