Robert Kolb

Robert Kolb

Professor of Public International Law at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  Qualification of Armed Conflict  /  International Human Rights Law  /  Extraterritoriality  /  Conduct of Hostilities  /  Protection of Civilians  /  Law of Occupation  /  Use of Force

Robert Kolb has been Professor of Public International Law at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva since 2007.

He is a leading expert in international law and international humanitarian law and has published several books and articles on these topics in English, French, German and Italian.
In 2011, he acted as a counsel for the German government in the Jurisdictional Immunities (Germany v. Italy) case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Prior to 2007, Professor Kolb worked as a legal adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He was also Secretary of the Institute of International Law and a member of the Board of Directors of the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law, which became the Geneva Academy in 2007.

He was Lecturer in Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Associate Professor at the University of Bern and Adjunct Professor at the University of Neuchatel. He also taught at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan.

Taught Courses and Research Projects

Roundtable discussion during the Regional Consultation for North America and the English Speaking Caribbean on the Future of the UN Treaty Body System Project

Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020

The Geneva Academy is coordinating the academic input to the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies by the UN General Assembly via the creation of an academic network of independent researchers, a call for papers, a series of regional consultations, annual conferences in Geneva, as well as ongoing interactions with key stakeholders.

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Central African republic, Bangui. Soldiers of the Democratic Republic of Congo patrol the Multinational Force of Central African States - Executive Master - Course

Basic Principles of International Humanitarian Law

This course examines the sources of international humanitarian law as well as the threshold criteria for its applicability to an armed conflict.

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Syria, Homs. A view of the badly damaged center of the city. Executive Master - Course

Protection of Persons and Property in International Armed Conflict

This course examines the conduct of hostilities in situations of International Armed Conflict, also known as the Law of The Hague.

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Publications

Cover of Swiss Review of International Law

L'Etat X n'est pas membre des Nations Unies; donc, il ne doit pas respecter le droit international: variations sur un thème saugrenu

October 2014

Robert Kolb

Revue suisse de droit international et européen 2014, no 3, p. 369-383.

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Cover of Swiss Review of International Law

Chronique de la jurisprudence de la Cour internationale de Justice, 2013

October 2013

Robert Kolb

Revue suisse de droit international et européen 2014, p. 153-176.

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Cover of the Revue belge de droit international

Commentaires (iconoclastes?) sur l'obligation de faire respecter le droit international humanitaire selon l'article 1 commun des Conventions de Genève de 1949

January 2014

Robert Kolb

Revue belge de droit international 2014

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Cover of the book The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence 2014

Crimes contre l'humanité

October 2014

Robert Kolb

Global Community Yearbook 2014

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