New Podcast Series on Antonio Cassese co-hosted by Professor Paola Gaeta

The new podcast series ‘Antonio Cassese: The Stubborn Sparrow’ – hosted by our Faculty member and former Director Professor Paola Gaeta, Salvatore Zappalà, Giulia Pinzauti and our LLM alumnus Antonio Coco – discusses, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his passing, the work and legacy of Antonio Cassese, who was known to his friends as 'Nino'.

‘This podcast series will be of interest to young and older scholars, people who are starting a career in international organizations, as well as, more broadly, to all citizens of the world. In general, as Nino would have liked, the podcast speaks to all those who want to contribute to make the world a better place’ explains Professor Gaeta.

From Genocide to Terrorism or War Crimes

The five episodes of the series will tackle the impact of this pioneering international lawyer on international law and institutions on five selected issues: genocide, terrorism, torture, human rights in the European Union, and war crimes.

‘In this mini-podcast series, Salvatore Zappalà, Giulia Pinzauti, Antonio Coco, and I revisit some of Antonio Cassese's major contributions to international law as a practitioner, produced in decades of engagement with international institutions. We try to do it in the way we think he would have liked it most, namely through a critical analysis of his work. We thought this would be a good way to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing’ says Paola Gaeta.

Episode 0: The Knight and the Sparrow – which introduces the series and, through Cassese's voice, the title of the podcast – has just been released.

The following episodes will be released on the 9th of each month, starting on 9 December – with episode 1 on genocide –, which marks the anniversary of Antonio Cassese’s birth, as well as the 73rd anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Antonio Cassese and the Geneva Academy

Antonio Cassese taught courses and gave several lectures at the Geneva Academy, and the main conference room on the ground floor of Villa Moynier is named after him.

His voice in Episode 0 – which introduces the series and, through Cassese's voice, its title – is taken from the recording of such a lecture at the Geneva Academy where he told the story of the knight and the sparrow.


A session of the focused review in Sierra Leone News

Report Highlights the Benefits of UN Treaty Bodies’ Focused Review Pilot

10 March 2022

The report of the first focused review pilot conducted in Sierra Leone shows the benefits that such a mechanism could bring to the work of UN treaty bodies and the implementation of their recommendations.

Read more

Destroyed building, Ukraine News

Time to Apply to our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict

2 May 2022

Applications for the upcoming academic year of our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict are open. They will run until 30 June 2022 – meaning that interested candidates have two months to apply – with courses starting at the end of September 2022.

Read more

Wheat field Event

UNDROP in the Future EU Seed Marketing Reform: The Perspective of Italy

6 June 2022, 14:00-15:30

This online bilingual workshop, held in English and Italian, aims to raise awareness about the upcoming changes to the European Union (EU) seed marketing legislation and what this reform means in the Italian context.

Read more

Soldier holding a rifle Event

The Wagner Group: Options for Justice

9 June 2022, 18:00-19:30

This IHL Talk aims at clarifying the relevant frameworks of responsibility for the crimes committed by the Wagner troops.

Read more

Plastic pollution Training

Protecting Human Rights and the Environment

12-16 September 2022

This training course will explore the major international and regional instruments for the promotion of human rights, as well as with their implementation and enforcement mechanisms; and provide practical insights into the different UN human rights mechanisms pertinent to advancing environmental issues and protecting environmental human rights defenders.

Read more

A general view of participants during of the 33nd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council. Training

The Universal Periodic Review and the UN Human Rights System: Raising the Bar on Accountability

7-11 November 2022

This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.

Read more

Panel Discussion: Project

Treaty Body Members’ Platform

Started in January 2014

The Treaty Body Members’ Platform connects experts in UN treaty bodies with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.

Read more

First annual conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform Project

The Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

Started in June 2019

Read more

Cover of the publication Publication

Regulating business conduct in the technology sector gaps and ways forward in applying the UNGPs

published on April 2022

Ana Beduschi, Isabel Ebert

Read more

Cover of the Publication Publication

The Future Digital Battlefield and Challenges for Humanitarian Protection: A Primer

published on April 2022

Henning Lahmann

Read more