Military Briefings

Two US soldiers walking out of a building Two US soldiers walking out of a building

This unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law aims to improve our students’ knowledge of military actors and operations and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds.

Military guests – on active duty, retired or from the reserve – will discuss military institutions, their missions as well as operational and legal challenges they face in their daily work.

Six Themes Addressed in the Series:

  1. Military organization and operational decision-making
  2. Operational law
  3. Integration of the law in military training
  4. Practical examples of legal challenges in operations
  5. Military justice
  6. Weapons systems

Each briefing is divided into two parts: a presentation aimed at equipping students with basic knowledge on the selected theme, and a discussion, where the guest speaker engages with students on the challenges raised by the theme.

This initiative is coordinated by Elvina Pothelet, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy.

Our Events

Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.

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Marines with India Battery, the artillery attachment for Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a 120 mm towed mortar system, called the Expeditionary Fire Support System. Military Briefing

Regulation of Weapons and their Use in Military Operations

28 April 2017, 17:00-19:00

This fourth Military Briefing will focus on the main principles that govern the choice of means and methods of warfare (international humanitarian law principles and principles of military strategy).

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Gaza City. Palestinians check the remains of Al-Basha, a building that was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in 2014 Event

Public Pleadings by LLM Students on the Summer 2014 Gaza Conflict

6 May 2017, 09:00-16:00

In the framework of the LLM course on international humanitarian law (IHL), students will plead for Israel and Palestine arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.

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South Ossetia, Avnev, a village with a predominantly Georgian population about 7 km from Tskhinvali. A building destroyed in 2008. Event

Public Pleadings by LLM Students on the 2008 South Ossetian Conflict

22 May 2017, 09:00-17:00

In the framework of the LLM course on international humanitarian law (IHL) given by Professor Marco Sassòli, students will plead for Russia and Georgia arguing that the side they represent respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.&a

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