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The Bruges Colloquium

Since its creation in 2000, the Bruges Colloquium on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) has been jointly organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the College of Europe.

The 2020 edition of the Colloquium will focus on the challenges to International Humanitarian Law arising from the use of new technologies of warfare.

The Bruges Colloquium gathers yearly about hundred participants such as civil servants from the European Union and from NATO, diplomatic and military representatives of the Member States of these organisations and their Partner States, as well as representatives from academic circles and civil society.  Its success has shown that the Bruges Colloquium is a key event for all experts in the law of armed conflicts eager to extend or reinforce their knowledge in the field.

Please note that each year the discussions are held in English and French, simultaneous translation is available in both languages.

Since its creation in 2000, the Bruges Colloquium on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) has been jointly organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the College of Europe.



current edition

New Technologies on the Battlefield: Friend or Foe

12 -16 october 2020
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previous editions

Improving compliance with International Humanitarian Law

11-12 september 2003
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The impact on International Humanitarian Law on current security policy trends

26-27 october 2001
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Current Challenges in International Humanitarian Law

27-28 october 2000
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meet our team

Eva Houtave


Junior Legal Assistant


ICRC Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium


Maureen Welsh

Project and Communication Assistant 

College of Europe

St├ęphane Kolanowski

Senior legal adviser

ICRC Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium