Anh Thu Duong
3 July 2017
Anh Thu Duong, joined the Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict in 2011. She completed the programme in 2013, pursuant to the defence of her thesis entitled ‘The principle of complementarity and the future of the international criminal justice system of the Rome Statute’.
Anh Thu has been working for more than ten years for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, mainly dealing with human rights, notably through a secondment to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and to the Presidency of the Human Rights Council. Anh Thu is now part of the humanitarian affairs section of the Swiss Permanent Mission to the UN Office at Geneva where she contributes to the multilateral engagement of Switzerland with UN humanitarian organizations (such as OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, etc.) both at the institutional and operational levels.
Anh Thu also holds a degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) and a Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia).
Having studied international relations, I had a good idea of international law. But I really wanted to seriously deepen my knowledge, so as to acquire the solid legal background much needed in the numerous international negotiations I was involved in. The Executive Master brought me that legal background and helped me feeling more confident in my daily work.
I would probably say that the course on weapons and armed conflict was very challenging. It was indeed hard to understand the concrete application of this course until we got to the exam and were faced with a practical case. Then, the raison d’être of studying disarmament law became crystal clear!
The incredibly rich discussions and debates we held during our courses on a wide variety of issues that had concrete ramifications in real life. That was very stimulating to discuss and build an argumentation vis-à-vis people that had different perspectives, due to their different background.
Very much so. I still keep in touch with friends I have met thanks to the Executive Master and have even met some of them again in the professional context.
Without any hesitation. The Executive Master has really been an enlightening (although incredibly hard!) experience. It provided me with the intellectual stimulation that further nourished my interest in my professional work but also more broadly in issues at the heart of international Geneva.
While most of the existing scholarship focuses only on security detention or internment by armed groups in non-international armed conflicts, her thesis also studies the detentions of armed group members by their own group and criminal detentions for crimes related to the conflict as well as common crimes.
In the framework of our LLM in IHL and Human Rights, students pleaded during the entire day of 24 April 2021 for Israel and for Palestine arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.
This IHL talk aims at shining light on some of the many legal challenges stemming from the resurging violence in Israel and Palestine since May 2021.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
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.