It is undeniable that the effectiveness of international humanitarian law (IHL) faces challenges from different quarters. To address these, humanitarian organizations have, in the main, pursued a direct engagement strategy with the parties to a conflict. Although this has remained the dominant strategy to date, in the last two decades the humanitarian sector has, on an ad hoc basis and without the benefit of a solid evidence base, engaged other societal actors identified as having the potential to influence parties to armed conflict, and among them religious leaders. This chapter addresses the role of these leaders in influencing compliance (or lack thereof) with IHL by States and non-State armed groups. In particular, two issues are explored: 1) what makes religious leaders influential among their constituencies?, and 2) how can they be useful actors to increase respect for IHL in armed conflict?
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Cismas & Heffes: Not the Usual Suspects: Religious Leaders as Influencers of International Humanitarian Law Compliance
Ioana Cismas (Univ. of York - Law) & Ezequiel Heffes (Geneva Call) have posted Not the Usual Suspects: Religious Leaders as Influencers of International Humanitarian Law Compliance (Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract: