Six out of the 18 chapters of the new Oxford Guide to International Humanitarian Law – edited by Ben Saul and Dapo Akande – have been written or co-written by Geneva Academy’s professors or experts.
‘This new book provides a comprehensive overview of international humanitarian law (IHL), illustrates how this law has developed and how it applies in practice. As an accessible guide to the field, it is meant to become a reference for professionals and advanced students interested in IHL and its application’ underlines Professor Marco Sassòli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
‘The fact that many of our teachers and experts contributed to this important book shows that the Geneva Academy is an international reference in the field of IHL’ he adds.
Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross project to update the Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977, discusses in the first chapter of the book the history and sources of IHL, which is also the subject of his course in our LLM in IHL and Human Rights.
Robin Geiss, our Swiss IHL Chair, along with Christophe Paulussen, covers in chapter eight specifically protected persons and objects during armed conflict.
Professor Gloria Gaggioli, who teaches courses in our LLM and Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict, and Nils Melzer, our Swiss Human Rights Chair address methods of warfare in chapter 10.
Jelena Pejic, Senior Legal Adviser at the ICRC – who co-authored the Guidelines on Investigating Violations of IHL: Law, Policy, and Good Practice published by the Geneva Academy and the ICRC – covers the question of detention in armed conflicts in chapter 12.
And last but not least, our Director Professor Marco Sassòli covers the interplay between IHL and human rights in the last chapter of the book.
Katja Schöberl is the IHL Legal Adviser for the German Red Cross in Berlin. In this interview, she tells about the programme and what it brought to her career.
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This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, examines the sources of international humanitarian law (IHL). It provides an introduction to the key principles and terminology of IHL.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, discusses the protection offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) and addresses some problems and controversies specific to IHL of NIACs, including the difficulty to ensure the respect of IHL by armed non-state actors.
This project will explore humanitarian consequences and protection needs caused by the digitalization of armed conflicts and the extent to which these needs are addressed by international law, especially international humanitarian law.
Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.