Faculty

Our students have the opportunity to be taught by leading academics in the fields of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law and transitional justice

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Professors and Lecturers

Gloria Gaggioli

Director of the Geneva Academy and Associate/SNF Professor at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva

Gloria Gaggioli is a renowned scholar in international humanitarian law and human rights and has published widely in various fields of public international law.

Marco Sassòli

Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva

Marco Sassòli has published widely on international humanitarian law (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.

Paola Gaeta

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Paola Gaeta is a leading expert on international criminal law and international criminal courts and tribunals, and has published widely on these issues.

Andrew Clapham

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Andrew Clapham is an expert in international law, international human rights law and international humanitarian law. His current research focuses on the concept of war.

Robert Kolb

Professor of Public International Law at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva

Robert Kolb is a leading expert in international law and international humanitarian law and has published several books and articles on these topics.

Vincent Chetail

President of the Board and Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Vincent Chetail's areas of research relate to refugee and migrant law, humanitarian law and human rights, international criminal law, collective security and peacekeeping.

Andrea Bianchi

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Andrea Bianchi's work focuses on topics that range from international law theory, international human rights law, security and counter-terrorism, the law of jurisdiction and jurisdictional immunities to state responsibility and the law of treaties.

Neus Torbisco-Casals

Visiting Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Neus Torbisco-Casals' primary research areas are human rights, minority rights and theories of justice, anti-discrimination law and policy, gender equality and cultural diversity.

Giovanni Distefano

Professor of International Law at the University of Neuchatel

Giovanni Distefano's areas of research and expertise include public international law, the law of treaties, state responsibility and use of force.

Nils Melzer

Swiss Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy , Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow and UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Nils Melzer is Swiss Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy, Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow and UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

William A. Schabas

Professor of International Law at Middlesex University, London

Recognized as a leading expert on international human rights law, international criminal law, genocide and capital punishment, William A. Schabas is the author of more than 20 books and 350 journal articles on these issues.

Gabriella Citroni

Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca

Gabriella Citroni's research focuses on subjects related to international human rights law and she cooperates with a number of NGOs, providing legal assistance to victims of serious human rights violations and their relatives.

Sévane Garibian

Swiss National Science Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Geneva and Adjunct Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

Sévane Garibian's work focuses on issues related to the role of law in addressing state-sponsored crimes, impunity for mass crimes, international criminal law, transitional justice, human rights, the history of international criminal law and philosophy of law.

Clara Sandoval

Professor at the University of Essex School of Law and Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network

Clara Sandoval is a leading expert in transitional justice, the Inter-American System of Human Rights, legal theory, business and human rights, reparations, guarantees of non-repetition and implementation of human rights orders and recommendations.

Damien Scalia

Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles

Damien Scalia is Professor in Criminal and Prison Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles, and invited Professor in International Criminal Law at the Université de Lausanne.

Julia Viebach

Senior Lecturer in the School for Social Policy Studies at University of Bristol

Her research focuses on violence, memory and transitional justice with a focus on post-genocide Rwanda and more recently South Africa.

Brandon Hamber

Professor and John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University

Professor Brandon Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE).

Olivier de Frouville

Professor of Public Law at the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas) and Director of the Paris Human Rights Center

Olivier de Frouville is also the Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances

Tarcisio Gazzini

Professor of international law at the University of East Anglia

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.

Andreas Ziegler

Professor of International Law at the University of Lausanne

Andreas Ziegler regularly advises governments, international organizations, NGOs and private clients and represents them before various domestic and international courts and arbitral tribunals.

Giulio Bartolini

Associate Professor of International Law at Roma Tre University

Giulio Bartolini is Associate Professor of International Law at Roma Tre University where he is also responsible for the IHL Legal Clinic.

Lindsey Cameron

Head of Thematic Legal Advisers, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross

Lindsey Cameron has published a number of books and articles on international humanitarian law. 

Jérôme de Hemptinne

Lecturer at the University of Louvain, Sciences-Po Paris, and the University Catholic of Lille

Jérôme de Hemptinne's research focuses on modes of liability for international crimes, the qualification of armed conflicts and institutional aspects of international criminal courts and tribunals.

Ahmed Al-Dawoody

Legal Adviser for Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Dr Ahmed Al-Dawoody is the Legal Adviser for Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Alessandro Chechi

Senior Researcher at the University of Geneva and Lecturer in public international law at the Université Catholique of Lille

Currently, his main research areas cover international law, international cultural heritage law, dispute settlement, international organizations, human rights, transitional justice, and the law of international immunities.

Katia Papagianni

Director, Policy and Mediation Support, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Katia Papagianni specializes in the design of peace processes and, more specifically, in national dialogues and constitution-making processes.

Sandra Krähenmann

Senior Policy and Legal Adviser, Geneva Call

Dr Sandra Krähenmann conducts legal research on the impact of counter-terrorism on human rights law and international humanitarian law, during the last two years with a particular focus on measures to stem the so-called foreign fighter phenomenon

Alex Conte

Executive Director, Child Rights Connect

Alex Conte is a senior law and policy adviser at the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an NGO dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights through the rule of law.

Howard Varney

Practicing Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar and Senior Programme Adviser at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)

Howard Varney's areas of expertise include investigations, prosecutions, institutional reform and reparations.

Cécile Aptel

Deputy Director, UNIDIR

As a leading expert in international criminal justice, transitional justice and child rights, Cécile Aptel has over 20 years’ experience in legal, policy and humanitarian matters.

Annyssa Bellal

Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law

Annyssa Bellal's areas of expertise include public international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and armed non-state actors.

Invited Lecturers

Norbert Wühler

Leading Expert on Large-Scale Compensation and Property Restitution Programmes

Norbert Wühler is a leading expert on large-scale compensation and property restitution programmes and Chair of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Appeal Board.

Colonel Pascal Levant

Military Advisor at the Permanent Mission of France to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

Colonel Pascal Levant has been appointed military advisor of the Permanent mission of France to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva in August 2018.

Molly Kovite

IHL Attorney

Molly Kovite is the Registered In-House Council at the Open Philanthropy and a Judge Advocate with the US Army Reserves.

Teaching Assistants

Agustina Becerra Vazquez

Teaching Assistant

Agustina Becerra Vazquez's research explores restorative justice and international human rights law.

Tafadzwa Christmas

Teaching Assistant

His research explores the jurisprudential and operational parameters of the right to truth in Africa as seen through an international human rights law lens.

Cyprien Fluzin

Teaching Assistant

Cyprien Fluzin's research focuses on international legal issues arising from the participation of foreign ‘terrorist’ fighters in the armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Ilya Ivanov

Teaching Assistant

His research focuses on how non-binding, or soft law, norms become binding rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

Tadesse Kebebew

Teaching Assistant

Tadesse Kebebew's research focuses on issues related to the applicability and application of international humanitarian law to international organizations engaged in peacekeeping operations.

Pavle Kilibarda

Teaching Assistant

Pavle Kilibarda's research focuses on general issues of public international law, particularly statehood recognition and the rights and obligations of states.

Yulia Mogutova

Teaching Assistant

Yulia Mogutova's research focuses on the management of natural resources in armed conflicts.

Katia Rosenblat

Teaching Assistant

Katia Rosenblat's research focuses on extraterritorial jurisdiction for human rights violations committed in the context of extractive industries.

Ana Srovin Coralli

Teaching Assistant

Ana Srovin Coralli's research explores Responsibility for Atrocity Crimes and Omissions.

Revaz Tkemaladze

Teaching Assistant

Revaz Tkemaladze's current research focuses on the challenges of State and individual accountability for hostilities-related violations and war crimes.