April 14, 2014 - 8:00pm

Join a panel of experts for an in-depth look at how applications of international humanitarian law impact MSF’s responses to current emergencies in South Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, and other conflict areas around the world.

MSF invites you to participate in a live webcast on Monday, April 14 at 8pm EDT to mark the release of the third English language edition of The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law.

This online panel discussion will feature the book’s author and MSF legal specialist, Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier, and two experienced MSF aid workers, Timothy Harrison, RN, and Anthony Thouvenin.

Drawing on their experiences from some of today’s most violent conflict zones, the panelists will explore the challenges of ensuring armed groups respect international humanitarian law (IHL) and the safety of patients, health care workers, and medical facilities. They will also examine some of the tensions arising from the legal status accorded certain war-affected populations—whether refugees or internally displaced persons—and how this status affects their access to humanitarian assistance.

Viewer participation is encouraged via a chat feature available during the webcast.


Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier, Doctor of Law and magistrate, is the legal director of MSF and former research director at the Foundation Médecins Sans Frontières. Over the past 20 years, Bouchet-Saulnier has been involved in developing key MSF policies and public positioning on humanitarian action, the defense of humanitarian space, access to victims, protection of populations from mass crimes, and on challenges to relief agencies posed by military interventions and international criminal justice proceedings. She is the author of The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law.

Timothy Harrison, RN recently completed a four-month mission with MSF in Malakal, South Sudan—one of that country’s most contested areas in the ongoing civil war. Originally sent to coordinate a kala azar project, he quickly shifted gears and relied on his nursing skills to care for victims of the conflict that broke out in December 2013. Harrison, a Boston-based nurse, will reflect on this experience and provide insights gained from his eight previous missions with MSF.

Anthony Thouvenin is the Logistics Supervisor for MSF operations in Chad, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Sudan. He recently returned from the border of Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), where he coordinated MSF’s emergency project providing aid to those fleeing violence in CAR. In addition, he currently works on MSF’s humanitarian activities along the borders of South Sudan-Ethiopia and Sudan-South Sudan.


This is an ONLINE event.

To view this webcast, register now. You will receive the link you'll need to join the event.