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.
In this interview, Dasha Reddy, currently enrolled in our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
We have been conducting research for more than 10 years on armed non-State actors, and continue to do so via two leading projects.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, examines the sources of international humanitarian law (IHL). It provides an introduction to the key principles and terminology of IHL.
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 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.
Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.