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Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends,

I have the pleasure to inform you about our 14th Summer Course on International Humanitarian Law which will take place in Sanremo, Italy and in Geneva, Switzerland, 23 June-4 July 2014

* Improve your knowledge in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
* Meet High-Level Practitioners, Experts and Academics from all over the world
* Discover International Geneva by participating in private Conferences at the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
* Receive a Certificate in International Humanitarian Law from a well-known and
unique International Institution active since 1970 in Humanitarian Training and
* Practitioners, Academics and Experts in this field will work together during
this session to improve the Promotion and the Implementation of International
Humanitarian Law in today’s conflicts.
* The IIHL will welcome only 50 Participants, Motivated Professionals
(Diplomats, Military Officers, Humanitarians Representatives) and Graduate
Students to follow this two weeks of intensive courses run in English
* One week in the beautiful Villa Ormond in Sanremo
* One week in the IIHL Liaison Office next to the Palais des Nations in Geneva

COURSE FEE: 1.500 Euro

The registration fee only covers : Course materials – Reception drinks, Coffee
breaks, Lunches and Course Dinner – Shuttle from Nice Airport to San Remo, Italy
- Geneva Trip by bus
It does not include accommodation

Please be informed that no scholarships are available.

Click here for the PROGRAMME

Click here to REGISTER<>


As our Summer Course is entirely self-financed, we would therefore be very
grateful if you could help us promote its existence. All you need to do is to
forward the present message to any persons who might be interested in this

On behalf of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, I hope to have the
pleasure to meet you at our Course or to have the possibility to rely upon your
kind support for the promotion of this programme as largely as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Michel Veuthey
Director Summer Course
Vice-President International Institute of Humanitarian Law
Associate Professor, I.D.P.D., University of Nice


SANREMO – Italy C.F. 81004480083 – Tel. +39 0184 541848 – Fax +39 0184 541600 <>
GENEVA – Switzerland, Tel. +41 229197930 – Fax +41229197933


Dear Colleagues,

The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is delighted to announce that on
16th – 20th June 2014 in Sanremo we will once again be holding our highly  regarded specialised course in the Conduct of Peace Support Operations.



Given the increasing complexity of the legal regime applicable to Peace Support
Operations (PSO), the IIHL has designed a practically focused course addressing
the extent to which IHL and increasingly International Human Rights Law are
applicable to PSO. The aim of the course is to develop the participant’s
knowledge and understanding of the applicable law and practice in this area
through consideration of the following:

Module 1   The application and implementation of IHRL and IHL in PSO.
Module 2   Operational Aspects relating to UN Forces conducting PSO.
Module 3   The role of UN Troops and other agencies in protection / promotion of
IHL and IHRL in PSO.

Each module will involve case studies designed to test participant’s ability to
apply the relevant legal regime/s.  The modules will cover the following:
•              The relationship between IHRL and IHL throughout the continuum of
•              The UN Charter and the Responsibility to Protect
•              Legitimate Use of Force and Protection of Vulnerable Persons
•              Mandated and Implied Tasks in PSO,
•              Conduct of troops and Command Responsibility.
•              Investigation and accountability for HR Violations,

The teaching methodology used for this course comprises a combination of central
presentations, case studies and syndicate work using past and current examples
which focus on the application of the law and facts and focus on an outcome
based approach to the conduct of Peace Operations.

IIHL Teaching Staff and Facilitators are drawn from experienced senior military
legal officers, leading academics, practicing lawyers, and senior government
officials practising in the field of PSO together with experts from
international organisations and NGO’s. The wide range of national and cultural
experiences of the participants attending will also ensure a superior
understanding of the multinational challenges involved in this area of IHL.

The course is designed for military and police officers performing staff or
operational positions and who may be called upon to serve in Peace Support
Operations. However, the course would be equally beneficial to Government
officials and other persons who may be similarly deployed or those with a
professional interest in the subject.

The registration fee is €900 Euro. This should be remitted before the start of
the course, or on arrival in cash or Euro currency cheque. Credit cards are also
accepted. The registration fee covers:

- Transfers to/from Nice Airport
- Course materials
- Lunch and coffee breaks on working days
- Welcome Cocktail & Canapés
- Course Dinner
- Photograph, IHL Plaque and Diploma

The registration fee does not cover all other expenses incurred by the
participant such as hotel accommodation, laundry or telephone calls, or any
other incidentals. Accordingly, Participants bring with them sufficient funds to
pay for such expenses or have access to such funds in Sanremo via their bank.

Registrations and administrative questions should be directed to

Best regards,

Colonel James JOHNSTON
Director, IIHL Military Department


SANREMO – Italy C.F. 81004480083 – Tel. +39 0184 541848 – Fax +39 0184 541600 <>
GENEVA – Switzerland, Tel. +41 229197930 – Fax +41229197933
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The Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. presents the lecture

The current instability in Egypt is having its toll on its cultural heritage that is being lost
and desecrated. Different archaeological sites commissioned by antiquities dealers
are being vandalized. The local communities are also involved due to economic
hardship. Both objects
and archaeological records are being lost for good. This very
fast and speedy loss is the
worst Egypt has ever faced.

This event is co-sponsored with The Antiquities Coalition.

Monday, April 14, 2014 4 – 5pm

5th floor conference room


Monica Hanna Egyptologist, social media activist, and SAFE Beacon
Award Winner.

To RSVP, click here:



Culture Under Threat: The future of the 1954 Hague Convention

 May 15-21, 2014 at the American University of Rome (AUR). A joint meeting of the American University of Rome, Blue Shield, World Archaeological Congress, Newcastle University and Competence Center for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Property Protection at the University of Vienna.

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its 1st Protocol and also the 15th anniversary of its 2nd Protocol. Sadly, almost every part of the world has seen armed conflict since 1954 and cultural property has been damaged in all of these conflicts through collateral destruction, military insensitivities, and extensive looting.

This conference will review what actions are currently taken to mitigate the destruction of cultural property during conflict and address what might be done in the future to enhance its protection and to restrict and counter the trade in illicit antiquities that feeds off conflict. The conference will conclude with a discussion of a draft of the World Archaeological Congress’ Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

REGISTRATION: For more details and to register for this conference.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Abstracts of no more than 200 words for papers should be sent to  or  by Monday 14 April 2014. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by Monday 21 April.

Valerie Higgins,
Associate Professor and Program Director for Archaeology and Classics,
The American University of Rome,
Tel. ++39 06 5833 0919
Fax ++39 06 5833 0992


Society of American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting will be held in Austin, TX, from 23-27 Apr 14,at the Convention Center. See SAA website     for registration, transportation, hotel, and program information.

The weekend of 26-27 APR is  the Open House/American Heroes Weekend here at Camp Mabry. There will be static displays, booths, re-enactors, our museum is amazing, and Camp Mabry itself is a historic district for those wanting to visit. In addition, there will be a MARS tour offered through SAA on the Saturday of American Heroes at Camp Mabry that includes bus ride over and boxed lunch. For those saving money, other transportation can be arranged to get you over to event.  And a room has been reserved for a DoD “informal meet and greet” at the convention. Check SAA program for details. For more information on the weekend events at Camp Mabry, contact Maj Philip Kost, TXARNG, G5, Strategic Plans Branch Chief. Desk: 512-782-6943; cell: 512-844-0971; E-Mail:; Alt E-Mail:


The 2014 Culture in Conflict Symposium will take place at the Defence Academy of the UK, Shrivenham. The title this year is ‘Cultural Lessons:  Will we know what we know when we need it?’  This reflects the sad fact that ‘lessons learned’ so easily become ‘lessons lost’ over time.  How can we ensure that all those lessons about the interactions between operations, culture do not wither away over the next few years?

‘Culture’, of course, includes Cultural Heritage and it would be really good to see CHAMP members at the symposium as speakers and delegates.

Deadline for abstracts of up to 300 words will be 15 April.  The programme will allow 30 minutes per speaker – 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes questions.

Go to conference website to register and see details.

Dr Charles Kirke
Senior Lecturer, Military Anthropology and Human Factors,
Cranfield University Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
Shrivenham, Swindon,

+44 (0) 1793 785381


Dear Colleagues,

 We are delighted to announce details of our programme of activities for all the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IHL) courses we have programmed for 2014. You will find below brief details of each of these courses and activities though more information is also available on our website.   POC:  Ms Maria Jonsson –

With regard to our website, we are at present conducting an upgrade in order to make it a more effective and enjoyable experience. This is currently a work in progress but in due course, each course or activity will be detailed on the annual calendar on our home page from which it will be possible to navigate directly to the specific web page relating to the particular course or activity.  On this dedicated page you will be able to view the course/activity programme, details of our instructing staff, and administrative Information as well as being able to access pre-course materials.

We very much hope our 2014 courses are of interest to you and that we will be able to welcome you and / or your colleagues to enjoy the unique “Spirit of Sanremo” with us at some stage in the forthcoming year.


- 24th – 28th March 2014: 13TH COMPETITION FOR MILITARY ACADEMIES (English) [Sanremo]
- 1st – 3rd April 2014: DETAINEE ISSUES WORKSHOP (English) [Sanremo]
- 6th – 9th May 2014: TARGETING: TERRESTRIAL, CYBER & SPACE  (English) [Sanremo]
- 12th -23rd May 2014:  153RD MILITARY COURSE ON THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT (English / Arabic) [Sanremo]
- 12th -23rd May 2014: 154ÈME COURS INTERNATIONAL MILITAIRE SUR LE DROIT DES CONFLITS ARMÉS (French) [Salon De Provence, France]
-27th – 29th May 2104: AFRICA ACCOUNTABILITY COLLOQUIUM (English) [Sanremo]
- 3rd – 5th June 2014: NON INTERNATIONAL ARMED CONFLICT WORKSHOP (English) [Sanremo]
- 16th – 20th June 2104: 10TH CONDUCT OF PEACE OPERATIONS COURSE (English) [Sanremo]
- 4th- 8th August 2014: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT COURSE (English) [Sydney, Australia]
- 8th- 12th September 2014: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT COURSE (English) [Sanremo]
- 8th – 19th September 2014: 155° CURSO SOBRE EL DERECHO DE LOS CONFLICTOS ARMADOS (Spanish/ Portuguese) [Sanremo]
- 22nd – 30th September 2014: 25° CURSO AVANZDO (Spanish) [Sanremo]
- 6th – 10th October 2014: 26TH ADVANCED IHL COURSE (English) [Sanremo]
- 6th – 10th October 2014: 27ÈME COURS AVANCÉ (French) [Sanremo]
- 27th – 31st October 2014: NAVAL OPERATIONS AND THE LAW COURSE (English) [Sanremo]
- 3rd – 14th November 2014: 156TH MILITARY COURSE ON THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT (English / Chinese / Russian) [Sanremo]
- 1st – 5th December 2014: DIRECTORS OF COURSES AND TRAINING IN IHL/LOAC (English/ French) [Sanremo]


Exhibit of Iraq Jewish Material at US National Archives Now Open

According to a very recent report, the exhibit of Iraq Jewish material rescued from decay and disintegration by the United States and originally scheduled to open earlier this month will, it is reported, open today at the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives.  See links below for background. Best call before you go to be sure the exhibit is indeed open. 202-357-5450.


From: “Salima Ikram”


The American University in Cairo Press is pleased to announce a new series to be entitled The AUC History of Ancient Egypt, intended to build incrementally into a comprehensive set of works covering the period from prehistory to the fourth century AD. However, there is no intention to predetermine the volumes be published, but rather to provide an umbrella for a series of authoritative, fully documented, but accessible, treatments of discrete periods of ancient Egyptian history or cross-period historical themes, conforming to a uniform design, yet fully viable as stand-alone volumes.

The target audience embraces scholars, students and informed amateurs. Thus the volumes will not only meet normal academic standards of scholarship, but also will be readable and illustrated as necessary for broader intelligibility. Total length, including notes, captions, and bibliography, is envisaged as ranging from 60,000 to 95,000 words.

We are currently gathering projects for the first wave of volumes, probably to appear from 2016 (with first manuscripts delivered in 2015). If you are interested in publishing something in the series, please get in touch with the General Editors as below.

Aidan Dodson University of Bristol (UK) –

Salima Ikram  American University in Cairo (Egypt) –

General Editors of the AUC History of Ancient Egypt


The Oriental Institute Lecture Series are a unique opportunity to learn about the ancient Near East from world renowned scholars. Join us each first Wednesday* of the month from September – February & April – May at the Oriental Institute auditorium, Breasted Hall. Lectures start at 7:00 pm with a reception to follow in the museum. Lectures are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Oriental Institute Members. Please register at

Calendar of 2013-14 Lectures. All lectures start at 7:00 pm at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Date / Lecturer / Title

February 5 / Richard Payne / The Rise of Christianity in Iran

April 2 / Elspeth Dusinberre / Empire and Identity in Achaemenid Persia Anatolia

May 7 / Gregory Marouard / New discoveries at Wadi el-Jarf: The harbor of King Khufu on the Egyptian Red Sea Coast

Amy Weber
Membership Program Manager
The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
T 773.834.9777
F 773.702.9853

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives Opens for Research a Collection related to Egyptology

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives announces the availability for research of the Irvine McManus records related to “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibition: records from the Exhibition Coordinator of the first “blockbuster” exhibition at the Museum of spectacular items from the boy king’s tomb, on loan from the Cairo Museum in Egypt, which also toured six other American museums from 1977 to 1979. Finding aid link:

This is one of 15 collections of Museum records being arranged, described, and cataloged over 27 months with generous funding from the Leon Levy Foundation. Other collections to be processed include records of past Museum directors and senior staff who were intimately involved in the formation, growth, and leadership of the Museum. They include the Museum’s first salaried director, Luigi Palma di Cesnola; the Museum’s fifth director and proponent of educational programming and public outreach, Francis Henry Taylor; the Museum’s sixth director and head of the U.S. Army’s Museums and Fine Arts and Archives section during World War II, James Rorimer; and Thomas Hoving, best known as the driving force behind the Museum’s “blockbuster” exhibitions during his tenure as director from 1966-1977.

For information about access to the physical materials at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives, contact archives@metmuseum or visit our website at

About the Leon Levy Foundation: The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, an investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation’s overarching goal is to support scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.


CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and University of Hawaii welcome you to the Second Asia-Pacific regional conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage.  12-16 May 2014 in Honolulu, Hawai.

The 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (UNESCO Convention 2001) entered into force on 2 January 2009 and now provides a basis for international cooperation and exchange of knowledge about underwater cultural heritage. Recent decades have witnessed an expansion of activity directed at underwater cultural heritage which has raised awareness of its potential and significance. Underwater cultural heritage is complex, combining related disciplines and issues critical to our time.  Consideration of indigenous cultural values, heritage tourism, biological interactions, socio-economic benefits, and threats from increased development, industrial extraction, certain diving activities, and even sea-level rise and erosion, continue to shape our understanding of this field. Our reliance on marine resources and need for ocean stewardship encourages government agencies, heritage groups, coastal zone managers, diving groups and other ocean users to f  ormulate a better approach to investigating and managing non-renewable underwater cultural heritage. This conference provides an opportunity to discuss the nature and meaning and potential of underwater cultural heritage, and to exchange and disseminate information about heritage and underwater/maritime archaeology projects from the countries of Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

This Conference is sponsored by – National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, UNESCO Office for the Pacific States, Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology. Potential sponsors include: Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management, Australian National Commission for UNESCO, the Australian Federal government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Korean National Research Institute of Maritime Cultural Heritage, and more.  See .

This Conference is supported by numerous supporting organizations including IGOs, NGOs, government agencies, museums and universities.  See

Conference Aims:

•       address management and protection strategies of underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the 21st Century

•       facilitate regional cooperation through the development of academic and governmental networks  in the Asia-Pacific region

•       provide a forum for discussion of technical and ethical issues related to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology

For further information please visit the APCONF Conference website.

Brian Fahy
Publicity Lead- Second Asia-Pacific regional conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage Honululu, Hawaii May 12th-16th, 2014
D.Phil Candidate
University of Oxford
Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology


We are proud to announce The Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project Center.

Unlike our other exhibits, project journals, and “in the field” pages that feature one specific project, a “Project Center” acts as a clearing house of sorts and hosts information on numerous sites and includes articles, photos, interactive images, maps, links, reports, and references surrounding a main topic.

Dr. Mark Staniforth and a team of researchers, who have been working in Vietnam for the past few years, created the project center to increase awareness at local, provincial, national and international levels about the extent and nature of Vietnam’s underwater and maritime cultural heritage. The site will present material about a range of maritime archaeology projects as well as maritime and underwater cultural heritage investigations that are being conducted in Vietnam today.

Please visit the Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project Center and explore Vietnam’s fascinating maritime history including 10th century battles against Kublai Khan, traditional boat building, shipwrecks, NAS training efforts and more. You can explore the site here:

T. Kurt Knoerl Ph.D.


Michael Hallett is the new editor of “Liaison,” the journal of the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance at PACOM. Advances in caring for cultural property in disaster situations would make for an informative article.

COE  Announces Call for Papers: The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance invites submissions to the next issue of Liaison, a journal focusing on current and emerging issues and trends in disaster management and humanitarian assistance.

We invite submissions, from contributors of all backgrounds, focused on enhancements to disaster management capabilities, including prevention, resiliency and response. Submissions made by local actors in the Asian-Pacific region are especially welcome. The journal aims to promote increased understanding among disaster management practitioners and policy makers.

Please direct questions to the Editor



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