26 February 2019, 13:00-14:30
Register start 29 January 2019
Register end 17 February 2019
Óglaigh na hÉireann
Data provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) highlights that between 2014 and 2018, 1,907,661 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean Sea. During the same period, 17,819 died or went missing.
While fewer people are making the journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, a recent UNHCR report highlights that the proportion of those losing their lives while trying to cross has risen sharply.
What are the basic principles related to the safety of life at the sea according to the longstanding seafarers’ tradition? What are the main conventions and non-binding instruments regulating search and rescue (SAR) at sea? How to identify competent SAR authorities and the port of disembarkation? What is the role of merchant ships in supporting SAR operations?
This IHL Talk will discuss the legal framework and the main critical questions related to SAR in the Mediterranean Sea, using concrete cases and examples to illustrate current issues and challenges.
Registrations for this event are closed. For those who cannot attend, we will publish the video of the event on this page.
The IHL Talks are a series of events, hosted by the Geneva Academy, on international humanitarian law and current humanitarian topics. Every two months, academic experts, practitioners, policymakers and journalists discuss burning humanitarian issues and their regulation under international law.
In this IHL Talk, panelists discussed the legal framework and the main critical questions related to search and rescue obligations in the Mediterranean Sea, using concrete cases and examples to illustrate current issues and challenges.