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Red Cross Hosts Seminar on International Humanitarian Law

The Red Cross is offering a presentation on International Humanitarian Law — a set of rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict. International law protects those who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare.

The 90-minute program is presented by Red Cross volunteer Betsy Megquier, a professional in International Humanitarian Law. Topics include:

  • Overview of the history, restrictions, and protections of international humanitarian law
  • Origins of the Red Cross/humanitarian movement — including the establishment of rules governing armed conflict
  • Structure, principles, and purpose of the movement
  • Historical evolution of the Geneva Conventions
  • Practical application of the law

International Humanitarian Law Seminar

Thursday, September 3

4:30 – 6 pm

American Red Cross office

145 Exchange Street, Bangor 

Light snacks provided

Admission is free

About the presenter

Betsy Megquier, a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, is currently pursuing the Diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement through the University for Peace. She is involved in mentoring Afghan professionals through the Alliance for International Women's Rights, a U.S. non-profit organization that supports current and future women leaders in the developing world.