Randall Bagwell
War Rules: Humanitarian Law and the Red Cross

Randall Bagwell

Director of International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross

February 21, 2019 12:00 PM    Roundtable
The California Club
538 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles CA 90071

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International Humanitarian Law is a set of rules that regulates how armed conflicts are fought. A recent study indicates that within the United States and globally, the belief that these rules are either ineffective or make no difference has increased. The same study indicates an increase within the United States, in the belief that the use of torture is permissible. This decreased faith in International Humanitarian Law comes at a time when civilians are increasingly bearing the brunt of the casualties of war. Some reports indicate that in recent conflicts 90% of the casualties have been civilians. If this number is accurate, what does it say about the current state of International Humanitarian Law, which was designed to protect civilians in armed conflicts? Have changes in methods of warfare such as drone strikes improved or worsened this situation? Will advances in technology such as autonomous weapons bring the number of civilian casualties down or increase them? What are the ethical and moral issues involved in using these weapons and how will they be resolved? Randall Bagwell, Director of International Humanitarian Law at the Red Cross, will help answer these questions.

Colonel (Retired) Randy Bagwell joined the American Red Cross after more than thirty years of service as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer in the U.S. Army. As a legal advisor for the Army, Randy performed duties ranging from prosecuting and defending criminal cases to advising on administrative and regulatory matters. However, his specialty, and the majority of his assignments, were in International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Randy has taught IHL at the U.S. Naval War College, the U.S. Army JAG School, the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, the NATO School and the Institute of International Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy. He has also instructed on IHL with partner nations in over 20 countries. Additionally, he has advised senior military commanders on IHL during operational deployments to Hungary in support of Operations in Bosnia, two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. His degrees include a Bachelor Science in Business Administration, Master of Arts in National Policy and Strategic Studies, a Juris Doctor, and Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in Military Law. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Randy held the position of Dean of the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia. The U.S. Army JAG School the only American Bar Association accredited law school in the U.S. Government.

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