Multilateral diplomacy in the advancement of Human Rights (primarily through the Human Rights Council) is one of the main activities of International Geneva. Established in March 2006, the Council is now a well-established mechanism of the United Nations and is approaching its 10th year -yet the individuals who engage at the Council sessions often change, and they often juggle a larger portfolio of responsibilities.
In order for delegates and representatives to better tackle the substantive and practical challenges ahead, we are offering this training programme for individuals who aspire to perform more effectively in a multilateral context. The programme is designed to enhance personal skills in multilateral diplomacy, with a particular focus on the human rights context.
Training on the Rights of Peasants - 14-16 November 2016
This three days training course provides participants with a thorough understanding of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas and addresses key challenges related to land rights, land grabbing and the right to seeds. The training course also provides up-to-date information on the current negotiations on a new UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants.
Geneva Academy’s Human Rights Chair, Dr Nils Melzer, appointed Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment
The UN Human Rights Council appointed last Friday Dr Nils Melzer, Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy, the next Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment.
Dr Melzer will take up this new role on 1 November 2016 and succeed Juan E. Méndez who held this position for six years. ‘This is a great honour and an even greater responsibility’ underlines Dr Melzer. ‘I am convinced that this mandate can have a positive impact on the prevention of torture and other inhuman treatment’.
Throughout his career, Dr Melzer has promoted international humanitarian and human rights law, both in the field and in academic settings, with a special focus on the use of force in military, police, and counter-terrorism operations, the regulation of private military and security companies, and the use of new weapons technologies. He has authored numerous works on these issues, including the new Handbook of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
IHL Talks - Refugees and Migrants: Legal and Human Challenges
The IHL Talks are a new series of events, hosted by the Geneva Academy, on international humanitarian law and current humanitarian topics. Every two months at lunchtime, academic experts, practitioners, policy makers and journalists discuss burning humanitarian issues and their regulation under international law.
We are launching a series of “Military Briefings” relating to military institutions and the law for our students.
This unique series of events aims to improve Geneva Academy students’ knowledge of military actors and operations and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds with the ultimate goal of improving compliance with the law.
Protection of Persons with Disabilities in Armed Conflict
The Geneva Academy has been awarded a research grant from the Swiss Network for Insternational Studies (SNIS) for a research project on the protection of persons with disabilities during armed conflict
The Academy aims at leading and promoting high level research and Policy Studies in its different areas of expertise, related to international norms in armed conflict and human rights policy questions, including international humanitarian law.