Past Events

Picture of the back of a man staring at the window Event

Prévenir la torture en 2017: défis et enjeux

27 April 2017, 18:30-20:00

Débat public organisé avec l’Association pour la Prévention de la Torture (APT), en présence notamment de Nils Melzer, Rapporteur spécial de l’ONU contre la torture et titulaire de la Chaire Droits Humains

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Libya, Between Brega and Ras Lanuf. Weaponery destroyed during the fighting Event

General Comment on the Right to Life: Update from the UN Human Rights Committee

22 March 2017, 18:30-20:00

Professors Sarah Cleveland and Yuval Shany will discuss challenges related to the process of adopting a new General Comment on the right to life by the UN Human Rights Committee.

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Hyderabad, India, Banner on a building highlighting transfusions for Thalassemia patient Event

Human Rights of Thalassaemia Patients

17 March 2017, 11:00-13:00

A high-level panel aside of the UN Human Rights Council, contextualizing the need to ensure and protect the rights of individuals suffering from thalassaemia with a view towards raising awareness and adopting measures

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Picture of Dilma Roussef at The UN Event

Defending Social Rights in South America

13 March 2017, 12:30-13:30

A public lecture by Dilma Rousseff, former President of Brazil from 2011 until 2016.

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Portrait of Dilma Rousseff Event

International film festival and forum on human rights - Fighting hunger and poverty: the cases of Brazil and India

11 March 2017, 15:00-18:00

A panel discussion with former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on economic and social rights and the fight against hunger and poverty, followed by a film screening.

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Peru, Lima. Training exercice on the use of force and human rights. Simulation of the arrest of a suspect in the street Event

Peaceful protests 101: Exchange on the proper management of assemblies and the use of force

10 March 2017, 13:30-15:00

This side-event, co-organized with the Permanent mission of Switzerland, will further the exchange of views and dialogue on the proper management of peaceful protests, including the use of force, and the role of the Un Human Rights Council.

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The Desert Reconnaissance Battalion Conducts Drill in the Urban Warfare Center Military Briefings

How Does Operational Law Constrain the Use of Force in Military Operations?

8 March 2017, 18:00-19:30

This third Military Briefing aims to untangle the web of rules applicable to the use of lethal force by the military

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Cover page of the book Autonomous Weapons: Law, Ethics, Policy Event

Autonomous Weapon Systems: Ban or Regulate?

1 March 2017, 17:30-19:30

Should autonomous weapon systems be banned at the outset or is it possible to manage and regulate their development to ensure compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law? How to do so?


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Democratic Republic of the Congo, North Kivu province, Kitchanga downtown. The insanitary conditions next to the market worsen the situation of the residents affected by the recent violence. Event

Fragmented Wars: Multi-Territorial Military Operations against Armed Groups

20 February 2017, 18:00-20:00

On the occasion of the opening of the Spring Semester Noam Lubell, Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law, will examine the legal complexities arising from military actions against armed groups that are located in multiple states.

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Bethlehem, Bittar Illit settlement. Detail of the West Bank Barrier IHL Talks

The impact of counter-terrorism laws and policies on IHL and humanitarian action

26 January 2017, 13:00-14:00

This third IHL Talk will discuss the legal regime governing terrorism, how international humanitarian law addresses and prohibits acts of terrorism and what is the relationship with other international treaties.

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