Independent humanitarian organisations, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other organisations working in countries affected by conflict, often have defined roles in the international architecture and mandates under international law to carry out their activities. Recognising the primary role of the host nation to provide for the humanitarian and other needs of its population, independent humanitarian organisations, operating outside of international coalition or integrated mission structures, play an important role in filling the gaps in areas where these needs are not being met, whether this is due to the conflict, a lack of capacity or political will of the host government, or for other reasons. These humanitarian activities, which range from emergency humanitarian assistance, to longer term development and reconstruction activities, including reform of legal and government structures, also contribute significantly to the establishment of peace and longer term stability of the affected country.
Larry Maybee is currently the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegate to Armed and Security Forces for South East Asia and the Pacific. In this position he is responsible for the development of relations with the Armed Forces of countries in the region, as well as US Pacific Command. Mr. Maybee’s previous positions with the ICRC include head of the Legal Department for the ICRC delegation in Israel and the Occupied Territories, Legal Advisor for ICRC operations in Iraq, and Regional Legal Advisor for South Asia, based in New Delhi. Larry joined the ICRC in 2004 following a 26-year career as a military officer, in the Canadian and New Zealand Defence Forces. Maybee has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics Degree (BBA), from the University of New Brunswick, Canada; a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB), also from the University of New Brunswick; and a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in International Law from the University of Melbourne, Australia.