Every Casualty and International Law: presentation to the ISMLLW

First published 19th Apr 2013

The Every Casualty team is dedicated to tracking developments in international law relating to casualty recording. On Friday February 15th, we presented on the topic of 'Casualty Recording: Legal Obligations and Current Practice', to the UK National Group of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War (ISMLLW).

Outreach to legal academics and international and military lawyers is a central part of our engagement with the legal concepts and frameworks that impact on the practice of casualty recording.

Bringing together law and practice is a constant challenge in conflict situations, and the existence of the International Practitioner Network (IPN) of casualty recording organisations is testament to the gap in the practice of states and non-state groups where individuals would, without the IPN, remain unidentified and unrecorded.

Presentation on 'Casualty Recording: Legal Obligations and Current Practice'

The UK National Group of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War (ISMLLW) invited Every Casualty to present at an afternoon session hosted in the London headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the British Red Cross on February 15th 2013. The ISMLLW is an organisation that seeks to bring together academics, military and government legal practitioners with an interest in all aspects of international law and armed conflicts.

Rachel Joyce, Every Casualty’s Consultant on international law, and Elizabeth Minor, Every Casualty’s Research Officer, presented on the topic of 'Casualty Recording: Legal Obligations and Current Practice':

The forum was an excellent opportunity for an afternoon of discussion and debate with a diverse range of legal experts and practitioners. The Every Casualty team were fortunate to present to this knowledgeable audience and benefited greatly from the lively conversation generated by the presentation.

The engagement of the Group was an indication of the contemporary importance of the issues raised and debate centred on the challenges faced by the military in collecting casualty data, the question of whether legal responsibility to record can be concluded, and the issue of engagement with non-state groups.

Working relationships have been formed with members of the ISMLLW and dialogues have begun with key individuals and institutions, in which the advocacy message of Every Casualty will continue to be discussed in a productive manner.