When playing this video, you connect directly with Vimeo, where the video is hosted. Vimeo sets cookies in your browser. Read more in our Privacy Policy

This roundtable is the second in a series on the ethics of humanitarian action, and follows the earlier roundtable on the ethics of humanitarian neutrality in Syria.

This roundtable was chaired and organised by Kristoffer Lidén at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) in collaboration with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) and Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV). The webinar series is part of the research project Red Lines and Grey Zones: Exploring the Ethics of Humanitarian Negotiation.

You can also listen to the discussion on the NCHS Talking Humanitarianism podcast by clicking here and on Spotify, Apple and Anchor.


Hugo Slim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Las Casas Institute and Academic Director of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights. Slim has previously been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford, as well as Head of Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Mukesh Kapila is Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. He was previously Under Secretary General at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and served the UN in different roles as Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and then Special Adviser at the UN Mission in Afghanistan. Subsequently, he led the UN’s mission in 2003-4 as the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan, and then became a Director at the World Health Organization.

Fatima Gailani is an Afghan political leader and women’s rights activist, who previously served as president of the Afghan Red Crescent Society. She was recognised as one of the BBC’s 100 women of 2021.