Applying the principle of distinction to cyber space
Some legal implications for civilians using digital tools in armed conflict
May 30, 2023 — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) and the Canadian Red Cross are pleased to partner in presenting this online event:
Applying the principle of distinction to cyber space: Some legal implications for civilians using digital tools in armed conflict
This presentation will describe the phenomenon the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is witnessing of civilians increasingly using digital tools in relation to situations of armed conflict. It will explore how the principle of distinction applies to such situations, covering legal issues such as when IHL affords its protection against attack, and under what exceptional circumstances that protection might be lost.
Join us for this interesting discussion with our guest speaker Jonathan Horowitz Legal Advisor and interim Deputy to the Head of the Legal Department at the ICRC’s Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada, based in Washington, D.C., which will be moderated by Sophie Rondeau, LL.D., Director and Legal Advisor, IHL Team, at the Canadian Red Cross.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Jonathan Horowitz is a Legal Advisor and interim Deputy to the Head of the Legal Department at the ICRC’s Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada, based in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on legal issues pertaining to new and emerging technologies in armed conflict, urban warfare, and partnered operations. Jonathan received his LLM from the University of Essex (UK) and has published widely on international humanitarian law and human rights law.
Canadian Red Cross
Sophie Rondeau is currently Director and Legal Advisor at the Canadian Red Cross, in the International Humanitarian Law team. She graduated from Université de Montreal's Law Faculty, holds a Masters' degree in International Law from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), a Doctorate in Law from Université de Genève and Université Laval (granted SSHRC and FRQSC scholarships), and is a member of the Quebec Bar. She currently lives on the island of Tiohtiá:ke\Montreal with her husband and 2 sons.
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