Annyssa Bellal

Annyssa Bellal

Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  International Human Rights Law  /  Armed Non-State Actors  /  Counter-terrorism  /  UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Annyssa Bellal is Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and a Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy. She is also a Senior Lecturer at Sciences Po, Paris.

 Her areas of expertise include public international law, IHL and international human rights law. She is an expert on armed non-state actors and is the author of several books and articles on these different issues.

 Dr Bellal formerly worked as a legal adviser for the Swiss NGO Geneva Call, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She was also a full-time University Lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland.

 Dr Bellal holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in Public International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and an LLM in Philosophy of Law from the University of Grenoble. She also holds a Master of Advanced Studies in International Relations and an MA in Law from the University of Geneva.

Taught Courses and Research Projects

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Improving the Protection of Persons with Disabilities during Armed Conflict

This project aims to ensure better protection of and assistance for persons with disabilities in situations of armed conflict or its aftermath by identifying legal obligations to protect and assist persons with disabilities during conflict, and the policies and practices required to put these obligations into effect.

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The War Report

As an annual publication, The War Report provides an overview of contemporary trends in current armed conflicts, including key international humanitarian law and policy issues that have arisen and require attention.

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North Kivu. Civilians are not spared and are all too often victims of attacks. But one hears little about the ways in which fighters are affected too and how they can also sometimes become victims. LLM - Course

Groupes Armés Non-Etatiques et Droit International

This course, delivered in French, focuses on the study of non-state armed groups in contemporary armed conflicts and how international law regulates their actions.

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Publications

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The War Report 2014

December 2015

Annyssa Bellal

Oxford University Press

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Building respect for the rule of law in violent contexts: The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ experience and approach

December 2015

Annyssa Bellal

International Review of the Red Cross

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Challenges raised by the Islamic State for international law and humanitarian engagement (Forthcoming)

December 2016

Annyssa Bellal

Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Springer

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Cover of the book Establishing the Responsibility of Non-State Armed Groups for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Violations, Issues of Attribution

Establishing the Responsibility of Non-State Armed Groups for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Violations, Issues of Attribution

May 2015

Annyssa Bellal

Brill | Nijhoff

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In-Brief N°7: Human Rights Obligations of Armed Non-State Actors: An Exploration of the Practice of the UN Human Rights Council

December 2016

Annyssa Bellal

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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