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The Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts Project is an initiative of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights to support the application and implementation of international law in armed conflict. Through its global database and analysis, the Project aims ultimately to report on every concerned State and disputed territory in the world, considering both the legal norms that apply as well as the extent to which they are respected by the relevant actors.


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The conflict in Syria, October 2012

The Arms Trade Treaty: a work in progress? August 2012;   Overview of torture litigation in the USA and Canada, June 2012;   The International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor’s decision on Palestine, April 2012;   National Amnesty laws and the indictment of Judge Baltasar Garzón in Spain, March 2012;     Jurisdictional Immunities of the State, Judgment of the International Court of Justice, February 2012

Recent resolution and statement

General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly to Accord Palestine ‘Non-Member Observer State’ Status in United Nations (29 November 2012), GA/11317

The eleventh session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute (November 2012) - Resolutions and reports 

ICRC statements at the 67th UN General Assembly: The scope and application of the principle of universal jurisdiction – ICRC statement to the United Nations, 18 October 2012

Recent developments
Judicial decisions
ICC Trial Chamber acquitted Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the attack on the village of Bogoro, in Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (18 December 2012).

Judicial decisions
Zdravko Tolimir was sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in 1995 in Srebrenica and ┼Żepa, Bosnia and Herzegovina (ICTY, 12 December).

DR Congo M23 rebels enter Goma city, BBC, 20 November 2012

Judicial decisions
ICTY Appeals Chamber acquits and orders release of Croat generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač, 16 November 2012