9 October 2018
Two alumni of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM), Dražan Djukić and Niccolò Pons, are the editors of an important volume on international humanitarian law (IHL) that has just been published by Brill Publishers.
The Companion to International Humanitarian Law discusses, via seven essays, the contemporary challenges to implementing IHL and covers, via 263 entries, the vast majority of IHL concepts, starting with ‘Abandoned Explosive Ordnance’ and ending with ‘Wounded and Sick’.
‘Working in the field of international criminal justice, what struck us was the absence of a book that collected all major IHL notions in a single volume, accessible enough to quickly enable a variety of users to familiarize themselves with IHL issues in their daily work and sufficiently comprehensive to allow more demanding users to conduct further research’ stress Dražan Djukić, Associate Legal Officer at the Pre-Trial Division of the International Criminal Court and Niccolò Pons, Associate Legal Officer at the Registry’s Chambers Legal Support Unit of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.
‘The project proved to be an amazing experience since we benefitted from the advice of very experienced colleagues and we were lucky enough to secure contributions from a range of amazing authors. We hope that the Companion to International Humanitarian Law contributes to further improving the understanding and application of IHL’ they add.
Besides the two editors, several Geneva Academy’s alumni, researchers, teaching assistants and Faculty members, including Vincent Chetail, Gabriella Citroni, Antonio Coco, Alex Conte, George Dvaladze, Gloria Gaggioli, Robert Kolb, Sandra Krähenmann, Elvina Pothelet, Alice Priddy and Nils Melzer, contributed to the volume by writing entries on key IHL concepts.
Of the seven essays that address contemporary challenges to IHL, Alessandra Spadaro, Teaching Assistant in our LLM and in our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict and PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, wrote one of them on IHL in the jurisprudence of international criminal tribunals and courts. Etienne Kuster, an alumnus of our LLM and Adviser for relations with academic circles at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), wrote another essay on promoting the teaching of IHL in Universities, based on ICRC’s experience.
‘I am full of admiration for our alumni who manage simultaneously to apply what they learned in practice and to develop it in scholarly writings. This is an ideal example of how the Geneva Academy can contribute to a world in which international humanitarian law is better respected, applied and understood’ underlines Marco Sassòli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
Our Senior Researcher Alice Priddy presented our research project on disability in armed conflict to the members of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Michael Sfard, a prominent Israeli human rights lawyer, will give two lectures in the week of 26 February, one on his new book and the other one on the new trends and challenges related to the protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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.
Organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Academy, this advanced seminar aims to enhance the capacity of lecturers and researchers to teach and research international humanitarian law contemporary issues, addressing both substantive and pedagogical aspects.
This research project looked at the protection of civilian populations subject to the control of a foreign army by analyzing the link between the international law of military occupation and human rights.
Medical Aid for Palestinians / Ezz Al Zanoon
This project aims to ensure better protection of and assistance for persons with disabilities in situations of armed conflict or its aftermath by identifying legal obligations to protect and assist persons with disabilities during conflict, and the policies and practices required to put these obligations into effect.