The 2001 Round Table on current issues of international humanitarian law, held in Sanremo from 6 to 8 September 2001, addressed the issue of “Refugees: a continuing challenge“.
This edition of the Round Table was organised to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention. It allowed evaluating its implementation, celebrating its contribution to the humanitarian cause, as well as its influence on the development of a more general and universal idea of Human Rights Law, both in its collective and individual shades.
The Round Table gathered together a few hundred participants from the different regions of the world including military experts, academics and representatives of governments, international organizations, IHL practitioners and NGOs which spent two to discuss IHL related detention key issues.
Additionally, the Joint Activities of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees during the period 1973 – 2000 were presented during the 2001 Round Table, along with a collection of selected documents prepared by the IIHL on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention.