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The Live Seminar examined the legal instruments and policy tools available to protect the environment in situations of armed conflict. Against the backdrop of the release of a United Nations Environment Programme report, this Seminar addressed the following questions:
* How are notions such as “widespread,” “long-term,” and “severe” damage to the environment defined in international humanitarian law and international criminal law?
* Which mechanisms could best monitor legal infringements pertaining to, and address claims for, environmental damage sustained during armed conflict?
* In what ways, if any, do international and domestic environmental law interact with international humanitarian law during armed conflict?
These questions were examined by looking at the level and types of legal protection afforded to the environment in both international and non-international armed conflicts.
Naz Modirzadeh (Associate Director at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research) hosted the discussion.
Dr. Karen Hulme, University of Essex, School of Law
Professor Eric Jensen, Fordham University School of Law
Tara Smith, Irish Center for Human Rights