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World Affairs Council program: International Humanitarian Law

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From: Ralph Kuiper <>
To: WAC Consolidate 3 <>
Sent: Sun, March 14, 2010 4:21:16 PM
Subject: World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter Event Announcement for Mar 17


The following is the program brief for the event on this coming Wednesday, March 17 with a panel of experts discussing “International Humanitarian Law: Applications in the Field.” We collaborate every year with the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross to present a program to educate and inform the public on this important international subject. The events are always informative, interesting and thought provoking. I hope you can attend.

Mark your calendars for the next event with a panel of International Journalists from the Knight Fellows Program at Stanford on April 14 at the same time and location.

Ralph Kuiper

Sponsored by the Peninsula Chapter World Affairs Council of Northern California, Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Los Altos Public Library

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

“International Humanitarian Law: Applications in the Field”

Expert panel and practitioners in International Humanitarian Law

International Humanitarian Law governs the Law of War and is codified in the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and in the three additional protocols added later. This year’s seminar focuses on applications in the field of International Humanitarian Law, or IHL. The panelists will provide a historical and legal background and will discuss how compliance is achieved, who implements and accomplishes its provisions, and how it is enforced. Their personal experiences provide the lens for viewing the issues and challenges at present and in the future.

Lori Shoemaker is a Post-Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford Medical School and has a long history in IHL and Disaster Relief with the Canadian Red Cross and worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Uganda, Yugoslavia, and Albania.

Monica Toole is currently a criminal defense trial attorney in the Bay Area and
worked as a Chambers Intern at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania as well as in Trial Chamber III on Munyeshyaka, Bucyibaruta, Kayishema(Fulgence), Zigiranyirazo, and Karemera cases.

Galit Raguan is currently a JSD candidate at Berkeley School of Law and was an attorney for the International Law Department of the Israel Defense Forces from 2007 to 2009 where she worked with foreign militaries and organizations to develop legal dialog related to laws of armed conflict.

Los Altos Youth Center
1 South San Antonio Rd., Los Altos

Refreshments: 7:00 pm, Free Admission
Program: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
For information: World Affairs Council, (415) 293-4600, <Web Link; or
Los Altos Public Library: (650) 948-7683,


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