Our Events

Public events and expert seminars are a key part of our activities.

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We run various private and public events – conferences, workshops, seminars, roundtables – providing a critical and scholarly forum for discussion around topical issues. The livestreaming of flagship events allows audiences outside Geneva to follow debates and participate via social media. Most public events can also be viewed afterwards via our YouTube channel.

IHL Talks

The IHL Talks are a series of events on international humanitarian law and current humanitarian topics. Every two months, at lunchtime, academic experts, practitioners, policy-makers and journalists discuss burning humanitarian issues and their regulation under international law. This Initiative is coordinated by Émilie Max

Current Issues in Armed Conflict Annual Conference

This annual conference, co-organized with the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, provides a space for experts and practitioners, diplomats, academics, and civil society representatives to discuss the legal and policy issues that have arisen in the past and current year in relation to armed conflicts situations. Its content is modelled after the latest edition of the War Report.

Military Briefings

The Military Briefings, a unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law, aim to improve our students’ knowledge of military actors and operations and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds. Military guests – on active duty, retired or from the reserve – will discuss military institutions, their missions as well as operational and legal challenges they face in their daily work. Each briefing is divided into two parts: a presentation aimed at equipping students with basic knowledge on the selected theme, and a discussion, where the guest speaker engages with students on the challenges raised by the theme. This initiative is coordinated by Öykü Irmakkesen and Pavle Kilibarda.

The Military Briefings address six themes:

  1. Military organization and operational decision-making
  2. Operational law
  3. Integration of the law in military training
  4. Practical examples of legal challenges in operations
  5. Military justice
  6. Weapons systems

Geneva Academy Wednesdays

The Geneva Academy Wednesdays (GAWs) are a platform coordinated by a group of Geneva Academy teaching assistants – George Dvalaze and Alessandra Spadaro – to foster the exchange of ideas and the creation of a scholarly network among PhD students from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva who conduct research on areas within the scientific focus of the Geneva Academy (i.e. international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law, international refugee law, transitional justice, selected public international law topics, etc.).

The GAWs take place on Wednesdays in the format of roundtables closed to the general public. One or more PhD students from the Graduate Institute or the University of Geneva can present their ideas, outlines, working papers or draft thesis chapters in an informal way and receive constructive feedback on them from their peers (and, optionally, from a main discussant) in a respectful and welcoming setting.

Those interested in presenting their work and/or in attending the next series of GAWs can subscribe to the GAW mailing list. The organizers can be contacted for specific questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Geneva Human Rights Platform in 2020

24 January 2020

In 2020, the Geneva Human Rights Platform will continue to work on the connectivity of human rights mechanisms, broadening the scope by also looking at the connectivity of Geneva-based human rights bodies with regional mechanisms in Africa, the Americas and Europe.

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Meet our Researchers: Émilie Max

20 January 2020

Émilie Max is one of our researchers. She tells us about her background, the research projects she works on and why she decided to work in this field.

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ESIL Lecture: Disruptive Military Technologies

26 February 2020, 14:00-16:00

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.

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