Experts

At the Geneva Academy professors, academics, experts and practitioners address challenges in international law that relate to situations of armed conflict, protracted violence and the protection of human rights.

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Paola Gaeta

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Paola Gaeta is a leading expert on international criminal law and international criminal courts and tribunals, and has published widely on these issues.

Cécile Aptel

Senior Legal Policy Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Associate Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

As a leading expert in international criminal justice, transitional justice and child rights, Cécile Aptel has over 20 years’ experience in legal, policy and humanitarian matters.

Noam Lubell

Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy and Professor of Public International Law and Head of the School of Law at the University of Essex

Noam Lubell has taught, researched and published on a variety of topics related to international human rights law and the law of armed conflict, and is recognized as a leading expert in these fields.

Andrew Clapham

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Andrew Clapham is an expert in international law, international human rights law and international humanitarian law. His current research focuses on the role of non-state actors in international law and related questions in human rights and humanitarian law.

Gloria Gaggioli

Assistant Professor and Grant Holder of Excellence at the University of Geneva

Gloria Gaggioli's work focuses on the interplay between international humanitarian law and international human rights law, the right to life and the use of force, including the conduct of hostilities, law enforcement and self-defence.

William A. Schabas

Professor of International Law at Middlesex University, London

Recognized as a leading expert on international human rights law, international criminal law, genocide and capital punishment, William A. Schabas is the author of more than 20 books and 350 journal articles on these issues.

Andrea Bianchi

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Andrea Bianchi's work focuses on topics that range from international law theory, international human rights law, security and counter-terrorism, the law of jurisdiction and jurisdictional immunities to state responsibility and the law of treaties.

Vincent Chetail

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Vincent Chetail's areas of research relate to refugee and migrant law, humanitarian law and human rights, international criminal law, collective security and peacekeeping.

Sévane Garibian

Swiss National Science Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Geneva and Associate Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

Sévane Garibian's work focuses on issues related to the role of law in addressing state-sponsored crimes, impunity for mass crimes, international criminal law, transitional justice, human rights, the history of international criminal law and philosophy of law.

Robert Kolb

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

Robert Kolb is a leading expert in international law and international humanitarian law and has published several books and articles on these topics.

Neus Torbisco-Casals

Visiting Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Neus Torbisco-Casals' primary research areas are human rights, minority rights and theories of justice, anti-discrimination law and policy, gender equality and cultural diversity.

Giovanni Distefano

Professor of International Law at the University of Neuchatel

Giovanni Distefano's areas of research and expertise include public international law, the law of treaties, state responsibility and use of force.

Christof Heyns

Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria

Christof Heyns is recognized internationally as a leading expert in the field of international human rights law, including right to life issues and regional human rights mechanisms, and has published widely on these matters.

Gabriella Citroni

Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca

Gabriella Citroni's research focuses on subjects related to international human rights law and she cooperates with a number of NGOs, providing legal assistance to victims of serious human rights violations and their relatives.

Frank Haldemann

Co-Director of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Frank Haldemann's expertise and research focus on transitional justice, human rights and legal philosophy.

Clara Sandoval

Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Essex, and Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network

Clara Sandoval is a leading expert in transitional justice, the Inter-American System of Human Rights, legal theory, business and human rights, reparations, guarantees of non-repetition and implementation of human rights orders and recommendations.

Nils Melzer

Swiss Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy

Nils Melzer is Swiss Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy and UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment.

Guido Acquaviva

Deputy Registrar of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers

Dr Guido Acquaviva is a leading expert in public international law and international criminal law and  has published extensively on these issues.

Tarcisio Gazzini

Senior Researcher at the University of Lausanne

Tarcisio Gazzini's research focuses on the use of force in international law, foreign investment law, human rights law, international organizations and economic sanctions.

Rama Mani

Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies and Councillor at the World Future Council

Rama Mani is an expert in international peace and security, a poet and performance artist.

Regula Ludi

Lecturer at the University of Fribourg and University of Zurich

Regula Ludi is an expert on subjects including gender studies, the history of crime in the nineteenth century, Swiss refugee policy in the Nazi era, Roma and Sinti, Holocaust legacies and the gendered nature of representations of the past.

Eric Steinmyller

Consultant and Trainer on International Humanitarian Law and Maritime Law Enforcement Issues

Eric Steinmyller is a consultant and trainer on international humanitarian law and maritime law enforcement issues in military and civil academies.

Julia Raue

Transitional Justice Adviser, Sri Lanka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dr Julia Raue is the Transitional Justice Adviser for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Sri Lanka. She is also a guest lecturer at the Europa-Institut, Saarland University.

Nicolas Mansfield

Director of Legal Programs at the East-West Management Institute

As Director of Legal Programs at the East-West Management Institute (EWMI), Nicolas Mansfielfd is responsible for designing and managing rule of law programmes in developing countries.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Dorsey and Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and Professor of Law at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is recognized as a leading expert in the fields of international law, human rights law, national security law, transitional justice and feminist legal theory.

Nanci Adler

Professor of Memory, History, and Transitional Justice at the University of Amsterdam and Director of Research at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies

Nanci Adler is Professor of Memory, History, and Transitional Justice at the University of Amsterdam and Director of Research at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies

Christoph J. M. Safferling

Professor at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Christoph J. M. Safferling is Professor at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he holds the chair for criminal law, criminal procedure, and international law.

David Tolbert

President of the International Center for Transitional Justice

David Tolbert is recognized as a leading expert in international justice issues.

Pablo de Greiff

UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence

Pablo de Greiff has published extensively on transitions to democracy, democratic theory and the relationship between morality, politics and law.

Mô Bleeker

Special Envoy and Head of the Task Force for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, and Special Envoy on Peace and Human Security, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Mô Bleeker has worked for more than 35 years in societies engaged in a process of transition from war to peace in Central America, Colombia, the Balkans, South and South East Asia, Central Asia, Central, North and West Africa.

Pierre Hazan

Special Adviser on Transitional Justice at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Editorial Adviser at JusticeInfo.net and Associate Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

Pierre Hazan a leading expert in transitional justice, international justice, humanitarian action and the role of media in conflict, post-conflict and crisis zones.

Alex Conte

Senior Law and Policy Adviser, ICJ Global Redress and Accountability Initiative

Alex Conte is a senior law and policy adviser at the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an NGO dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights through the rule of law.

Norbert Wühler

Leading Expert on Large-Scale Compensation and Property Restitution Programmes

Norbert Wühler is a leading expert on large-scale compensation and property restitution programmes and Chair of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Appeal Board.

Elisabeth Baumgartner

Co-Head of the Dealing with the Past Programme at Swisspeace

Elisabeth Baumgartner is a lawyer specialized in international criminal law and transitional justice. Since 2011, she is the co-head of the Dealing with the Past programme at swisspeace.

Merilin Piipuu

Managing Director of the Museum of Occupations in Tallinn

Merilin Piipuu is the Managing Director of the Museum of Occupations in Tallinn, Estonia

Juan José Lozano

Swiss-Colombian Author and Filmmaker

Juan José Lozano is a Swiss-Colombian Author and Filmmaker. His films tell stories linked to human rights violations, justice and impunity.

Clara Ramírez-Barat

Director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation’s Educational Policies Programme

Clara Ramírez-Barat is the Director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation’s Educational Policies Programme (AIPR).

Annyssa Bellal

Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law

Annyssa Bellal's areas of expertise include public international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and armed non-state actors.

Adriana Bessa

Research Fellow

Adriana Bessa's research areas include the rights of traditional local communities, the draft declaration on the rights of peasants and the right to food.

Joanna Bourke Martignoni

Research Fellow

Joanna Bourke Martignoni's research areas include the right to food, land commercialization, climate change, the right to education and gender equality.

Jérôme de Hemptinne

Lecturer at the Universities of Louvain, Strasbourg and Lille, and Researcher at the Geneva Academy

Jérôme de Hemptinne's research focuses on modes of liability for international crimes, the qualification of armed conflicts and institutional aspects of international criminal courts and tribunals.

Christophe Golay

Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Christophe Golay's expertise notably relates to economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and the rights of peasants.

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

Research Fellow

Her areas of expertise include legal anthropology, international human rights, the history of human rights, migration and the UN treaty body system.

Sandra Krähenmann

Research Fellow

Sandra Krähenmann's research focuses on the theory and practice of international law that applies in armed conflict and other situations of violence.

Alice Priddy

Researcher

Alice Priddy's current main research areas concern the rights of persons with disabilities during and in the immediate aftermath of armed conflict.

Hélène Ramos dos Santos

Research Fellow

Helene Ramos dos Santos is the Senior Fellow–UN Liaison Officer in Geneva for the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

Claire Simmons

Researcher

Claire Simmons conducts research on investigations in situations of armed conflict under the directorship of Professor Noam Lubell, Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy.

Thomas Unger

Researcher and Co-Director of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Thomas Unger has more than 15 year of expertise in the field of transitional justice, notably as the former Senior Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

Valentina Cadelo

Academic Coordinator and Teaching Assistant for the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Her research focuses on international human rights law and transitional justice and particularly concerns reparation for gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law.

Richard Lapper

Visiting Researcher

Richard Lapper is a Visiting Researcher at the Geneva Academy. His research, undertaken as part of the UN sabbatical leave programme, focuses on corruption as a violation of human rights.

Antonio Coco

Teaching Assistant

Antonio Coco is a teaching assistant at the Geneva Academy and a Ph.D candidate at the University of Geneva, where he is writing his dissertation entitled ‘Understanding International Criminal Law through an Analysis of the Defence of Mistake of Law’.

George Dvaladze

Teaching Assistant

George Dvaladze's research focuses on international humanitarian law and international human rights law, in particular the principle of equality and non-discrimination in armed conflict.

Tom Gal

Teaching Assistant

Tom Gal's research focuses on the territorial control of non-state armed groups and its implications in international law.

Tadesse Kebebew

Teaching Assistant

Tadesse Kebebew's research focuses on issues related to the applicability and application of international humanitarian law to international organizations engaged in peacekeeping operations.

Pavle Kilibarda

Teaching Assistant

Pavle Kilibarda's research focuses on general issues of public international law, particularly statehood recognition and the rights and obligations of states.

Patryk Labuda

Teaching Assistant

Patryk Labuda's research focuses on the impact of international criminal tribunals on domestic judicial reform in conflict-affected states.

Erin Maher

Teaching Assistant

Erin Maher's research focuses on legal frameworks governing refugee resettlement.   

Jean-Baptiste Maillart

Teaching Assistant

Jean-Baptiste Maillart's research focuses on the principle of territoriality in the context of cybercrime.

Joshua Niyo

Teaching Assistant

Joshua Niyo's research focuses on the norms, principles and contemporary challenges regarding territorial control by armed-non state actors in non-international armed conflicts.

Domenico Zipoli

Research Assistant

Domenico Zipoli is currently investigating the impact and modes of influence which National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) engagement has on treaty body recommendations; and the impact and modes of influence which NHRI engagement with the UN human rights treaty bodies has on domestic human rights standards.