Yerevan, 15 September 2011 Dear colleagues, The Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University and the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Armenia, announce the Forth International Conference for Young Researchers "International Humanitarian Law: Problems and Perspectives of Development", which is organized on 9 - 11 November 2011 in Yerevan, Republic Armenia with the assistance of the ICRC's IHL Advisory Service and the International and Comparative Law Center. The purpose of the conference is to create a forum for young law professionals to discuss challenges of modern armed conflicts and other situation of violence in the light of International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law. Within this broad issue we suggest the following topics: - International human rights law applicable in armed conflict and other situations of violence - The protection of individuals in armed conflicts, including health care in situations of violence - Limitation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in armed conflicts - Missing persons and the right of the families to know: a holistic humanitarian and legal response - Limitation of the means and methods of warfare: general principles and applicable law - Direct participation in hostilities: an updated comprehensive interpretation - Serious breaches under international humanitarian law - War crimes repression at the domestic level: obligations and implementation - International Criminal Justice (International ad hoc Tribunals, International Criminal Court, Hybrid Tribunals) Applicants are invited to take part in the pre-selection process of the Conference. In order to apply for participation in the Conference the applicants should prepare a paper on a narrow topic within the general one announced (suggested topics are mentioned above). The format and requirements for the paper can be found in Annex 1 to this letter. The application file should comprise of a summary of the paper (maximum one page in typescript), the duly completed application form presented in Annex 2 as well as Applicant's CV. The application should be sent by e-mail before October 10, 2011 to the Conference board of IHL experts. The selection will be based on the quality of the summaries of the papers. The selection results will be announced on October 14, 2011. The official invitation letter including all logistical and organisational details (welcoming, accommodation etc.) will be sent to the selected participants. The papers will be selected on a competitive basis. The working languages of the Conference will be Russian and English (with simultaneous translation at all times). We hope for the interest of you and your institution to this event and in active contribution to the dissemination of knowledge of international humanitarian law. Please refer any questions you may have to: Organising committee: Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University ICRC Delegation in Armenia 0052, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia 0014, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia 123 Hovsep Emin str. 73/1 Nairi Zaryan Str. Phone: (+37410) 27 20 94 Phone: (+37410) 297415 Fax: (+37410) 269701 Fax: (+37410) 297420 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Е-mail: email@example.com Sincerely yours, Prof. А.R. Darbinyan, Mr. Lorenzo Caraffi Rector of the Russian-Armenian Head of the ICRC Delegation (Slavonic) University in the Republic Armenia ANNEX 1 Requirement to the paper, presented at the Conference 1. Participants of the Conference should present the research paper which would either be made specifically for the Conference within the announced topics, or previously submitted as a course or seminar paper. 2. All papers should be prepared in Russian or English language in electronic form: font type, Times New Roman, font size 12, double space. Length of the paper should not exceed 20 pages of typed text. All papers should be submitted in electronic form in Microsoft Word 1997 or 2000 format. 3. List of references made on the information sources and literature is obligatory and should be attached. 4. The following information should be mentioned at the cover page: i. name of the applicant (in full) ii. topic of the research iii. title and postal address of the university/employer iv. address, phone number and E-mail of the applicant. 5. Paper in full should be presented by the participants to the Organising Committee of the Conference upon the arrival to Yerevan. ANNEX 2 PARTICIPANT'S APPLICATION Name Surname Citizenship Date of Birth Phone E-mail address Name of the university/employer you represent: (please mention the year of study and/or department): Have you had studies/attended courses on Public International Law and/or IHL? If yes, please mention names of courses, place and date: Have you ever taken part in any events and/or conferences on IHL or Public International Law, including those organized by the ICRC? If yes, please specify (name, place, and date): Do you have any publications/ papers on IHL or Public International Law? If yes, please specify the titles and the publications (including web-sites) where your publications are available: Why would you like to participate in the Forth Yerevan International Conference on IHL? I apply for participation in the 4th International Conference: (Attention, please! Marking one of the bars below is mandatory! There is a limited number of scholarships available on behalf of the organizer, which will be granted to the participants on a competitive basis. If you are on the list of selected participants to whom scholarship has not been granted, and, have not marked one of the bars 2, 3, or 4 the organizers will look for another suitable candidate who has done so: 1. Only if all participation costs are reimbursed by the organizers (round-trip travel expenses, accommodation and meals) 2. Will cover both round-trip travel expenses, accommodation and meals 3. Will cover only round-trip travel expenses 4. Will cover only accommodation and meals Date: Signature: This application file, containing the applicant's CV must be sent to the e-mail addresses of the organizers not later that 6 p.m. (local time) October 10, 2011. The Organizing Committee has the right to check abovementioned information.
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