3 September 2018
Professor Marco Sassòli has been appointed as the new Director of the Geneva Academy. He takes up this role following the retirement of Professor Robert Roth.
A renowned scholar in international humanitarian law (IHL), Marco Sassòli has been Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva Law Faculty since 2004 and has been teaching IHL at the Geneva Academy since this time. He is Associate Professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal (Canada), Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists and Special Advisor (pro bono) on IHL to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and has previously worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as Deputy Head of its Legal Division in Geneva and Head of Delegation in the field.
Marco Sassòli has published widely on IHL, international human rights law (IHRL), international criminal law, the sources of international law, the responsibility of states and non-state actors and Swiss constitutional law.
He replaces Robert Roth who is retiring after four years of dedicated leadership. Under his guidance the Geneva Academy launched a new Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, successfully undertook more than twenty research projects, including flagships projects on the modes of liability in international criminal law and disability in armed conflict, and convened more than 170 expert meetings, seminars, conferences and events that provided a critical and scholarly forum to address topical issues in IHL, IHRL, international criminal law and transitional justice.
The Geneva Academy is a joint centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva.
The Geneva Conventions turn 70 today. As an academic institution, we work every day to uphold knowledge of and respect for international humanitarian law and thus protect people affected by armed conflicts.
Students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law just arrived at the Geneva Academy for a busy orientation week before courses start next week.
This event marks the launch in Geneva of the book International Humanitarian Law and Non-State Actors: Debates, Law and Practice.
This short course discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
After having provided academic support to the negotiation of the UN Declaration for ten years, this research project focuses on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.