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Conference Announcement:

Exploring Artillery Shelling Attacks as International Crimes

IILAT, in association with the Grotius Centre and supported by the British Embassy in The Hague, is pleased to announce a conference entitled “Artillery Targeting in the Context of International Crimes”.

On 14 October 2023, General Sir J.F. (Jack) Deverell KCB OBE DL FRSA and renowned experts will explore the legal and practical aspects of investigating and prosecuting artillery shelling attacks as international crimes.


Prompted by the evolving nature of armed conflict, advancements in weaponry, and recent events, this conference will provide a platform for legal professionals, investigators, military personnel, diplomats, and scholars to engage in detailed discussions on the application of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the complexities and challenges associated with artillery shelling.


Key Conference Objectives:

  • Analyse the legality of artillery shelling and targeting in areas with civilians and civilian objects under international law.

  • Examine the role of IHL principles and the ICTY jurisprudence in shaping the understanding of shelling attacks as international crimes.

  • Explore the gathering and presentation of evidence related to artillery shelling attacks.

  • Foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among legal experts, investigators, lawyers, and military personnel.

  • Explore practical elements of investigation and trial procedures including the complexities inherent in handling evidence and addressing the unique challenges posed by the proximity of legitimate military targets to civilians and civilian objects.


Registration for this event is now open! 

Please note: The event will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands. Registrants must be able to attend in person. The deadline for registration is 7 October 2023. Confirmation and further details will be sent to successful registrants.​

We look forward to your participation in this significant event as we collectively strive to deepen our understanding of artillery shelling attacks within the realm of international law.

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