ICRC and RSIL launch the Diplomacy, Law, and Policy Forum
Islamabad, At the 72nd anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Research Society of International Law (RSIL) jointly launched the Diplomacy, Law, and Policy (DLP) Forum – a first-of-its-kind online platform in Pakistan created with an aim to shape debate and dialogue on issues central to international humanitarian law, diplomacy, and policy.
There exists a big gap within Pakistan’s academic, political, and legal circles to advance the discourse on international law, policy, and diplomacy forward. Within this context, the DLP Forum will establish convergences, highlight best practices, and create contextualized learning trajectories through a wide range of content including articles, videos, and podcasts. It will also address some of the key questions facing the world today in the complementary and interdependent fields of law, policy, and diplomacy.
A first such local endeavor in Pakistan, the platform is purely academic in nature and will help local practitioners contribute towards the developments and confluence of international law with modern contemporary issues of international relations.
“The prospect of a web space that houses pertinent debate on topical themes of international law and policy will ensure a spike in the learning trajectory in Pakistan. Local voices on international law and policy now have a space which is unequivocally theirs,” says Durkhanay Ijaz, legal adviser at the ICRC.
Each month, the platform will invite contributions from students, policymakers, academics, practitioners, and subject experts on a different theme. Some of the diverse topics the platform will cover include international humanitarian law, means, and methods of warfare, customary international law and best practices of states, urbanization, climate and conflict, humanitarian diplomacy, and modern contemporary issues such as technology and warfare.
“The launch of the DLP Forum could not have come at a better time. The law and policy aspects surrounding international humanitarian law, especially in contemporary South Asia, require urgent attention,” says Jamal Aziz, Executive Director at RSIL. “We hope that this forum will encourage indigenous scholarly engagement on the topic, highlight the unique challenges facing Pakistan and South Asia, and improve domestic and external policy responses on related issues.”
As the guardian and promoter of international humanitarian law (IHL), the ICRC plays an important role in the development of IHL by creating an understanding of the law, supporting its implementation at the domestic level, and monitoring respect for it by engaging with all relevant stakeholders.