Our Senior Researcher Alice Priddy presented our research project on disability in armed conflict to the members of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
‘It’s a great opportunity for us to exchange with CRPD members about our research project, to seek their views on the issue and discuss their role in better protecting the rights of persons with disabilities during and in the immediate aftermath of armed conflict’ underlines Alice Priddy.
Alice Priddy notably briefed Committee’s members on how international humanitarian law (IHL) should be read in light of the CRPD in various aspects of armed conflict, including within the conduct of hostilities, the treatment of prisoners of war or internees with a disability, the application of the CRPD in occupied territories (both state and non-state actor occupation), the provision of humanitarian aid, and the cessation of hostilities and inclusion of persons with disabilities in peace processes.
Approximately 500 million people with disabilities live in states affected by armed conflict. Despite this high number, persons with disabilities are often the forgotten victims of armed conflict.
The Geneva Academy is undertaking a three year project that seeks to improve the implementation and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities during and in the immediate aftermath of armed conflict by:
Results of the project will be presented in the first quarter of 2019.
Our new publication Libya: A Short Guide to the Conflict provides an overview of the current situation in Libya and key developments in 2017. It notably describes the many sources of the instability in the country from 2014 until today and provides an overview of the role and involvement of the various armed groups, as well as a mapping of foreign involvement in the Libyan conflict.
In this public lecture, Professor Philip Sands explained – on the basis of his research on two prominent founders of contemporary international law (Hersch Lauterpacht and Raphael Lemkin) and his own family’s experience – how international law has developed by protecting at the same time the individual (according to Lauterpacht's vision) and the group, with the success of Lemkin's endeavour towards a convention on the prevention and prohibition of genocide.
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This IHL Talk will discuss the legal framework and the main critical questions related to search and rescue in the Mediterranean Sea, using concrete cases and examples to illustrate current issues and challenges.
This short course analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Truth Commissions are by now an integral part of the transitional justice vocabulary and practice. The 2019 Spring School will provide a comprehensive, multidimensional and practical examination of this transitional justice mechanism, shedding light on both its aims and the practical challenges it has met or is likely to meet.
This research project looked at the protection of civilian populations subject to the control of a foreign army by analyzing the link between the international law of military occupation and human rights.
The Geneva Academy team followed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations and provided key information on the negotiations, notably via a daily blog.