Experts

At the Geneva Academy professors, academics, experts and practitioners address challenges in international law that relate to situations of armed conflict, protracted violence and the protection of human rights.

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Gloria Gaggioli

Director of the Geneva Academy and Associate/SNF Professor at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva

Gloria Gaggioli is a renowned scholar in international humanitarian law and human rights and has published widely in various fields of public international law.

Marco Sassòli

Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva

Marco Sassòli has published widely on international humanitarian law (IHL), human rights law, international criminal law, the sources of international law, the responsibility of states and non-state actors and Swiss constitutional law. He is recognized as a leading expert in IHL.

Paola Gaeta

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Paola Gaeta is a leading expert on international criminal law and international criminal courts and tribunals, and has published widely on these issues.

Robin Geiß

Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy and Professor of International Law and Security at the University Of Glasgow

Robin Geiß has taught, researched and published on a variety of topics related to international humanitarian law, human rights law and the legal and ethical implications of new technologies, and is recognized as a leading expert in these fields.

Andrew Clapham

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Andrew Clapham is an expert in international law, international human rights law and international humanitarian law. His current research focuses on the concept of war.

Robert Kolb

Professor of Public International Law at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva

Robert Kolb is a leading expert in international law and international humanitarian law and has published several books and articles on these topics.

Vincent Chetail

President of the Board and Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Vincent Chetail's areas of research relate to refugee and migrant law, humanitarian law and human rights, international criminal law, collective security and peacekeeping.

Andrea Bianchi

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Andrea Bianchi's work focuses on topics that range from international law theory, international human rights law, security and counter-terrorism, the law of jurisdiction and jurisdictional immunities to state responsibility and the law of treaties.

Frank Haldemann

Co-Director of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Frank Haldemann's expertise and research focus on transitional justice, human rights and legal philosophy.

Neus Torbisco-Casals

Visiting Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Neus Torbisco-Casals' primary research areas are human rights, minority rights and theories of justice, anti-discrimination law and policy, gender equality and cultural diversity.

Thomas Unger

Co-Director of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Thomas Unger has more than 15 year of expertise in the field of transitional justice, notably as the former Senior Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

Giovanni Distefano

Professor of International Law at the University of Neuchatel

Giovanni Distefano's areas of research and expertise include public international law, the law of treaties, state responsibility and use of force.

Nils Melzer

Swiss Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy , Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow and UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Nils Melzer is Swiss Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy, Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow and UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

William A. Schabas

Professor of International Law at Middlesex University, London

Recognized as a leading expert on international human rights law, international criminal law, genocide and capital punishment, William A. Schabas is the author of more than 20 books and 350 journal articles on these issues.

Christof Heyns

Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria

Christof Heyns is recognized internationally as a leading expert in the field of international human rights law, including right to life issues and regional human rights mechanisms, and has published widely on these matters.

Gabriella Citroni

Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca

Gabriella Citroni's research focuses on subjects related to international human rights law and she cooperates with a number of NGOs, providing legal assistance to victims of serious human rights violations and their relatives.

Clara Sandoval

Professor at the University of Essex School of Law and Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network

Clara Sandoval is a leading expert in transitional justice, the Inter-American System of Human Rights, legal theory, business and human rights, reparations, guarantees of non-repetition and implementation of human rights orders and recommendations.

Brandon Hamber

Professor and John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University

Professor Brandon Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE).

Sarah M.H. Nouwen

Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge

Trained in both international law and international relations, Dr Sarah Nouwen works on the intersections of law and politics, war and peace and justice and the rule of law.

Olivier de Frouville

Professor of Public Law at the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas) and Director of the Paris Human Rights Center

Olivier de Frouville is also a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and of the Institut Universitaire de France.

Tarcisio Gazzini

Professor of international law at the University of East Anglia

Tarcisio Gazzini is Professor of international law at the University of East Anglia. His research focuses on the use of force in international law, foreign investment law, human rights law, international organizations and economic sanctions.

Salvatore Zappalà

Professor of International Law at the University of Catania School of Law

Salvatore Zappalà is Professor of international law and a leading expert in international criminal law and procedure.

Giulio Bartolini

Associate Professor of International Law at Roma Tre University

Giulio Bartolini is Associate Professor of International Law at Roma Tre University where he is also responsible for the IHL Legal Clinic.

Lindsey Cameron

Head of Thematic Legal Advisers, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross

Lindsey Cameron has published a number of books and articles on international humanitarian law. 

Jérôme de Hemptinne

Lecturer at the University of Louvain, Sciences-Po Paris, and the University Catholic of Lille

Jérôme de Hemptinne's research focuses on modes of liability for international crimes, the qualification of armed conflicts and institutional aspects of international criminal courts and tribunals.

Rama Mani

Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies and Councillor at the World Future Council

Rama Mani is an expert in international peace and security, a poet and performance artist.

Ahmed Al-Dawoody

Legal Adviser for Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Dr Ahmed Al-Dawoody is the Legal Adviser for Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Sandra Krähenmann

Thematic Legal Adviser, Geneva Call

Dr Sandra Krähenmann conducts legal research on the impact of counter-terrorism on human rights law and international humanitarian law, during the last two years with a particular focus on measures to stem the so-called foreign fighter phenomenon

Alex Conte

Executive Director, Child Rights Connect

Alex Conte is a senior law and policy adviser at the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an NGO dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights through the rule of law.

Nicolas Mansfield

Director of Legal Programs at the East-West Management Institute

As Director of Legal Programs at the East-West Management Institute (EWMI), Nicolas Mansfielfd is responsible for designing and managing rule of law programmes in developing countries.

Julia Raue

Transitional Justice Adviser, Sri Lanka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dr Julia Raue works at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as Transitional Justice Adviser and is a Guest Lecturer at the Europa-Institut at Saarland University.

Annyssa Bellal

Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law

Annyssa Bellal's areas of expertise include public international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and armed non-state actors.

Adriana Bessa

Senior Research Fellow

Adriana Bessa's research areas include the rights of traditional local communities, the draft declaration on the rights of peasants and the right to food.

Joanna Bourke Martignoni

Senior Research Fellow

Joanna Bourke Martignoni's research areas include the right to food, land commercialization, climate change, the right to education and gender equality.

Christophe Golay

Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Christophe Golay's expertise relates to economic, social and cultural rights, the right to food and the rights of peasants.

Hélène Ramos dos Santos

Research Fellow

Helene Ramos dos Santos is the Senior Fellow–UN Liaison Officer in Geneva for the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

Chiara Redaelli

Research Fellow

Chiara Redaelli's areas of expertise include international humanitarian law, jus ad bellum, and international human rights law.

Domenico Zipoli

Research Fellow

His research focuses on causal mechanisms related to National Human Rights Institutions engagement with the UN Human Rights treaty body system.

Clément Voule

Researcher

Clément Nyaletsossi Voule is Researcher at the Geneva Academy and UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association.

Émilie Max

Researcher

Émilie Max's research focuses s on the intersection between international humanitarian law and international human rights law

Charlotte Day

Project Assistant

Charlotte Day is a Project Assistant with the Geneva Academy's Geneva Human Rights Platform.

Kamelia Kemileva

Senior Consultant

Kamelia Kemileva is an external consultant on selected mandates related to the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

Jonathan Andrew

Associate Research Fellow

Dr Jonathan Andrew's expertise focuses on the intersection of information technology with human rights law.

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

Associate Research Fellow

Her areas of expertise include legal anthropology, international human rights, the history of human rights, migration and the UN treaty body system.

Claire Callejon

Associate Research Fellow

Her areas of expertise include international human rights law, the United Nations Human Rights machinery and refugee law.

John Grova

Associate Researcher

John Grova is advising and coordinating the project led by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights ‘Business and human rights: towards a decade of global implementation’.

Henning Lahmann

Associate Researcher

Henning Lahmann participates in the research at the Geneva Academy on disruptive military technologies.

Alexandre Zielinsky Arregui

Visiting Fellow

His research focuses on how stolen and looted cultural objects from conflict zones, or cultural objects that have been hidden as spoils of wars, find their way into the mainstream international art and antique market via the regulated financial markets.

Agustina Becerra Vazquez

Teaching Assistant

Agustina Becerra Vazquez's research explores restorative justice and international human rights law.

Tafadzwa Christmas

Teaching Assistant

His research explores the jurisprudential and operational parameters of the right to truth in Africa as seen through an international human rights law lens.

George Dvaladze

Teaching Assistant

George Dvaladze's research focuses on international humanitarian law and international human rights law, in particular the principle of equality and non-discrimination in armed conflict.

Lukas Hafner

Teaching Assistant

Lukas Hafner's research focuses on military planning and preparations under international humanitarian law.

Öykü Irmakkesen

Teaching Assistant

Öykü Irmakkesen's research focuses on international humanitarian law, international human rights law and theory of rights.

Tadesse Kebebew

Teaching Assistant

Tadesse Kebebew's research focuses on issues related to the applicability and application of international humanitarian law to international organizations engaged in peacekeeping operations.

Pavle Kilibarda

Teaching Assistant

Pavle Kilibarda's research focuses on general issues of public international law, particularly statehood recognition and the rights and obligations of states.

Yulia Mogutova

Teaching Assistant

Yulia Mogutova's research focuses on the management of natural resources in armed conflicts.

Joshua Niyo

Teaching Assistant

Joshua Niyo's research focuses on the norms, principles and contemporary challenges regarding territorial control by armed-non state actors in non-international armed conflicts.

Andreas Ziegler

Professor of International Law at the University of Lausanne

Andreas Ziegler regularly advises governments, international organizations, NGOs and private clients and represents them before various domestic and international courts and arbitral tribunals.

Alessandra Spadaro

Teaching Assistant

Alessandra Spadaro studies how international law regulates various instances of deprivation of liberty by armed groups.

Ana Srovin Coralli

Teaching Assistant

Ana Srovin Coralli's research explores evidentiary issues in international sexual crime cases