Experts teach local university students about minimizing suffering in war

International law attorneys from the Red Cross came to UW-La Crosse Saturday as part of a workshop called ‘Humanity in War’.

The one-day workshop taught students about the basis of international humanitarian law and how those laws can be enforced.

James Szymalak, J.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor with UWL, said because they feel the subject is so important, a wide range of students were excited to give up their Saturday for the workshop.

“With what’s going on is Syria and what’s going on around the world. We have a lot of very innocent people suffering greatly, and we need to better understand what our obligations are to these individuals,” said Szymalak.

They were also taught about the part that humanitarian organization like the Red Cross play in armed conflict.

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