15 March 2022
Professor Marco Sassòli has been appointed on 15 March as one of three experts – along with Professor Wolfgang Benedek and Professor Veronika Bílková – on a mission to investigate violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) in Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
This mission is conducted under the Moscow Mechanism and at the request of 45 participating States. The report by the three experts will have to be submitted within three weeks after the establishment of the mission.
‘I hope that we will able to make a first impartial assessment whether and to what extent IHL and IHRL have been violated in this armed conflict that has led to so much suffering and attention. I count on the understanding of the media that I cannot provide any information on the mission before the report is submitted to the OSCE’ explains Professor Sassòli.
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Professor Marco Sassòli is a renowned scholar in IHL and our former Director. He has been a Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva Law Faculty since 2004 and has been teaching IHL at the Geneva Academy – in our LLM in IHL and Human Rights – since that time.
From 1985 to 1997, he worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, notably as Deputy Head of its Legal Division, Head of the ICRC delegations in Jordan and Syria and as Protection Coordinator for the former Yugoslavia.
Marco Sassòli has published widely on IHL, IHRL, international criminal law, the sources of international law, the responsibility of states and non-state actors and Swiss constitutional law.
Our podcast In and Around War(s) returns for a second season of conversations with our alumni on topical issues related to wars.
As every year and in the framework of the IHL core course given by Professor Marco Sassòli, 16 students of our LLM in IHL and Human Rights pleaded on the 2014 armed conflict in and around Gaza.
In a conversation with our Director Professor Gloria Gaggioli, Peter Maurer will share insights from his career as the former President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Organized by the Geneva Academy and the ICRC, the Advanced IHL seminar for academics and humanitarian policymakers aims to enhance the capacity of academics to teach and research IHL and contemporary issues arising during armed conflict, while also equipping policymakers with an in-depth understanding of ongoing legal debates and their relevance to decision-making.
This project will develop guidance to inform security, human rights and environmental debates on the linkages between environmental rights and conflict, and how their better management can serve as a tool in conflict prevention, resilience and early warning.
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The IHL-EP works to strengthen the capacity of human rights mechanisms to incorporate IHL into their work in an efficacious and comprehensive manner. By so doing, it aims to address the normative and practical challenges that human rights bodies encounter when dealing with cases in which IHL applies.