Robin Geiß

Robin Geiß

Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy and Professor of International Law and Security at the University Of Glasgow

Areas of expertise

Armed Conflicts  /  International Humanitarian Law  /  International Human Rights Law  /  Autonomous Weapons  /  International Criminal Law  /  Counter-terrorism  /  Peacekeeping  /  United Nations  /  New Technologies  /  Cyber Security

Robin Geiß is the Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy. He is Professor of International Law and Security at the University of Glasgow, Director of the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security (GCILS) and an invited visiting scholar at the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po.

He has taught, researched and published on a variety of topics related to international humanitarian law, human rights law and the legal and ethical implications of new technologies, and is recognized as a leading expert in these fields.

A former Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), he is editor of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law and serves on the advisory boards of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and the German Foundation for Peace Research. He is a member of the Lieber Prize Committee of the American Society of International Law and the German National Committee on International Humanitarian Law.

From 2011-2013 he was also a member of the international group of experts that drafted the Tallinn Manual on cyberwarfare under the auspices of NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

Taught Courses and Research Projects

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Digitalization of Conflict Joint Initiative: Humanitarian Impact and Legal Protection

This project will explore humanitarian consequences and protection needs caused by the digitalization of armed conflicts and the extent to which these needs are addressed by international law, especially international humanitarian law.

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Disruptive Military Technologies

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.

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A RAF Reaper UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is pictured airborne over Afghanistan during Operation Herrick. LLM - Course

The Law of Weaponry, Arms Control and New Military Technologies

The course will provide students with a deeper understanding of the rules and principles pertaining to weapons and military technologies but above all, it seeks to equip students with the knowledge and ideas that will be needed to reconceptualize (rebuild?) the global arms control architecture and approaches towards the regulation of transformative technological evolution in the 21st century.

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The 'Legal Pluriverse' Surrounding Multinational Military Operations

January 2020

Robin Geiß, Heike Krieger

Oxford University Press

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Humanizing the Laws of War

June 2017

Robin Geiß, Stefanie Haumer, Andreas Zimmermann

Cambridge University Press

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Autonomous Weapons Systems: Law, Ethics, Policy

September 2016

Robin Geiß, Nehal Bhuta, Susanne Beck, Hin-Yan Liu, Claus Kreβ

Cambridge University Press

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Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea: The Legal Framework for Counter-Piracy Operations in Somalia and the Gulf of Aden


Robin Geiß, Anna Petrig

Oxford Scholarship Online

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