16-31 March 2017
Application start 7 November 2016
Application end 9 March 2017
This course focuses on the interplay between international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights law (HRL). It starts by examining the commonalities and differences between these two bodies of law, looking at their historical and philosophical origins as well as their different fields of application and monitoring bodies. Key issues such as the application of human rights in armed conflicts, the extraterritorial application of HRL and the different theories pertaining to the interplay between IHL and HRL, including in particular the lex specialis maxim, are addressed. Various rights and topics where the concrete interplay between IHL and HRL is particularly intricate, such as the right to life in armed conflicts – including the interplay between the conduct of hostilities and law enforcement paradigms – or detention in armed conflict situations, are discussed. Current challenges regarding the interplay between IHL and HRL in the context of occupation or in relation to drone strikes are also discussed.
This course forms part of the Geneva Academy Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations –who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.
Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).
Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.
Gloria Gaggioli's work focuses in particular on issues related to the interplay between international humanitarian law and international human rights law, the right to life and the use of force, including the conduct of hostilities, law enforcement and self-defence.
Villa Moynier, 120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva
Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini
Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - bus stop Sécheron
In this interview, Alexis Comninos, currently enrolled in the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
Ten years after the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council, our new publication highlights the current challenges related to the Council’s approach to armed non-state actors and proposes recommendations to better address this phenomenon.
This course aims to study, in depth, an emblematic example of the complexity of international humanitarian law and the challenges it raises: the classification of armed conflicts.
The Geneva Academy offers professional training on weapons law, covering a wide range of subjects including the definition of weapons; Article 36’s weapons review; means and methods of warfare or new weapons technologies.
Several ad hoc fact-finding and inquiry commissions have been established to assess some of the most serious situations of human rights and humanitarian law violations across the world. With such mechanisms gaining influence, the question arises of whether a minimum formal standard of proof (or degree of certainty) exists or is required when such bodies adjudicate on such serious matters.
The Rule of Law in Armed Conflict project (RULAC) is a unique online portal that identifies and classifies all situations of armed violence that amount to an armed conflict under international humanitarian law (IHL). It is primarily a legal reference source for a broad audience, including non-specialists, interested in issues surrounding the classification of armed conflicts under IHL.
Our teaching enables specialists to apply legal frameworks to complex situations and challenging processes.
We provide training and short courses for professionals who want to deepen their expertise in a specific issue.
Our experts are leading academics in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.
Our publications address current issues and challenges and stimulate debates in the academic community and in policy-making institutions and governments.