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LUXEMBOURG, 21-22 October 2022

 
Organized by the Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflict and the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights at the University of Luxembourg, in collaboration with L.A.W. International and the Institute of Political Studies “S. Pio V”, under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Luxembourg. The two-day Conference will have a hybrid format and will see the participation of representatives of national and international Institutions, regional and international organizations, civil society and the academic community.
(University of Luxembourg & virtually)
Programme: 

FIRST DAY

Monday, 21 November 2022

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CET

Cercle Cité

Place d'Armes, Luxembourg City

 

Welcome addresses

 

(Moderator: Diego Brasioli, Ambassador of Italy to Luxembourg)

  • Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg

  • Laura Guercio, Professor at the University of Perugia, Coordinator of the Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflict

 

Special Guest Speaker

  • HRH the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children

 

Keynote Speakers

  • Anne Goedert, Ambassador-at-large for Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg

  • Pasquale Ferrara, Director General for Political Affairs and Security, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

  • Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

  • Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights

  • Karim A. A. Khan KC, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

 

 

Closing remarks

  • Robert Harmsen, Head of Social Sciences Department/ UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, University of Luxembourg

  • Giovanna Gnerre Landini and Simona Lanzellotto, Organizing Committee of the Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflict

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"CHILDREN IN ARMED CONFLICT: HOW CAN THEY BE PROTECTED IN A MULTILEVEL INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORK"

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SECOND DAY*

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CET

University of Luxembourg

Belval Campus, Maison des Sciences Humaines (Black Box)

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

 

* For the participation in the second day of the conference (22 November) registration is not required.
 It is possible to follow the conference virtually by accessing this LINK

 

 

MORNING SESSION   9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CET

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.           

Registration and welcome coffee

  • 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.           

Introduction to the Conference

Robert Harmsen, Head of Social Sciences Department/ UNESCO Chair in Human Rights at the University of Luxembourg

Laura Guercio, Professor at the University of Perugia, Coordinator of the Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflict

  • 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.        

PANEL 1

Children's right to education and armed conflict: current international commitments and challenges

 

Tom Reisen, Deputy Director of Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg

Nevena Saykova, Advocacy and Policy Advisor, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA)

John Packer, Professor and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa (Canada)

Hokbi Tiunn, Lawyer and Candidate for the Ph.D. in Law at the University of Ottawa (Canada)

Harold Assou-Dodji, Sophia de Berardinis, Geri Goga, Samanda Kortoçi, Like-Minded CAAC Working Group - UNETCHAC

Maryse Arendt, President UNICEF Luxembourg

Annamaria Rufino, Professor at the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (Italy)

 

Break (15 minutes)

  • 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.       

Award ceremony of the participants to the Advanced Training Course “International Criminal Jurisdiction and Children in Armed Conflict”

Award dedicated to Ms. Francesca Tardioli, Italian diplomat, former Italian Ambassador to Australia

 

Georg Mein, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. University of Luxembourg

 

Keynote speech:

Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

  • 11:45 a.m. –1:00 p.m.      

PANEL 2

The protection of children in armed conflict: monitoring and reporting on grave violations and accountability framework

Fausto Pocar, Professor Emeritus at the University of Milan (Italy)/ former Judge at ICTY, ICTR, and ad hoc Judge at ICTY

​Paolina Massidda, Principal Counsel, Independent Office of Public Counsel for Victims (OPCV), International Criminal Court (ICC)

Idriss Kitulo, Lawyer at the Court of Appeal of South Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Jan Marie Fritz, Professor at the University of Cincinnati (USA)/University of Johannesburg (South Africa)

Dato’ Shyamala Alagendra, International Criminal Lawyer (Malaysia)/International Criminal Court Bar Association

Stefano Dominelli, Professor at the University of Genoa (Italy)

 

 

LUNCH AND NETWORKING 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CET

 

AFTERNOON SESSION  2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CET

 

  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SPECIAL ROUND TABLE

The role of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in reporting on violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, war crimes and crimes against humanity in ongoing armed conflicts, with specific focus on Ukraine

​Moderator:

Stefano Baldi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Italy to the OSCE

Welcome addresses

Matteo Mecacci, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)

Konrad Kiedrzyński, Deputy Director, Department of United Nations and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (OSCE Chairmanship 2022)

Presentation of the First and Second Reports of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism Mission on Ukraine

Laura Guercio, Professor at the University of Perugia (Italy)

Vasilka Sancin, Professor at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Wolfgang Benedek, Professor at the University of Graz (Austria)

Mariia Sulialina, Centre for Civic Education “Almenda”

Paolo De Nardis, Professor at Sapienza University of Rome/ President of the Institute of Political Studies “S. Pio V” (Italy)

​Stefano Baldi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Italy to the OSCE

 

Break (15 minutes)

 

  • 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

PANEL 3

Children affected by armed conflict, forced displacement and asylum: the new current challenges

Giovanna Gnerre Landini, PhD, Researcher in International Human Rights Law (Italy)

​Massimo Marelli, Head of the Data Protection Office at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Ahmed Aubais Neima Al-Fatlawi, Professor at the University of Kufa (Iraq)/ Member of Scientific Committee in the National Committee of IHL (Iraq)

Silvia Scarpa, Professor at John Cabot University (Italy)

Riyad Al-Saudi, Vitoria Rosso, Liliann Saudii, Like-Minded CAAC Working Group - UNETCHAC

Settimio Stallone, Professor at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy)

Matthew Happold, Professor at the University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.                      

Concluding Remarks Outcomes and future perspectives: what’s next?

Fausto Pocar, Coordination Committee of the Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflict

Paolo De Nardis, Professor at Sapienza University of Rome/ President of the Institute of Political Studies “S. Pio V” (Italy)