Ilya Ivanov is a Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy and PhD Candidate at the University of Geneva. His research focuses on how non-binding, or soft law, norms become binding rules of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL).
Ilya previously worked in international law and policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), policy and advocacy NGOs, and academia. In his most recent post as the ICRC Regional Legal Adviser for South Asia, he was responsible for the organization’s efforts in promoting and implementing IHL, IHRL and other international treaties in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka. He joined the ICRC’s Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy Division in 2017 and supported the diplomatic activities in Europe and Central Asia, as well as the Division’s work on migration, displacement, and humanitarian policy and diplomacy in general. Ilya also worked as the Special Assistant to the Director at the WFP Geneva Office, as well as at the Human Rights House Foundation as part of their international advocacy team, at the Russian International Affairs Council, and at MGIMO-University.
Ilya holds an LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Geneva Academy) and MA in International Relations (MGIMO-University). He speaks English, Russian, French, and Japanese.