Safe Zones: An International Lawyer's Perspective

The Institute of International Relations would like to cordially invite you to the lecture on the topic of Safe Zones and International Law. The presentation will be held on December 17th at 4:30 p.m.

17. 12. 2019 (16:30)

Institute of International Relations, Nerudova 3, Praha 1

On Wednesday 9th of October 2019, Turkey launched a cross-border operation in Northern Syria. Its operation was directed at pushing back Kurdish-led forces from its border and creating a 'safe zone' in Syria where up to two million refugees can be resettled. However the legality surrounding Turkey's actions is unclear. This presentation aims to set out the international legal framework surrounding the use of safe zones in armed conflict. It will identify how and when safe zones can be legally established; their relationship with refugee, human rights, and international law; and how states’ legal obligations can be monitored and enforced in safe zones.

The lecture will be given by Bríd Ní Ghráinne, senior researcher of the Centre for International Law.

Report from the lecture is available here.