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Developing international guidelines for protecting schools and universities from military Use during armed conflict

Developing international guidelines for protecting schools and universities from military Use during armed conflict

Haines, Steven (2021) Developing international guidelines for protecting schools and universities from military Use during armed conflict. International Law Studies. ISSN 2375-2831

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Abstract

On the 19 November 2019, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine signed a Presidential Decree authorising his Government to sign the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD). Ukraine’s endorsement was formally confirmed by the Minister of Education in Kyiv the following day, the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Ukraine was the 100th State to register its support for the SSD; the day it chose to do so could not have been more appropriate. Just six months later, on 29 May 2020, in a Resolution proposed by Qatar, sponsored by almost fifty other States, and adopted by consensus, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared that 9 September would in future be designated the International Day for the Protection of Education from Attack. The first of these days was marked on the 9 September 2020 and the following day the UN Security Council convened an Open Debate about Attacks on Schools as a Grave Violation of Children’s Rights. These events are notable indicators of the significant influence the SSD has managed to garner in the relatively brief period since its launch at an all-States diplomatic conference hosted by Norway in Oslo in May 2015.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper will soon be posted on the website of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human Rights Law Commons, International Humanitarian Law Commons, Military, War, and Peace Commons
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
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Last Modified: 01 Mar 2021 22:48
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30447

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