We are pleased to announce that the American Society of International Law has awarded their 2017 Certificate of Merit for ‘High Technical Craftsmanship and Utility to Practicing Lawyers and Scholars’ to the book The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary, edited by Professors Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, and Marco Sassòli. The managing editor is Iris van der Heijden, and the assistant editors are Ilya Nuzov, Julia Grignon, Annie Hylton, and Tom Haeck.
This publication, co-coordinated and facilited by the Geneva Academy, is the result of collaboration between faculty from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva.
Drawing together over sixty scholars from around the world, the volume of over one million words presents a detailed legal commentary on all four of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. The result is an up-to-date explanation of the meaning and application of the Conventions in contexts that have changed considerably since they were first written. The influence of developments in international law, such as human rights law and refugee law, has been considerable. Particular attention is paid to the changing nature of armed conflicts and questions related to the threshold for armed conflict, the beginning and end of occupations, the geographical scope of conflicts and the complex interactions between the Conventions and branches of international law such as international criminal law, refugee law and human rights law.
The book is published in the series Oxford Commentaries on International Law by Oxford University Press and is also available in electronic form online or as an ebook.
Our warm congratulations go to all the editors and contributors for this recognition which has been paid to their hard work and scholarship.
Ten years after the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council, our new publication highlights the current challenges related to the Council’s approach to armed non-state actors and proposes recommendations to better address this phenomenon.
In 2017, 55 situations of armed violence amounted to armed conflicts according to the definitions under international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The vast majority were non-international armed conflicts, as in preceding years. The analysis highlights two salient features: the multiplication of armed non-state actors and unprecedented casualties linked to armed gang violence.
As the second in a series of talks on IHL brought to you by the UN Library Geneva in collaboration with the Geneva Academy, this Library Talk will explore the application of IHL to contemporary conflicts as related to armed non-state actors.
This course focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
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This course provides an introduction to the regime of sanctions under international law and their effectiveness in addressing contemporary forms of conflict. It addresses the questions related to state responsibility, the pacific settlement of international disputes and the role of the International Court of Justice.
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This project aims at mapping various existing accountability mechanisms, in the context of military interventions, through the lens of the requirements of a transitional justice process in order to identify possibilities and gaps.
Several ad hoc fact-finding and inquiry commissions have been established to assess some of the most serious situations of human rights and humanitarian law violations across the world. With such mechanisms gaining influence, the question arises of whether a minimum formal standard of proof (or degree of certainty) exists or is required when such bodies adjudicate on such serious matters.