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We regret to inform you that the conference “Artillery Shelling and Targeting in the context of International Cimes”, scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 14 October 2023, is cancelled and will be postponed to a later date. 

Earlier this afternoon, IILAT was informed that a heightened security risk necessitated Leiden University to close the venue of the conference: The Wijnhaven building of The Hague Campus.

IILAT has explored various alternative options but has determined that it has no choice but to postpone the conference to a later date. 

We regret this turn of events beyond our control and we thank you for your understanding. 

We will keep you informed about the new date for the conference. 


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”.

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.

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.

If you have any questions, email us at

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