16 April - 28 May 2021
Application start 4 September 2020
Application end 2 April 2021
Fee: 1250 Swiss Francs
This short course provides an overview of the evolution of the rules governing the use of force in international law, focusing on military intervention on humanitarian grounds, the fight against international terrorism and the features as well as the shortcomings of the United Nations (UN) collective security system. It also addresses the concept of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P), as it has been developed by the UN General Assembly and put into effect by the UN Security Council and the members of the organization.
It analyses both the positive and problematic dimensions of the developments concerning R2P, with particular reference to the situations in Libya and Syria. It finally discusses the theory allegedly permitting the use of unilateral force against states ‘unwilling and unable’ to prevent terrorist activities within their territories.
The course can be followed in Geneva or online. Please note that the number of places to follow the course in Geneva is limited.
This course forms part of the Geneva Academy Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.
Courses take place on:
The fee for this short course is 1,250 Swiss Francs. In case of cancellation by the participants, CHF 200 won't be returned.
Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).
Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.
Tarcisio Gazzini is Professor of international law at the University of East Anglia. His research focuses on the use of force in international law, foreign investment law, human rights law, international organizations and economic sanctions.
Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini
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