International conference on the protection of civilians in armed conficts and Rafał Lemkin heritage

On October, 15-16, 2015 in Lviv had taken place an International conference “Civilians In Contemporary Armed Conflicts. Rafał Lemkin’s Heritage. After the International Conference “Eastern European Cataclysms and formation of the contemporary international law” (August, 26-29, 2015) this conference had become the second big international legal event held in Lviv this year.

While opening of the conference Prof. Amb. Markiyan Malskyi stressed the need of the implementation of world experience for the creation of the common approaches towards the decision of situation which currently takes a place in Ukraine. Head of the Lviv Regional Council Petro Kolodiy welcomed the participants and Lvov and also had noted that this conference is especially significant in a contemporary complicated times. In turn, Prof. Amb. Adam Rotfeld especialyy outlined the role of Rafał Lemkin and the meaning of his scientific heritage for the development of international law in XX century.

During the conference were discussed main challenges which today are faced by the international law in the sphere of the protection of civilians during the armed conflicts. Also, great attention was paid to Rafał Lemkin – an outstanding graduate of the Lviv University, one of the most outstanding lawyers of XX century and author of the term and conception of “genocide”.

Among the participants of the event became Prof. Amb. Adam Rotfeld – ex-Minister of Foreugn Affairs of Poland, Prof. Amb. Markiyan Malskyi – the Head of the International Relations Department of Lviv University, Philippe Sands – Professor of the University College of London, Edward Haliżak – Director of the International Relations Institute of the Warsaw University, Cornelius Ochmann – Head of the Foundation of the Polish-German Cooperation, Mykola Gnatovskyi – Head of the European Committee for Prevention of Torturesm prof. Oleksandr Zadorozhnyi – Head of the Ukrainian Association of International Law, Zhanna Lukyanenko – The Representative of the Ukrainian Ombudsperson, Ivan Horodyskyy – Director of the Rule of Law Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University, As.Prof. Volodymyr Lysyk – Head of the Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights. Also the participants were many other lawyers and international specialists from Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Israel, Armenia etc.

The participants agreed on the importance of the conduction of such conferences and need to conduct such the events in the future. Particularly, the next year is planned to conduct an International Conference devoted to the memory of the outstanding professor of Lviv University Ludwik Ehrlich.

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