On June 18 and 19, 2018, Ted van Baarda and George Wilkes attended in Geneva the launch of the ICRC’s report “Roots of Restraint in War” which is an update of their “Roots of Behaviour in War” report, which, in turn, dates back to 2003.

The current report points out the need to pay attention to humanitarian law as such, but also to the local norms and customs that underpin it. While in Geneva, Ted van Baarda and George Wilkes had a number of meetings with ICRC officials and exchanged views on the question how military ethics can play a role in maintaining IHL. It has been agreed to stay in touch.