Chiara Redaelli

Chiara Redaelli

Research Fellow

Areas of expertise

Armed Conflicts  /  International Humanitarian Law  /  Non-State Actors  /  Human Rights  /  Jus ad Bellum

Dr Chiara Redaelli is a Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy, where she works for the Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts (RULAC) and the Disruptive Military Technologies projects.

Her areas of expertise include international humanitarian law, jus ad bellum, and international human rights law.

In 2019, she was visiting research fellow at Harvard Law School, for a project on peace and aggression in international law. She also formerly worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) and Beijing (China).

Chiara defended her PhD (summa cum laude) in public international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in September 2018. Her doctoral research investigated how the human rights paradigm has affected the international legal regulation of interventions in non-international armed conflicts.

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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Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts (RULAC)

The Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts project (RULAC) is a unique online portal that identifies and classifies all situations of armed violence that amount to an armed conflict under international humanitarian law (IHL). It is primarily a legal reference source for a broad audience, including non-specialists, interested in issues surrounding the classification of armed conflicts under IHL.

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The Right to Rebel against Violations of Human Rights: A New Role for the Responsibility to Protect?


Chiara Redaelli

Palestine Yearbook of International Law, Volume XIX

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Small Islands Developing States and Climate Change: An Overview of Legal and Diplomatic Strategies


Chiara Redaelli, Valentina Baiamonte

Journal of Public and International Affairs, vol. 28

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Engaging with Drug Lords: Protecting Civilians in Colombia, Mexico, and Honduras

December 2015

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Annyssa Bellal (ed.), The War Report: Armed Conflicts in 2014, Oxford University Press

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Protecting Civilians in Populated Areas during the Conduct of Hostilities after the Gotovina Case

November 2014

Chiara Redaelli, Stuart Casey-Maslen

Stuart Casey-Maslen (ed.), The War Report: Armed Conflicts in 2013, Oxford University Press

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Executive Education

We provide training and short courses for professionals who want to deepen their expertise in a specific issue.

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Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.

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New Working Paper Examines the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL

5 October 2021

The UN Security Council and Common Article 1: Understanding the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL examines the applicability of article 1 common to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 – on the obligation to respect and ensure respect for IHL – to the UN, with a specific focus on peacekeeping operations.

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New Working Paper Discusses the Relevance of Smart Mix Measure in AI Governance and Regulation

1 October 2021

Our new Working Paper discusses how current initiatives on the regulation of artificial intelligence technologies should incorporate the protection and respect for human rights.

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 Taliban fighters on a truck in Kabul, August 17 2021 IHL Talks


28 October 2021, 15:00-16:00

This online IHL talk aims at shining light on some of the many legal, political and protection-related challenges stemming from the situation in Afghanistan.

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