Kamelia Kemileva

Kamelia Kemileva

Co-Coordinator of the Geneva Human Rights Platform and Special Projects Manager

Areas of expertise

Use of Force  /  Public International Law  /  Multilateral Diplomacy  /  UN Treaty Bodies  /  Human Rights Council

Kamelia Kemileva is Special Projects Manager and Co-Coordinator of the Geneva Human Rights Platform. As such, she’s running projects on current human rights challenges, investigation in armed conflicts and various United Nations (UN) reforms files. Sha also manages the Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict (Executive Master).

Her current research focuses on the functioning of the UN system, the multilateral diplomacy and selected topics in international law.

Kamelia also teaches a course on the UN Human Rights Council in the Executive Master and in the Executive Master in International Negotiations of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She also regularly organizes training courses and events on UN human rights mechanisms.

From 2012 to 2018, Kamelia was the Executive Manager of the Geneva Academy. Before joining the Geneva Academy, she was Special Assistant to the President of the UN Human Rights Council for three years. She was also a visiting programme director at Wilton Park. Previously to that, she also worked at the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN Office at Geneva. In 2002, she was part of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York.

Kamelia Kemileva has worked closely with the Geneva Government on the establishment of a centre for global cooperation in the city. This project significantly developed her knowledge and contacts, both in Geneva and worldwide, within the areas of migration, health, science, disarmament, refugees, environment and trade.

Before moving to the public sector, Kamelia worked for two years in the private sector in a Geneva-based bank as a compliance officer.

Kamelia Kemileva holds a master’s degree in International Public Law and International Relations from the University of Geneva. She also holds an MBA diploma, with a focus on non-profit organizations.

Taught Courses and Research Projects

Roundtable discussion during the Regional Consultation for North America and the English Speaking Caribbean on the Future of the UN Treaty Body System Project

Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020

The Geneva Academy is coordinating the academic input to the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies by the UN General Assembly via the creation of an academic network of independent researchers, a call for papers, a series of regional consultations, annual conferences in Geneva, as well as ongoing interactions with key stakeholders.

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Putis, Peru. The clothes of missing child found in a mass grave close to the village at the exhibition organized for the relatives of victimes. The family will be able to identify their missing relatives. Project


This project, initiated in 2014 by the Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law, Professor Noam Lubell, intends to identify, via expert meetings and research, a set of best practices that states should apply when they investigate or examine alleged violations or misconduct in situations of armed conflict.

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General view of the room XX and delegates during of the High Level Segment of the 31st Session at the Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland, February 29, 2016 Short Course

Optimizing the Human Rights Council: At the Interplay Between Law and Politics

This short course focuses on the functioning and the mechanisms of the United Nations Human Rights Council, as well as on the dynamics at play in this major human rights body.

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International Organisations and Multilateral Diplomacy

October 2018

Kamelia Kemileva, Robert Kolb

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Le Conseil des droits de l’homme, ses résolutions, les organes de traités et leur droit : pour une collaboration plus ambitieuse in : Réciprocité et Universalité, Sources et régimes du droit international des droits de l’homme

July 2017

Kamelia Kemileva

Mélanges en l’honneur d’Emmanuel Decaux, Pedone

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Expertise in the Human Rights Council

June 2010

Kamelia Kemileva

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and South Asian university

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Les Résolutions de la Commission DH à l’heure de la création du Conseil DH: quelle bonne résolution ?

January 2005

Kamelia Kemileva

La revue des droits fondamentaux, Revue électronique n° 5, CRDH

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