Safe Zones: An International Lawyer's Perspective

The Institute of International Relations organized a lecture on the topic of Safe Zones and International Law. The presentation was held on December 17th at 4:30 p.m.


Datum: 17.12.2019
Čas: 16:30
Místo: Institute of International Relations, Nerudova 3, Praha 1
Organizuje: Bríd Ní Ghráinne

Report from the lecture is available here.

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 aimed to set out the international legal framework surrounding the use of safe zones in armed conflict. It identified 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 was given by Bríd Ní Ghráinne, senior researcher of the Centre for International Law.