Interdisciplinary Seminar (Medicine, Law & Policy): Mitigating harm to children in armed conflicts


Each year thousands of children are either killed or severely injured in armed conflicts around the world. Although concerns about general health care, schools, and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas have been examined, the protection of children often lacks practical solutions. This unique multidisciplinary session will focus on challenges and practical steps on how to strengthen the protection of children in such conflicts. These issues will be examined from a medical, legal and military policy perspective for interested professionals in these respective fields. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all those who attend. Recordings of talks will be available upon request.

This is event is cosponsored by the American Red Cross-International Humanitarian Law Dept. and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

There is a possibility for 3 CME credits for attending this event.

Please see below a schedule of events. Speaker bios can also be viewed at the registration page. A digital copy of the schedule and speaker bios will be emailed to those who register.


10:00: Welcome-Christian Jorgensen, JD and Patrick McGann, MD

10:05: "The Burden and Outcomes for Children Injured During Combat Operations."-Philip C. Spinella, MD, FCCM

10:30: Immediate and long term effects of injuries in children in conflicts, a neglected problem."-Tom Potokar, MBChB, FRCS, OBE

10:55: "Traumatic Brain Injury in Children,"-Karen Lidsky, MD, MHS

11:20: "Creating the Pediatric Blast Injury Field Manual."-Emily Mayhew, PhD

11:45: ?Child Casualties in Armed Conflicts ? IHL protections and reducing moral injury for combatants.?-Colonel (retired) Randall Bagwell, J.D., LL.M.

12:10: "Children in Hostilities: Engaging Armed Non-State Actors"-Ezequiel Heffes, LL.M.

12:35: "No stone unturned: Finding ways to mitigate harm to children in conflict"-Larry Lewis, Ph.D.

13:00: Panel discussion

13:30: END

Date and Location

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:30pm