International Human Rights Law / Reparations / Transitional Justice / Rule of Law / Philosophy of Law / Recognition / Ethics of Memory / Dealing with the Past
Frank Haldemann is Assistant Professor at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva, and Co-Director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
His expertise and research focus on transitional justice, human rights and legal philosophy. In 2011 he was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship, enabling him to direct a five-year research project, Historical Injustices, Reparations and International Law. Together with Thomas Unger, he is currently preparing a comprehensive, multi-authored commentary on the UN Set of Principles to Combat Impunity (to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016).
Since 2010 he has been teaching Transitional Justice in the Geneva Academy’s LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. In 2014 and 2015 he directed the Antonio Cassese Summer School in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and Conflict, co-organized and hosted by the Geneva Academy.
Prior to joining the University of Geneva and the Geneva Academy, Professor Haldemann was a post-doctoral fellow at the New York University School of Law, the University of Leiden and the University of Pretoria. He also worked as a legal researcher with the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World War (the ‘Bergier Commission’) and has been a visiting professor at the University of Leiden, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta and Université Catholique de Louvain.
Professor Haldemann holds a degree in Law from the University of Fribourg, an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a doctorate in Law from the University of Zurich.
As a comprehensive attempt to ‘codify’ universal accountability norms, the UN Principles marked a significant step forward in the debate on the obligation of states to combat impunity in its various forms. Despite this significance, no comprehensive academic commentary of the 38 principles has yet been provided so far. This project seeks to fill this gap.
This course examines a range of legal responses to large-scale human rights violations – including criminal prosecutions, reparations, truth commissions and institutional reform. Special attention is paid to the topic of amnesty and its legal as well as political and moral dimensions.
This introductory course explores the legal and ethical frameworks of transitional justice.
The Transitional Justice Spring School 2017 aims to address the roles of memory and culture in transitional justice processes through an interdisciplinary, comprehensively structured high-quality one-week programme.
Valentina Cadelo, Thomas Unger, Frank Haldemann
Oxford University Press
Eibe Riedel, Gilles Giacca and Christophe Golay, Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in International Law,Oxford University Press, p. 498–516
41:3 (2008) Cornell International Law Journal, p. 675–737
18:2 (2005) Ratio Juris, 162–178.