October 31, 2013
“Acknowledge, Amend, Assist:
Addressing Civilian Harm Caused by Armed Conflict and Armed Violence”
12:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Milstein West B
Harvard Law School
The moral imperative to help civilian victims of armed conflict and armed violence has generated widespread international action. While sharing a common goal, the various approaches currently employed sometimes conflict with each other. At this international symposium, representatives of civil society, governments, militaries, and universities examined similarities and differences among humanitarian responses. Panelists sought to identify gaps in assistance and areas for future collaboration. Read coverage of the symposium on the Harvard Law School website.
The symposium schedule was as follows:
12:00 p.m. Keynote Address and Lunch
Keynote address by Kenneth Rutherford, Co-Founder of Landmine Survivors Network and Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at James Madison University, with introductory remarks from Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Professor of Law and Dean of Harvard Law School
1:15 p.m. Legal Frameworks and Context
Moderator: Bonnie Docherty, Lecturer on Law, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School
3:00 p.m. Principles and Practice
− Robert Ayasse, Afghanistan Operations Team, NATO HQ
− Megan Burke, International Victim Assistance Specialist, International Campaign to Ban Landmines- Cluster Munition Coalition
Moderator: Iain Overton, Director of Policy and Investigations, Action on Armed Violence