The International Committee of the Red Cross : a unique actor in the field of international humanitarian law creation and progressive development
Robin Geiss and Andreas Zimmermann
Humanizing the laws of war : the Red Cross and the development of international humanitarian law
Cambridge [etc.] : Cambridge University Press, 2017
This concluding chapter considers, first of all, the ICRC's historic development from a philanthropic private association into a influential stakeholder in the field of international humanitarian law. It then considers the organization's versatile modus operandi, namely its multifaceted working methods including the various channels and "entry points" through which it seeks to influence relevant stakeholders and the different approaches, strategies, and methods of interaction the ICRC has adopted at different times with regards to different projects. In doing so, this chapter is also trying to give due regard to the various indirect and informal ways in which the ICRC attempts to exert its influence on international law development processes. Then, this contribution present three explanatory strands for the ICRC's "special role" and long-standing influence on the development of IHL. Finally, it considers the challenges to the ICRC's role in humanitarian norm creation and provides an outlook on how this role is likely to develop in the future.