Events and Conferences

International Humanitarian Law Conference 2016

International Humanitarian Law Conference 2016Humanitarianism in an Age of SecurityCanadian Red Cross and the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University are hosting a conference focusing on International Humanitarian Law. Discussion will centre on International Humanitarian Law and its relevance in an age of security. The conference will bring together experts to discuss the challenges and controversies.


Event DetailsMonday, March 7, 2016
1-4:30 p.m.
To guarantee a seat, please RSVP at

Lincoln Park Room, J301
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

For more information, please contact Claudine St-Jean, Associate, Operations Support, Calgary, Canadian Red Cross, Western Zone.

About Panelists
International Committee of the Red Cross
Chris Harland
Legal Advisor in the Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada

Chris Harland is the International Committee of the Red Cross's Legal Advisor in the Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada, based in Washington, D.C. Prior to this position, he held ICRC legal positions in Kuala Lumpur (for Southeast Asia, from 2012 to 2014) and New Delhi (for South Asia, from 2007 to 2012). A Canadian lawyer, he worked in the Legal Division of the ICRC at its Headquarters in Geneva from 2004 to 2007. Before joining the ICRC, Mr. Harland held positions with the United Nations in the Cyprus Referendum (2004), was a member of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2002-2004), was the Head of the Human Rights and Rule of Law Department of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998-2002, Head from 2000-2002), participated in the UN Secretary-General's Investigative Team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1998) and was a Legal Officer with the UN's Human Rights Commissioner's Field Operation in Rwanda (1996 to 1998). He has also worked in the Office of the Legal Counsel at UN Headquarters as an intern (1995) and clerked with a judge of the Federal Court of Canada (1993-1994).

Mount Royal University
Kelly Sundberg, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies

Dr. Kelly Sundberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University (Canada), and has also served fourteen years as both an investigator and policy officer with the Canada Border Services Agency. His research primarily focuses on national and border security, with a specific focus on inland immigration enforcement. Kelly is the co-editor of the book Border Security in the Era of Al-Qaeda (2010), has ten publish articles addressing issues surrounding border security, and is currently working on two books examining terrorism, national security, and border security.

Canadian Red Cross
Catherine Gribbin
Senior Legal Advisor - International Humanitarian Law

Catherine is the Senior Legal Advisor on International Humanitarian Law with the Canadian Red Cross. Catherine was previously a Policy and Legal Advisor on Humanitarian Issues and Emblem Use, as well as a Humanitarian Issues Coordinator at the Canadian Red Cross. She has worked and volunteered with Red Cross since 2005. Catherine received her LL.B. from Dalhousie University and articled in Toronto in criminal defence. Catherine was called to the Bar in Ontario and is currently a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.

Mount Royal University
Duane Bratt, PhD
Chair and Professor, Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies

Duane Bratt is Chair and Professor in the Department of Policy Studies at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta). He was educated at the Universities of Windsor (BA 1991, MA 1992) and Alberta (Ph.D 1996). He teaches in the area of international relations and Canadian public policy, with specialty in the sub-field of Canadian foreign policy. His primary research interest is in the area of Canadian nuclear policy. Recent publications include: Canada, the Provinces, and the Global Nuclear Revival (McGill-Queen's University Press: Montreal and Kingston, 2012) and co-editor, Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas 2nd edition (Oxford University Press: Toronto, 2011). Duane is also a regular commentator on political events.

Pakistan Television News
Israr Kasana
Journalist/Host (and Red Cross volunteer)