Workshop Report: Exploring a legal framework for Toxic Remnants of War.

Workshop Report: Exploring a legal framework for Toxic Remnants of War.

In June 2012 the TRW project held a legal workshop at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. This post introduces a summary report on the workshop and provides links to some of the presentations made.

The congregation of experts in international, humanitarian and environmental law aimed to examine the current legal protection for the environment from the chronic effects of war and conflict and to explore the phrasing of a legal approach on TRW. Such an approach seeks to consider the use, health impact and environmental behaviour of a range of substances, including heavy metals, chemical obscurants, explosives and propellants, fuels and other conflict residues.

The full workshop report can be found here. Presentations from the workshop and some accompanying complementary texts can be found below within the relevant sessions. A full list of workshop attendees and their affiliation is provided below the timetable.

Session I – Introduction
Prof. Manfred Mohr TRW Legal Project, Berlin – Welcome and opening.
Prof. Michael Bothe Emeritus, Goethe University, Frankfurt a. Main – Protection of the environment in and after armed conflict: overview and trends.
Doug Weir TRW Project, Manchester –  Introducing the TRW Project.
Chair: Robin Borrmann International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA)

Session II – Framework and general standards
Mohamed Ghalaieny TRW Project, Manchester – Defining toxic remnants of war: sources, properties and examples.
Dr. Robert Heinsch
 University of Leiden – Toxic remnants of war and the prohibition to cause excessive collateral damage to the environment.
Dr. Karen Hulme Essex University – IHL standards for toxic remnants of war? (click here for complementary text)
Chair:  Dr. Gerhard Ahlbrecht, European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL)

Session III – Scenarios and perspectives
Dr. Wybe Douma
 T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague – The Precautionary Principle’s relevance to toxic remnants of war.
Lisa Goldman
 Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC – Natural resources, toxic remnants of war and post-conflict peace building.
Prof. Manfred Mohr
 TRW Legal Project – A legal definition and the regulation of toxic remnants of war.
Chair: Dr. Heike Spieker German Red Cross (Berlin)

Session IV – Concluding Panel: TRW as a legal and political concept
Prof. Michael Bothe

Dr. Karen Hulme
Lisa Goldman

Prof. Manfred Mohr
Chair: Arjen Vermeer Netherlands Red Cross, (The Hague)




Prof. Manfred Mohr

TRW Project, Berlin

Katharina Rieniets

TRW Project, Berlin

Alexander Stöcker

TRW Project, Berlin

Prof. Michael Bothe

Goethe University, Frankfurt/M

Doug Weir

TRW Project, Manchester

Robin Borrmann

IALANA, Berlin

Mohamed Ghalaieny

TRW Project, Manchester

Dr. Karen Hulme

Essex University, Colchester

Dr. Robert Heinsch

University of Leiden

Dr. Gerhardt Ahlbrecht

EUROMIL, Brussels

Dr. Wybe Douma

T.M.C. Asser Institute, Den Haag

Lisa Goldman

Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC

Dr. Heike Spieker

German Red Cross, Berlin

Arjen Vermeer

Netherlands Red Cross, Den Haag

Dr. Angelika Claussen

IPPNW Germany, Berlin

Vera Bohle

Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, Geneva

Dr. Stefanie Haumer

German Red Cross, Berlin

Martin Reusch

Australian Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons (ACBUW)

Andrea Fischer

MoD Germany, Berlin

Donna Mulhearn

Australian Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons (ACBUW)

Gudrun Schattschneider

German Military Union, Berlin

Lars Johst

MoD Germany, Berlin

Arne Reißmann

University Hamburg

Sophie Hasenkamp

MFA Germany, Berlin

Anne Dienelt

University Göttingen

Rachel Thompson

CADU, Manchester

Mark Simon O’Connor

Red Cross Norway, Oslo

Dr. Robert Frau

European University Viadrina

Bjorn Christian Rydmark

Norwegian Embassy, Berlin

Wim Zwijnenburg

IKV Pax Christi

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