Marco Sassòli

Marco Sassòli

Director of the Geneva Academy and Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  International Human Rights Law  /  Armed Non-State Actors  /  State Responsibility

Marco Sassòli is the Director of the Geneva Academy since August 2018 and Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva since 2004. He is also a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) since 2013 and Special Advisor (pro bono) on international humanitarian law (IHL) to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

He has published widely on IHL, human rights law, international criminal law, the sources of international law, the responsibility of states and non-state actors and Swiss constitutional law. He is recognized as a leading expert in IHL.

Professor Sassòli was Director of the Department of Public International Law and International Organization at the University of Geneva from 2009–2016. From 2001–2003, he taught at the Université du Québec à Montreal, where he remains an associate professor.

From 1985–1997 he worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), notably as Deputy Head of its Legal Division, Head of the ICRC delegations in Jordan and Syria and as Protection Coordinator for the former Yugoslavia. During his sabbatical in 2011, he rejoined the ICRC as a legal adviser to its delegation in Islamabad.

Professor Sassòli has also served as Executive Secretary of the ICJ, a registrar at the Swiss Supreme Court and Chair of the Board of Geneva Call, an NGO that promotes respect for humanitarian norms among armed non-state actors.

Taught Courses

Afghanistan, Khandahar. After a road bomb destroyed a US Army vehicle, troops are patrolling the area to look for clues. LLM - Course

International Humanitarian Law

The aim of this course is to provide students with the legal knowledge and the analytical and argumentative skills necessary to understand and interpret the rules of international humanitarian law and to apply them to facts of international reality.

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East Timor, Dili, burnt houses Executive Master - Course

The Law of Non-International Armed Conflicts

This course discusses the protection offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs). It examines why and to what extent IHL of international armed conflicts and IHL of NIACs are different or similar, as well as where the rules applicable to NIACs can be found. The course also addresses some problems and controversies specific to IHL of NIACs, including the difficulty to ensure the respect of IHL by armed non-state actors.

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Short Course

The Law of Non-International Armed Conflicts

This short course discusses the protection offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) and addresses some problems and controversies specific to IHL of NIACs, including the difficulty to ensure the respect of IHL by armed non-state actors.

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Publications

Cover of the book How Does Law Protect in War?

Online Case Book: How Does Law Protect in War?

2018

Marco Sassòli, Antoine Bouvier, Anne Quintin

ICRC (Regularly Updated)

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Cover of The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary

The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary

October 2015

Marco Sassòli, Paola Gaeta

Oxford University Press

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Challenges to International Humanitarian Law

January 2015

Marco Sassòli, Yvette Issar, in Von Arnaud, Matz-Lück and Odendahl (eds), 100 Years of Peace Through Law: Past and Future

Duncker & Humblot

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Cover of the book Völkerrecht/Droit international public, Aide-mémoire, 2nd ed

Völkerrecht/Droit international public, Aide-mémoire, 2nd ed

June 2013

Marco Sassòli, Andreas Ziegler, Samantha Besson, Stephan Breitenmoser

Schulthess

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