Our Events

Public events and expert seminars are a key part of our activities.

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We run various private and public events – conferences, workshops, seminars, roundtables – providing a critical and scholarly forum for discussion around topical issues. The livestreaming of flagship events allows audiences outside Geneva to follow debates and participate via social media. Most public events can also be viewed afterwards via our YouTube channel.

IHL Talks

The IHL Talks are a series of events on international humanitarian law and current humanitarian topics. Every two months, at lunchtime, academic experts, practitioners, policy-makers and journalists discuss burning humanitarian issues and their regulation under international law. This Initiative is coordinated by Annyssa Bellal.

Current Issues in Armed Conflict Annual Conference

This annual conference, co-organized with the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, provides a space for experts and practitioners, diplomats, academics, and civil society representatives to discuss the legal and policy issues that have arisen in the past and current year in relation to armed conflicts situations. Its content is modelled after the latest edition of the War Report.

Geneva Academy Wednesdays

Geneva Academy Wednesdays (GAW) are a platform coordinated by Geneva Academy researchers and teaching assistants – currently Sandra Krähenmann and Tom Gal – to foster debate and discussion between academics and practitioners on different aspects of international law or international relations. Taking place on Wednesdays, GAW have three different formats:

  1. PhD research roundtables provide an opportunity for PhD students to present and share their ongoing research and receive constructive feedback from other PhD students in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. These roundtables are not open to the public. If you are a PhD student who wishes to present, please contact the GAW coordinators.
  2. Interactive discussions allow researchers, professors and experts to have an open and constructive intellectual exchange on the international law aspects of issues and policies that shape the international agenda.
  3. Guest lectures by leading scholars address ongoing controversies in international law, often against the background of current events.

GAW are bilingual, with presentations and discussions in French or English. Snacks and refreshments are provided afterwards.

  • Subscribe to the GAW mailing list: GAW[at]geneva-academy.ch
  • Suggest a GAW topic or contact the coordinators: GAW[at]geneva-academy.ch
  • Follow GAW news on Twitter: @Geneva_Academy with the hashtag #GAWednesdays

Military Briefings

The Military Briefings, a unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law, aim to improve our students’ knowledge of military actors and operations and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds. Military guests – on active duty, retired or from the reserve – will discuss military institutions, their missions as well as operational and legal challenges they face in their daily work. Each briefing is divided into two parts: a presentation aimed at equipping students with basic knowledge on the selected theme, and a discussion, where the guest speaker engages with students on the challenges raised by the theme. This initiative is coordinated by Pavle Kilibarda.

The Military Briefings address six themes:

  1. Military organization and operational decision-making
  2. Operational law
  3. Integration of the law in military training
  4. Practical examples of legal challenges in operations
  5. Military justice
  6. Weapons systems

Platform on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

The platform on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is designed to bring together policymakers and practitioners from governments, international organizations, NGOs, the military, law enforcement and academia to address the thread, use and consequences of the worldwide employment of IEDs, and to advance the international agenda for countering them. Partners include the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). An expert form Chatham House has also been participating, since the inception of the platform, in conceptualizing its substance.

The objective is to lead informal discussions for future international action to address IEDs and their impact, building on the ‘Food for Thought’ paper circulated by the Co-Coordinators on IEDs of the Informal Group of Experts under Amended Protocol II of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), as well as other existing resources.The platform also aims at acting as a bridge builder between Geneva and New-York (Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and UN General Assembly) and between all UN agencies active in countering IEDs.

Annual meetings of the platform are conducted under Villa Moynier Rules – more restrictive than the Chatham House Rule – to allow full cooperation and a higher degree of informality and interactivity among participants.

This initiative is coordinated by Kamelia Kemileva.

Experts at the annual seminar on use of force and less lethal weapons News

Experts and Law Enforcement Practitioners Discuss New Standards on the Use of Less Lethal Weapons

6 July 2018

Last week, at our annual seminar held in the context of the Geneva Human Rights Platform and its focus on the use of force, participants discussed human rights challenges related to the use of less-lethal weapons and the development of new international standards.

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Portrait of Yuval Shany News

Professor Yuval Shany is the New Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Committee

5 July 2018

Yuval Shany is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also teaches human rights in the Geneva Academy’s LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

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Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals

26 September 2018, 18:30-20:00

This public conference provides an opportunity to discuss the contributions of UN human rights mechanisms to the monitoring of the SDGs that seek to realize ESCR and their collaboration with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.&am

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