The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Faculty of Law
P.O. BOX 4 (visiting address: Yliopistonkatu 3)
Tel: +358 (0)29 4123140



Chemical Weapons in Modern Armed Conflicts Seminar

Why are chemical weapons used in armed conflicts? Why does the use cause such an uproar? What are the damages caused? How is their use restricted in international law? Is the Syrian case an exception or the norm?

The Finnish Red Cross Suomenlinna volunteergroup in international humanitarian law along with Erik Castrén Institute at the University of Helsinki will organise a seminar on chemical weapons in modern armed conflicts. Come and hear how public international law regulates the use of chemical weapons and how the international community and Finnish actors work to prevent the use of chemical weapons. The seminar has a special emphasis on the Syrian case.

The speakers include Karim Hammoud, Senior Legal Officer, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (The Hague),
Paula Vanninen, Director, Verifin,
Major Mikko Elo, Finnish Defence Force
and as chair Eero Rämö, Chairman of the Council of the Finnish Red Cross.

The event will be in English.

When? 4 November 2015 at 12-16. We begin with presentations and panel discussion starts at 14.30.
Where? PII lecture hall in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), Helsinki.

You can already register for the seminar by email at