Public lecture: Protection of the Environment in Armed Conflict

We invite you to a presentation on Protection of the Environment in Armed Conflict by Katja Schöberl

Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2018; 1:30 p.m.

Venue: Center for Development Research (ZEF), Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn in the right conference room (ground floor)

Abstract: International humanitarian law (also known as „the laws of armed conflict“) aims to protect the civilian population during armed conflict and to ensure its survival. It therefore also seeks to protect the natural environment which without human life is impossible. In this talk, an overview of the rules governing the protection of the environment in armed conflict is given using different real-life examples. More specifically, an analysis is provided how the environment is protected during the conduct of hostilities, how it is safeguarded against being used as a weapon through deliberate modification, and how states and individuals can be held accountable for violations, including for the perpetration of war crimes against the natural environment.

Katja Schöberl, LL.M. is a Legal Advisor for the German Red Cross (DRK) in Berlin since 2012. She previously worked for the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (ADH, Geneva), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC, Geneva) and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV, Bochum).