Giovanni Distefano

Giovanni Distefano

Professor of International Law at the University of Neuchatel

Areas of expertise

Use of Force  /  Public International Law  /  Law of Treaties  /  History of Public International Law  /  General Theory of Public International Law  /  State Responsibility

Giovanni Distefano has been Professor of International Law at the University of Neuchatel since 2009. His areas of research and expertise include public international law, the law of treaties, state responsibility and use of force.

From 2002 to 2004, he taught at the University of Geneva’s Department of Public International Law and International Organization and was Assistant Professor at the University of Lausanne Public Law Institute. Giovanni Distefano has also worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, UNICEF, the International Law Institute, Italian Society of International Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Australian National University, the Universities of Verona and Catane, and the University of the United Arab Emirates.

Taught Courses

Opening of UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, 19 September 2016 Executive Master - Course

Sources and Subjects of Public International Law: Selected Topics

The course addresses two main questions: what are the sources from which public international law rules stem and who/what are the legal persons of the international legal system?

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Chaired by United States President Barack Obama, the Security Council Summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament unanimously adopted resolution 1887 (2009), expressing the Council's resolve to create the conditions for a world without nuclear wea Executive Master - Course

Sanctions in Public International Law: Selected Topics

This course provides an introduction to the regime of sanctions under international law and their effectiveness in addressing contemporary forms of conflict.

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Publications

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Dynamic Interpretation of International Treaties

July 2011

Giovanni Distefano

Revue Générale de Droit International Public

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Theories on Territorial Sovereignty: A Reappraisal

May 2009

Giovanni Distefano

Journal of Sharia and Law

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Cover of Pour un droit équitable, engagé et chaleureux, Mélanges en l'honneur de Pierre Wessner

Pour un droit équitable, engagé et chaleureux, Mélanges en l'honneur de Pierre Wessner

October 2011

Giovanni Distefano, Olivier Guillod, Christophe Müller

Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 11-285

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Book cover of La convention de Vienne de 1978 sur la succession d'États en matière de traités

La convention de Vienne de 1978 sur la succession d'États en matière de traités

February 2016

Gloria Gaggioli, Giovanni Distefano, Aymeric Hêche

Bruylant

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