Preventing breaches of IHL through dissemination : the role of national societies
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University of Western Australia law review, Vol. 39, issue 1, June 2015, p. 68-82
This paper discusses dissemination: spreading the word about the rules of IHL, making sure that people are simply – in the first instance – aware of these rules. It explores where the legal obligation to disseminate IHL comes from and how National Societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the Movement) have been tasked by States to assist in that dissemination duty. The author also illustrates, using examples of activities undertaken by her colleagues, how Australian Red Cross seeks to assist in fulfilling this obligation; and finally an introduction to a collaborative dissemination project, in which the author is involved, currently being undertaken by National Societies in the Pacific region.