24 February 2021
Our Teaching Assistant Joshua Niyo received a one-year Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Doc.Mobility grant to spend a year at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law as Visiting Researcher. With this SNF grant, he will finalize his doctoral research on the norms, principles and contemporary challenges regarding territorial control by armed-non state actors (ANSAs) in non-international armed conflicts. He will also complete other writing and research projects in the thematic area of ANSAs and international law, including on Islamist groups, and will be involved in the UCLA School of Law’s Promise Institute for Human Rights.
Joshua is an alumnus of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and has been a Teaching Assistant with us since September 2017.
‘Undeniably, the Geneva Academy has been formative for me, as a student, Teaching Assistant, and researcher. As a rich and inspiring environment, it has given me the tools for an illustrious career in international law, for which I am thankful! I am grateful to God for the new opportunity, and look forward both to exercising these attributes at UCLA, and to the career growth and impact of this new experience!’ Says Joshua.
Our Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on IHL Dr Annyssa Bellal travelled this summer to North-East Syria with colleagues from Geneva Call – Ezequiel Heffes and Pascal Bongard – as part of the research project she leads that examines the practice and interpretation of ANSAs on core IHL norms.
In August 2021, following the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban have rapidly taken control of most of the country, Kabul included.
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We look forward to welcoming our graduating students, their friends, families and our professors to the 2021 Graduation Ceremony.
The 2021 edition will address two contemporary challenges and issues related to armed conflict: the classification of non-international armed conflicts in which a myriad of armed non-state actors are involved; and cyber conflicts.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, discusses the protection offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) and addresses some problems and controversies specific to IHL of NIACs, including the difficulty to ensure the respect of IHL by armed non-state actors.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, looks at the sources from which public international law rules stem and at the entities that are empowered with the capacity of law-making in the international legal order. It aims at enabling participants to develop a global perception of the international normative system.
Via a new lecture series on disruptive military technologies, this project aims at staying abreast of the various military technology trends; promoting legal and policy debate on new military technologies; and furthering the understanding of the convergent effects of different technological trends shaping the digital battlefield of the future.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.