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The 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 2017 of the Colloquium will focus on the 40th anniversary of the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions. It will include discussions on the identification of the main legal issues pertaining to the protection of the delivery of healthcare and the legal challenges arising in ensuring humanitarian access and assistance. The relationship between the Additional Protocols and International Human Rights Law, as well as the notion of military objective will also be discussed. Furthermore, two panels will respectively address Accountability for serious violations of International Humanitarian Law, and the articulation between the rules pertaining to the Conduct of hostilities and the notion of self-defence. 

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


previous editions


Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and International Humanitarian Law

20-21 october 2016
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Detention in Armed conflict

16-17 october 2014
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meet our team

Maureen Welsh

Project and Communications Assistant

College of Europe

Mounia El Ouaàr

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