In this opening lecture of the 2018–2019 academic year, Elisabeth Decrey Warner will share her experience, as Co-Founder and Former Executive President of Geneva Call, of promoting respect of international humanitarian law by armed non-state actors (ANSAs).
She will notably discuss the utility of international law, not only in light of its substance but also of its implementation and respect by the international community. Starting from the Geneva Call’s ground-breaking approach to develop an inclusive process towards ANSAs, she will also highlight that the limits of international law are not engraved in stone but are in our minds, habits, or fears to develop and invent new ideas.
Elisabeth Decrey Warner co-founded Geneva Call in 1998 and served as its Executive President until joining the Board in 2018 as its Honorary President. Prior to this, she has been working with several NGOs on issues related to refugees, disarmament and humanitarian norms. She was also a member of the Parliament of the Republic and Canton of Geneva for 12 years and was elected its President in 2000.
She has been recognized internationally for her outstanding contribution to peace. She was nominated for Switzerland as one of 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Among her many awards, she received the highest recognition in France, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Geneva and the Hessian Peace Prize in Germany.
She is currently an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).
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Knowledge transfer is at the heart of our activities. During 2019, our professors, researchers and staff have ensured such transfer in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice via research, our three masters, training courses, events and the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
This IHL Talk aims at shining light on the various ways of promoting respect for and implementation of international humanitarian law.
This panel discussion marks the Launch of our New Research Initiative, carried out jointly by our Swiss IHL Chair Robin Geiß and the ICRC.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will cover the ‘nuts and bolts’ of implementation, including national legislation, dissemination and training, and discuss the mechanisms such as the International Fact-Finding Commission, as set out in the treaties.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, looks at the sources from which public international law rules stem and at the entities that are empowered with the capacity of law-making in the international legal order. It aims at enabling participants to develop a global perception of the international normative system.
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.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.