24 May - 6 June 2023
Application start 17 August 2022
Application end 10 May 2023
Fee: 1250 Swiss Francs
This online short course provides an overview of the content and evolution of the rules governing the use of unilateral force in international law, including military intervention on humanitarian grounds and the fight against international terrorism. It focuses on the practice of states and international organizations.
During the course, the legal issues raised by the main recent cases of unilateral force, especially Kosovo (1999), Iraq (2003), Syria (since 2014) and Ukraine (2014 and 2022), as well as their normative implications will be thoroughly and critically be analysed. The course will also address the main features, evolution and shortcomings of the United Nations (UN) collective security system, from its creation in 1945 to the so-called authorization practice, which was inaugurated during the first Gulf Crisis (1990-1). The recent interventions in Libya (2011) and Mali (2012-3) will serve to trigger a discussion on the role of the UN and regional organizations in maintaining and restoring international peace and security.
This is an online short course.
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.
Courses take place online during lunchtime on:
The fee for this short course is 1,250 Swiss Francs. In case of cancellation by the participants, CHF 200 won't be returned.
Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).
Applications must be submitted via this online form.
If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us.
Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.
Tarcisio Gazzini is Professor of International Law at the University of Padua.
The course will be conducted online using the ZOOM platform.
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