Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead, the inaugural conference of the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative, will bring together international experts in humanitarian disarmament, a movement that strives to end civilian suffering caused by inhumane and indiscriminate weapons.
Drawing on first-hand experience in creating international law, conference participants will address how the movement has developed over the past two decades and where it should go from here. The conference will include two public events. A keynote conversation on March 5 will feature leaders of civil society disarmament campaigns that won the Nobel Peace Prize for banning landmines and nuclear weapons. On March 6, directors of other campaigns will discuss efforts to curb the urban use of certain explosive weapons, reduce the environmental impacts of armed conflict, preempt new technology that could autonomously make life-and-death decisions, and control the unlawful trade in arms.
The conference is co-organized by Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC), the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), and Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Funding was provided by the Harvard Provost Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration, IHRC, HHI, PAX, and an anonymous donation in honor of Carl S. Thorne-Thomsen, Harvard Class of 1968.