Past event


The 1949 Geneva Conventions: Sixty Years Young

Chatham House, London


Professor Sir Adam Roberts, President-Elect, British Academy; Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University
Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Associate Fellow, International Law, Chatham House


On 12 August 1949 a diplomatic conference in Geneva approved the text of four conventions on the laws of war. Throughout their 60-year history they have faced numerous challenges, including from military occupations, operations by the UN and NATO, detention of personnel, and, more generally, the ever changing character of international politics and of war. The speaker will argue that the conventions have adapted, and will need to adapt further.