The Laws of War and Human Rights: What journalists covering conflicts should know

12pm - 1:30pm
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

This class will explore key topics of international human rights and the laws of war essential for journalists covering armed conflicts.  How is “genocide” defined under international law? What legal obligations do the state and armed groups have towards civilians?  Is taking hostages a war crime? What is “hate speech” under international law.  We will use case studies based on real-world scenarios to illustrate how best to approach the complex situations facing journalists around the world.

About Your Instructor

Bill O'Neil

William O’Neill is a lawyer specializing in humanitarian, human rights and refugee law, with a special focus on the establishment and maintenance of the rule of law in post-conflict situations. He has been the senior adviser on human rights to the UN Mission in Kosovo, chief of the UN Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda, and led the Legal Department of the UN/OAS Mission in Haiti. He helped establish the Haitian National Police in 1995, advising on recruitment, testing and training the then new police force, participated in creating the School for Judges, and worked closely with Haitian human rights organizations to help train their human rights monitors. He has also worked on judicial, police, and prison reform in Burundi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, East Timor, Nepal and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Notes on this Class

Refund and recording policy: Classes will not be recorded and are non-refundable. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class. If you are unable to make a class, you are welcome to sell or give away your ticket and email the name of the new attendee to You will receive a Zoom link for the workshop the day before it begins.