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.

Frank Haldemann

Co-Director of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Frank Haldemann's expertise and research focus on transitional justice, human rights and legal philosophy.

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.

Thomas Unger

Co-Director of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Thomas Unger has more than 15 year of expertise in the field of transitional justice, notably as the former Senior Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

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.

Christof Heyns

Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria

Christof Heyns is recognized internationally as a leading expert in the field of international human rights law, including right to life issues and regional human rights mechanisms, and has published widely on these matters.

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.

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.

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).

Sarah M.H. Nouwen

Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge

Trained in both international law and international relations, Dr Sarah Nouwen works on the intersections of law and politics, war and peace and justice and the rule of law.

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 a member and the Vice-President 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.

Salvatore Zappalà

Professor of International Law at the University of Catania School of Law

Salvatore Zappalà is Professor of international law and a leading expert in international criminal law and procedure.

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.

Rama Mani

Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies and Councillor at the World Future Council

Rama Mani is an expert in international peace and security, a poet and performance artist.

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).

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

Thematic 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.

Nicolas Mansfield

Director of Legal Programs at the East-West Management Institute

As Director of Legal Programs at the East-West Management Institute (EWMI), Nicolas Mansfielfd is responsible for designing and managing rule of law programmes in developing countries.

Julia Raue

Transitional Justice Adviser, Sri Lanka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dr Julia Raue works at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as Transitional Justice Adviser and is a Guest Lecturer at the Europa-Institut at Saarland University.

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.

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.

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.

Invited Lecturers

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Dorsey and Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and Professor of Law at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is recognized as a leading expert in the fields of international law, human rights law, national security law, transitional justice and feminist legal theory.

Cécile Aptel

Director of the Policy, Strategy and Knowledge Department at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

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.

Evelyne Schmid

Associate Professor of international law at the Université de Lausanne

Evelyne Schmid's research interests include positive obligations in international law, economic and social rights, in particular during armed conflicts and their aftermath, and international law and domestic law-making, particularly in multi-level systems.

Pádraig McAuliffe

Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool

Dr Pádraig McAuliffe's research interests include transitional justice, the rule of law and the legibility of neopatrimonial practices in transitional justice and international human rights institutions.

Christoph J. M. Safferling

Professor at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Christoph J. M. Safferling is Professor at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he holds the chair for criminal law, criminal procedure, and international law.

Mô Bleeker

Special Envoy and Head of the Task Force for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, and Special Envoy on Peace and Human Security, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Mô Bleeker has worked for more than 35 years in societies engaged in a process of transition from war to peace in Central America, Colombia, the Balkans, South and South East Asia, Central Asia, Central, North and West Africa.

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.

Pierre Hazan

Special Adviser on Transitional Justice at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Editorial Adviser at JusticeInfo.net and Associate Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

Pierre Hazan a leading expert in transitional justice, international justice, humanitarian action and the role of media in conflict, post-conflict and crisis zones.

Elisabeth Baumgartner

Co-Head of the Dealing with the Past Programme at Swisspeace

Elisabeth Baumgartner is a lawyer specialized in international criminal law and transitional justice. Since 2011, she is the co-head of the Dealing with the Past programme at swisspeace.

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.

George Dvaladze

Teaching Assistant

George Dvaladze's research focuses on international humanitarian law and international human rights law, in particular the principle of equality and non-discrimination in armed conflict.

Lukas Hafner

Teaching Assistant

Lukas Hafner's research focuses on military planning and preparations under international humanitarian law.

Öykü Irmakkesen

Teaching Assistant

Öykü Irmakkesen's research focuses on international humanitarian law, international human rights law and theory of rights.

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.

Joshua Niyo

Teaching Assistant

Joshua Niyo's research focuses on the norms, principles and contemporary challenges regarding territorial control by armed-non state actors in non-international armed conflicts.

Alessandra Spadaro

Teaching Assistant

Alessandra Spadaro studies how international law regulates various instances of deprivation of liberty by armed groups.

Ana Srovin Coralli

Teaching Assistant

Ana Srovin Coralli's research explores evidentiary issues in international sexual crime cases