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  /  Public International Law

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

Her areas of expertise include public international law, IHL, international human rights law and armed non-state actors. She edited and authored the War Report 2014 (Oxford University Press, 2015) and 2016 (Geneva Academy) and is the author of several articles on various IHL and human rights law issues, including an award-winning article on ‘International Law and Armed Non-State Actors in Afghanistan’ (International Review of the Red Cross, 2011, SNIS Geneva Award 2011).

Dr Bellal formerly worked as a legal adviser for the Swiss NGO Geneva Call, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She was also an Assistant Professor in public international law 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.

Dr Bellal was awarded several fellowships for her research, notably from McGill University (O’Brien Fellow in Residence), New York University (Hauser Global Law School Research Fellow) and the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development (Albert Gallatin Research Fellow).

Taught Courses and Research Projects

Central African Republic, Ouham province, village of Ouogo. International Humanitarian Law dissemination session to members of the Peoples' Army for the Restoration of Democracy. Project

From Words to Deeds: Exploring the Practice of Armed Non-State Actors and its Impact on the Implementation of International Law

This project aims to understand and study the practice and views of armed non-state actors on key norms of international humanitarian law and human rights law.

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A wheelchair completely destroyed after the bombing of a civilian area Project

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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Libya, Misrata, Tripoli Street. After a battle between members of the armed opposition and government forces. Project

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-étatiques 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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Cover of the War Report 2016

The War Report 2016

March 2017

Annyssa Bellal

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Cover of Justice Mosaics. How context shape Transitional Justice in Fractured Societies

'Non-State Armed Groups in Transitional Justice Processes: Adapting to New Realities of Conflict

April 2017

Annyssa Bellal

International Center for Transitional Justice

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Cover of Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 2015

'Beyond the Pale? Engaging the Islamic State on International Humanitarian Law

July 2016

Annyssa Bellal

Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 2015

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Cover of the The 1949 Geneva Conventions. A Commentary

Who is wounded and sick

December -0001

Annyssa Bellal, in Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, Marco Sassoli (eds), The 1949 Geneva Conventions. A Commentary

Oxford University Press

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