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Bruges Colloquium

Since its creation in 2000, the Bruges Colloquium on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) has been jointly organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the College of Europe.

The Bruges Colloquium gathers yearly about hundred participants such as civil servants from the European Union and from NATO, diplomatic and military representatives of the Member States of these organisations and their Partner States, as well as representatives from academic circles and civil society.  Its success has shown that the Bruges Colloquium is a key event for all experts in the law of armed conflicts eager to extend or reinforce their knowledge in the field.

Edition 2016 of the Colloquium, entitled “Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and International Humanitarian Law”, has been held on the 20th and 21st October 2016 in Bruges. This 17th edition, included discussions on the identification of the main legal issues pertaining to terrorism and the fight against terrorism. Special attention has been granted to the legal challenges arising in the use of force by counter-terrorism legislation as well as in detention of suspected or convicted terrorists. A session on the risk of criminalisation of humanitarian action by counter-terrorism legislation has also been on the agenda. Additionally, two panels have respectively address the question of States’ responses to foreign fighters, and the question of the challenges in preventing and countering violent extremism.

Please note that each year the discussions are held in English and French, simultaneous translation is available in both languages.


previous editions



Detention in Armed conflict

16-17 october 2014
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Vulnerabilities in Armed Conflicts: Selected Issues.

17-18 october 2013
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meet our team

Alissa Albrechts

Project Assistant, Development Office

College of Europe

Guillaume Muller

Junior Legal Assistant

ICRC Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium

Stéphane Kolanowski

Senior legal adviser

ICRC Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium