Rescue workers recover bodies from under the rubble of a Houthi detention center destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes, that killed at least 60 people and wounding several dozen according to officials and the rebels' health ministry, in Dhamar province. Photo: Felton Davis CC BY
Welcome to a virtual roundtable on the future of the protection of civilians in urban warfare, organised by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in association with the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) and the Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross). 

We will focus on the following questions:
  • What do current trends in armed conflict and military technology mean for the future of urban warfare?
  • What are the future prospects for International Humanitarian Law in settings of urban warfare?
  • What does this imply for the regulation of uses of explosive weapons in populated areas as a means to protecting civilians?


Introductory interview: 
  • Hugo Slim, Oxford Institute For Ethics Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), University of Oxford.
Comments and reflections:
  • All roundtable participants.

The roundtable is arranged on the occasion of the final stages of the EWIPA process – without any formal connection thereto. The purpose of the seminar is not advocacy but critical reflection and analysis. The views expressed do not represent an official position of the organisers.