Following the conference in 2009, the Edges of Conflict project advisory group identified four concrete policy-relevant documents that it recommended be developed by engaging key conference participants in each area as part of the next phase of activities:
Statement of principles to enhance compliance of non-state armed groups with international humanitarian law;
Written submission and commentary on the Draft U.N. International Convention on the Regulation, Oversight and Monitoring of Private Military and Security Companies (dated July 2009) to the U.N. Office for High Commissioner for Human Rights, Working Group on Mercenaries;
Principles for the delivery of humanitarian assistance in modern armed conflicts, which involve a multiplicity of actors, to ensure maximum benefit to civilians; and,
International policy framework for preventing and mitigating the harmful effects of endemic urban violence.
The advisory group chose four researchers with expertise related to the proposed fields of research to independently develop policy recommendations on the basis of the projects’ findings to date, notably: the lead policy papers and the conference report.
Researchers in formulating the recommendations were given academic freedom and, as such, the policy recommendations in each paper do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the Canadian Red Cross or the Liu Institute for Global Issues.
The following four experts were asked to respectively develop the policy recommendations:
Prof. René Provost, Director, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
Prof. Benjamin Perrin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law and Faculty Fellow, Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC
Prof. Pablo Policzer, Dept. Political Science, University of Calgary
Prof. Don Hubert, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
Their findings will be presented in Ottawa on April 29, 2010 in front of an invited audience consisting of selected members of academia, key government officials and the Edges of Conflict Project’s key supporters.
To download a meeting agenda, please click here.
To download the policy papers, please click here [6MB].
The Canadian Red Cross and the Liu Institute for Global Issues are looking forward to continued collaboration on this project and wish to thank the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of National Defence for their support.