Our Events

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

Geneva Academy's event on human rights defenders Geneva Academy's event on human rights defenders

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, Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on IHL.

Geneva Academy Wednesdays

Geneva Academy Wednesdays (GAW) are a platform coordinated by Geneva Academy researchers and teaching assistants to foster debate and discussion between academics and practitioners on different aspects of international law or international relations.

This initiative was launched by Antonio Coco and Patryk Labuda, former teaching assistants at the Geneva Academy, and is currently coordinated by Sandra Krähenmann and Tom Gal.

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.

The Six Themes Addressed in the Series

  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

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 Elvina Pothelet.

Syria, Aleppo, Al-Kallaseh district. The remains of an ambulance in the debris. Event

Current Issues in Armed Conflicts

29-30 June 2017

This one and a half-day conference, organized by the Geneva Academy and the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, will address contemporary issues in armed conflicts.

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Roundtable discussion during the Regional Consultation for North America and the English Speaking Caribbean on the Future of the UN Treaty Body System News

A Regional Consultation for North America and the English Speaking Caribbean on the Future of the UN Treaty Body System

12 June 2017

In the context of our Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, Columbia University hosted the regional consultation for North America and the English speaking Caribbean on 1-2 June 2017.

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Coverpage of the 2016 Annual Report News

2016 Annual Report

12 June 2017

Our 2016 Annual Report is out! It provides an overview of our activities and achievements.

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