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19 May - 3 June 2022
Application start 15 December 2021
Application end 5 May 2022
Fee: 1250 Swiss Francs

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From Use of Force to Responsibility to Protect

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Descriptive

This short course provides an overview of the evolution of the rules governing the use of force in international law, focusing on military intervention on humanitarian grounds, the fight against international terrorism and the features as well as the shortcomings of the United Nations (UN) collective security system. It also addresses the concept of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P), as it has been developed by the UN General Assembly and put into effect by the UN Security Council and the members of the organization.

It analyses both the positive and problematic dimensions of the developments concerning R2P, with particular reference to the situations in Libya and Syria. It finally discusses the theory allegedly permitting the use of unilateral force against states ‘unwilling and unable’ to prevent terrorist activities within their territories.

In Geneva and Online

The course can be followed in Geneva or online. Please note that the number of places to follow the course in Geneva is limited.

Audience

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.

Limited Places

We can admit a maximum of five participants to this short course (in addition to students enrolled in our Executive Master).

Schedule

Courses take place during lunchtime on:

  • Thursday 19 May 2022, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Friday 20 May 2022, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Friday 27 May 2022, 12:00 – 14:00 (online)
  • Wednesday 1 June 2022, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 2 June 2022, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Friday 3 June 2022, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022, 12:00 – 14:00 (online tutorial)

Fee

The fee for this short course is 1,250 Swiss Francs. In case of cancellation by the participants, CHF 200 won't be returned.

Certificate

Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via this online form.

If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us.

Your application will need to include:

  • A short motivation letter (no more than one page)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
  • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit for candidates wishing to follow the short course in Geneva (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area)

Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.

Professor and Lecturer

Picture of Tarcisio Gazzini

Tarcisio Gazzini

Professor of international law at the University of Padua

Tarcisio Gazzini is Professor of International Law at the University of Padua.

Location

Villa Moynier (120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva) and online.

Access

In Geneva

Public Transport

Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - bus stop Sécheron

Access for people with disabilities

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online

The course will be conducted online using the ZOOM platform.

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