9 October 2018
Two alumni of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM), Dražan Djukić and Niccolò Pons, are the editors of an important volume on international humanitarian law (IHL) that has just been published by Brill Publishers.
The Companion to International Humanitarian Law discusses, via seven essays, the contemporary challenges to implementing IHL and covers, via 263 entries, the vast majority of IHL concepts, starting with ‘Abandoned Explosive Ordnance’ and ending with ‘Wounded and Sick’.
‘Working in the field of international criminal justice, what struck us was the absence of a book that collected all major IHL notions in a single volume, accessible enough to quickly enable a variety of users to familiarize themselves with IHL issues in their daily work and sufficiently comprehensive to allow more demanding users to conduct further research’ stress Dražan Djukić, Associate Legal Officer at the Pre-Trial Division of the International Criminal Court and Niccolò Pons, Associate Legal Officer at the Registry’s Chambers Legal Support Unit of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.
‘The project proved to be an amazing experience since we benefitted from the advice of very experienced colleagues and we were lucky enough to secure contributions from a range of amazing authors. We hope that the Companion to International Humanitarian Law contributes to further improving the understanding and application of IHL’ they add.
Besides the two editors, several Geneva Academy’s alumni, researchers, teaching assistants and Faculty members, including Vincent Chetail, Gabriella Citroni, Antonio Coco, Alex Conte, George Dvaladze, Gloria Gaggioli, Robert Kolb, Sandra Krähenmann, Elvina Pothelet, Alice Priddy and Nils Melzer, contributed to the volume by writing entries on key IHL concepts.
Of the seven essays that address contemporary challenges to IHL, Alessandra Spadaro, Teaching Assistant in our LLM and in our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict and PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, wrote one of them on IHL in the jurisprudence of international criminal tribunals and courts. Etienne Kuster, an alumnus of our LLM and Adviser for relations with academic circles at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), wrote another essay on promoting the teaching of IHL in Universities, based on ICRC’s experience.
‘I am full of admiration for our alumni who manage simultaneously to apply what they learned in practice and to develop it in scholarly writings. This is an ideal example of how the Geneva Academy can contribute to a world in which international humanitarian law is better respected, applied and understood’ underlines Marco Sassòli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
The Senegalese government is engaged in a decades-old non-international armed conflict (NIAC) in Casamance. Our RULAC online portal provides a detailed analysis and legal classification of this NIAC, including information about parties to the conflict, its classification as a NIAC and applicable international law.
Lisa Borden, a practising trial lawyer in the US for 30 years and currently enrolled in our LLM tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
Robin Geiß, Swiss Chair of IHL at the Geneva Academy, will explore the disruptive potential of new military technologies with a focus on those areas where these technologies could fall through the cracks of the international legal order.
This event marks the launch in Geneva of the book International Humanitarian Law and Non-State Actors: Debates, Law and Practice.
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This short course provides an introduction to the regime of sanctions under international law and their effectiveness in addressing contemporary forms of conflict. It addresses the questions related to state responsibility, the pacific settlement of international disputes and the role of the International Court of Justice.
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.
This project intends to clarify the conditions of accountability for international crimes by providing a detailed assessment of the customary international law status of, in particular, the actus reus and mens rea elements of modes of liability: planning, instigating, conspiracy, direct and indirect perpetration, co-perpetration, the three forms of joint criminal enterprise, the doctrine of common purpose under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, command responsibility and aiding and abetting.
This project, initiated in 2014 by the Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law, Professor Noam Lubell, intends to identify, via expert meetings and research, a set of best practices that states should apply when they investigate or examine alleged violations or misconduct in situations of armed conflict.