This project is in partnership with CEASEFIRE Centre for Civilian Rights.
Recent armed conflicts are increasingly characterised by devastating sieges. While siege warfare is as old as war itself, modern sieges are having profound impacts on the civilian population, including the widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure and starvation of the civilian population. The resurgence of siege warfare has placed sieges at the forefront of international concern and debate, with the question of whether sieges are compatible with the contemporary framework of international law the apex of this debate.
This project will examine some of the most complex and controversial issues surrounding modern sieges, and produce a much needed report for CEASFIRE on the legal framework governing sieges that will be used for international advocacy and as the foundation of discussion for an expert meeting on the challenges of modern siege warfare.