Addressing the Phenomenon of "Foreign fighters

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law is proud to present:

Professor Andrew Clapham

Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

a Holding Redlich Distinguished Visiting Fellow

"Addressing the Phenomenon of "Foreign fighters""

Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Held at Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne


Andrew Clapham answers a few questions about addressing the phenomenon of foreigh fighters in this short 5 minute Q&A


The lecture will focus on the phenomenon of "foreign fighters", in light of the security measures being taken across the world against nationals fighting in foreign wars, particularly in Syria and Iraq. What are the international law and policy issues related to withdrawal of citizenship for those representing  a security risk to Western countries, and other constraints on "foreign fighting"? This issue has become sadly more relevant after the revelation of the prior activities of the perpetrators of the recent terrorist attacks in France. Broader questions of "foreign fighting" will also be addressed, as the  label can be applied in different ways. For example, issues arise regarding the prosecution of foreigners detained in Guantanamo, as well as abuses by private security companies.


Andrew Clapham is Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He was the first Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (June 2006 - July 2014). He teaches international human rights law  and public international law. Prior to coming to the Institute in 1997, he was the Representative of Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York. Andrew Clapham has worked as Special Adviser on Corporate Responsibility to High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Adviser on International  Humanitarian Law to Sergio Vieira de Mello, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq.

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