Adoption in 2013, entry into force in 2014, conferences of state parties in 2015 and 2016, and a legal commentary published in 2016. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the first treaty to regulate the conventional arms trade, has an impressive record. But so what? And why should we care?
The authors of the recently published ATT Commentary will take part in a presidential-style debate co-organized in partnership with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) on a range of issues about the treaty and its implementation.
Andrew Clapham, Law Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and at the Geneva Academy
Gilles Giacca, Legal Advisor at the Arms Unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Sarah Parker, Policy Support Officer at the Arms Trade Treaty Secretariat
Stuart Casey-Maslen, Honorary Professor at the University of Pretoria
Tobias Vestner, Cluster Leader within the Security and Law Programme of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).
Marie-Gaëlle Robles, Counselor at the Permanent Representation of France to the Conference on Disarmament
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The Geneva Academy accompanied the ATT negotiations, providing legal advice related to international humanitarian law, international human rights law and weapons law.
Tram 15 direction Place des Nations - tram stop Maison de la Paix
Given the lack of definition of less-lethal weapons in international human rights (IHRL), law, the absence of international standards regulating their use and the lack of clarity regarding their human rights impact and compliance with IHRL, the annual seminar on current human rights challenges related to the use of force concluded with a call to further explore the use of LLW for law enforcement purposes.
The Egyptian Government is involved, in the Sinai Peninsula, in a non-international armed conflict (NIAC) against Wilayat Sinai, an armed group that has pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group. Our Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts (RULAC) online portal provides a detailed analysis and legal classification of this NIAC.
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Albie Sachs, Former Judge of the South African Constitutional Court, will reflect on the current human rights challenges and how to move the human rights agenda forward.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
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.
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.
Chris van Dyck
Non-kinetic-energy (NKE) weapons inflict harm through the emission of different forms of radiation or sound, diffusion of chemical or biological agents or transmission of electricity, rather than the application of kinetic energy possessed by a fragment, bullet or other projectile.