Marco Sassòli

Marco Sassòli

Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  Qualification of Armed Conflict  /  International Human Rights Law  /  Armed Non-State Actors  /  Autonomous Weapons  /  Extraterritoriality  /  Conduct of Hostilities  /  Law of Occupation  /  Use of Force  /  Peacekeeping  /  Terrorism

Marco Sassòli has been Professor of International Law at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva, since 2004 and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) since 2013.

He has published widely on international humanitarian law (IHL), human rights law, international criminal law, the sources of international law, the responsibility of states and non-state actors and Swiss constitutional law. He is recognized as a leading expert in IHL.

Professor Sassòli was Director of the Department of Public International Law and International Organization at the University of Geneva from 2009–2016. From 2001–2003, he taught at the Université du Québec à Montreal, where he remains an associate professor.

From 1985–1997 he worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), notably as Deputy Head of its Legal Division, Head of the ICRC delegations in Jordan and Syria and as Protection Coordinator for the former Yugoslavia. During his sabbatical in 2011, he rejoined the ICRC as a legal adviser to its delegation in Islamabad.

Professor Sassòli has also served as Executive Secretary of the ICJ, a registrar at the Swiss Supreme Court and Chair of the Board of Geneva Call, an NGO that promotes respect for humanitarian norms among armed non-state actors.

Taught Courses

Afghanistan, Khandahar. After a road bomb destroyed a US Army vehicle, troops are patrolling the area to look for clues. LLM - Course

International Humanitarian Law

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is applicable in armed conflicts and offers – necessarily insufficient – protection to those affected by such inherently inhumane situations. This course aims to provide students with a solid knowledge, through a practical understanding, of IHL, as well as a good command of the main areas of controversy surrounding its applicability and application.

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Publications

Cover of The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary

The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary

October 2015

Andrew Clapham, Marco Sassòli, Paola Gaeta

Oxford University Press

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Cover of the book How Does Law Protect in War?

How Does Law Protect in War?

March 2011

Marco Sassòli, Antoine Bouvier, Anne Quintin

ICRC

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Cover of the book Völkerrecht/Droit international public, Aide-mémoire, 2nd ed

Völkerrecht/Droit international public, Aide-mémoire, 2nd ed

June 2013

Marco Sassòli, Andreas Ziegler, Samantha Besson, Stephan Breitenmoser

Schulthess

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