8 December 2016
At the invitation of Switzerland, the depositary state of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, the fifth diplomatic meeting was held in Bern on 8 December 2016, during which the members of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission were elected. The 68 States Parties to the first Additional Protocol of 1977 to the Geneva Convention accepting the competence of the Commission took part in the meeting under the chairmanship of Swiss Ambassador Jürg Lindenmann.
Polish candidate, Dr. Elżbieta Mikos-Skuza member of the IHFFC since 2001 was re-elected. She is an associate professor of Public International Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. She served as Faculty's Vice-Dean in 2008 - 2012 and since 2008 has been the NOHA Director at the University of Warsaw (NOHA is the Network on Humanitarian Action composed of European universities running interdisciplinary programmes on humanitarian action).
The newly-formed Commission was elected for a term of office of five years and will enter into function at its first annual meeting planned to take place on 20-22 February 2017 in Geneva.
The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) is an international body that is available to perform investigations of possible breaches of international humanitarian law. IHFFC was established in 1991 and has its basis in the First Optional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, agreed in 1977. The Commission consists of fifteen experts. The Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs carries out the secretariat functions. IHFFC is headquartered in Bern. 76 states have joined the body.
More information at: www.ihffc.org