Information

25-29 September 2017
Fee: 500 Swiss Francs

12th Advanced Seminar in International Humanitarian Law for University Lecturers and Researchers

Rafah, 2009. The ICRC provides the farmers located in the buffer zones with wheat seeds Rafah, 2009. The ICRC provides the farmers located in the buffer zones with wheat seeds

 

    ICRC.pos Geneva Academy RVB

How does the current humanitarian landscape look like? What specific sources can be relied upon to interpret IHL provisions today? Where do the ICRC and the academic community stand in the current IHL debates? On which topics is academic research focusing? How can university lecturers teach IHL in an original, interactive and practice-oriented fashion?

Organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Academy, the 12th edition of this advanced seminar aims to enhance the capacity of lecturers and researchers to teach and research international humanitarian law (IHL) contemporary issues, addressing both substantive and pedagogical aspects. 

Profile of Candidates

The seminar is addressed to academics holding a teaching/research position at a university or an academic institute. Candidates should have a very good knowledge of IHL and related fields of international law, and be motivated to improve and update their teaching skills in these subjects. As the seminar will be held in English, proficiency in this language is required.

Content

The seminar will address specific topics, such as recent trends in the classification of armed conflicts, foreign fighters, counterterrorism and IHL, challenges in the conduct of hostilities in today's armed conflicts, sexual violence and detention-related issues, implementation of IHL in courts, but also IHL teaching and research methodology.

In the evening, participants will be invited to conferences reflecting on humanitarian issues currently faced in situations of armed conflicts and violence, as well as relating to the implementation of IHL. Several visits are also planned to help participants grasp the historical origins of IHL and how it is implemented in armed conflicts today.To get a better sense of the content and format of seminar sessions, interested candidates are welcome to watch videos from the 2015 edition and listen to podcasts from the 2013 edition.

Format

IHL substance, research and teaching methodology will be explored through panel discussions, debates, case studies, workshops, readings, research and visits. Sessions will be given by leading academics from Geneva and beyond, ICRC legal advisers and various experts. To foster interactions and debate amongst participants, sessions will be chaired by several speakers, who will provide different /complementary perspectives. Side events will also provide participants with informal opportunities for discussions with senior ICRC staff. Participants will be invited to keep in touch for further academic exchanges through a specific social media group.

Cost and Expenses

A fee of 500 CHF is required as a contribution to the total cost of the seminar. This covers the lectures, seminar materials as well as lunch and dinner the first and last day of the seminar. Participants are expected to cover their travel costs to and from Geneva as well as accommodation during their stay.

Application Process and Deadline

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A curriculum vitae including a updated list of academic publications
  • A cover letter explaining the applicant's motivation and expectations
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A short abstract (max 150 words) about a humanitarian/legal issue or theme they are currently working on

Completed applications should be sent electronically to the following email address: ihlcourse@icrc.org. Any applications received after 30th June 2017 will not be considered by the selection committee. The number of participants is limited to 35. Candidates will be notified of the selection committee's decision by Monday, 31st July 2017.

Professors and Lecturers

Location

 Most of the seminar will take place at the Humanitarium (ICRC Conference Centre, 17 Avenue de la paix). Some sessions will also take place at the Villa Moynier (Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, 120B rue de Lausanne).

Access

Humanitarium

Bus 8, direction OMS – bus stop Appia

Bus F, V or Z – bus stop Appia

Villa Moynier

Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - bus stop Sécheron

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email info@geneva-academy.ch

MORE ON THIS THEMATIC AREA

Portrait of Florimont Poirier News

Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict: What our Alumni Say

16 May 2017

Florimont Poirier, a Canadian and French dual-national, joined the Executive Master in 2013, while working in Geneva at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. He tells us about the programme and what it brought to his career.

Read more

 Libya, Misrata, Tripoli Street. After a battle between members of the armed opposition and government forces. News

THE WAR REPORT: ARMED CONFLICTS IN 2016

10 April 2017

In 2016, 49 situations of armed violence amounted to armed conflicts according to international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The vast majority are non-international armed conflicts, as in preceding years, highlighting the changing nature of warfare. The analysis highlights two trends: the heavy toll of current armed conflicts on civilians often trapped in sieges and battlefields in cities and increased international interventions in conflicts.

Read more

Portrait of Professor Geoff Gilbert Event

Opening Lecture of the Academic Year: The Political Participation of Refugees and Other Displaced Persons in their Country of Nationality and in the Host State

10 October 2017, 18:15-19:45

In this opening lecture, Professor Geoff Gilbert will discuss how, as conflict and repression end and states move towards a period of transition, those who have been displaced can participate in the restoration process.

Read more

Coverpage of the book ‘Out of the Shadows’ Geneva Academy Wednesday

Out of the Shadows: Recommendations to Advance Transparency in the Use of Lethal Force

27 September 2017, 18:00-19:30

This Geneva Academy Wednesday will evaluate 15 years of U.S. counterterrorism strikes, analyse recent developments, and assess the Trump Administration’s approach to the use of force, transparency, and accountability.

Read more

Al Mahdi case: ICC Trial Chamber VIII issues reparations order, 17 August 2017 Short Course

International Criminal Law: General Principles and International Crimes

5 October - 23 November 2017

This course will review the origins of international criminal law, its relationship with the international legal order including the UN Security Council and its coexistence with national justice institutions. The scope of international crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression – will be considered alongside initiatives to expand or add to these categories.

Read more

Trial Chamber hearing in the Ayyash et al. case (Case STL-11-01) - 28 January 2016 Short Course

International Criminal Law: Case Law and Judicial Practice

12 April - 18 May 2018

This course focuses on exploring the major themes of the case law of  the International Criminal Court and several other institutions in areas such as jurisdiction, substantive crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, terrorism), criminal responsibility and major procedural milestones in criminal proceedings.

Read more

Libya, Misrata, Tripoli Street. After a battle between members of the armed opposition and government forces. Project

The War Report

Started in December 2013

As an annual publication, The War Report provides an overview of contemporary trends in current armed conflicts, including key international humanitarian law and policy issues that have arisen and require attention.

Read more

UN Peacekeepers on Patrol in Abyei, Sudan Project

Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

Completed in January 2005

This research project aimed to clarify the multiple facets of post-conflict peacebuilding.

Read more