Military Briefings

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This unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law aims 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.

Six Themes Addressed in the Series:

  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

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 George Dvaladze, Teaching Assistants at the Geneva Academy.

Our Events

Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.

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Catherine Marchi-Uhel, Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) for the Crimes Committed in Syria, briefs journalists ahead of the first informal debate on the IIIM. Event

Opening Lecture: Navigating a Career in International Law

28 September 2020, 18:30-20:00

In this opening lecture of the academic year, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism on international crimes committed in Syria, will share her experience on a career in international law.

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Policeofficer from the back Event

Swiss Counter-Terrorism Bills: What are the Legal and Policy Challenges?

29 September 2020, 18:00-19:30

This panel will discuss the legal and policy challenges of the Swiss bills in light of international law.

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Flags outside the Palais de Nations in Geneva Event

The UN @75: Challenges for the New Quarter-Century

30 September 2020, 16:00-18:00

The discussion will focus on issue areas at the heart of the UN’s mandate and where a renewed vision for collective global action is urgently called for: nuclear disarmament, humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and human rights.

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