Andrew Clapham

Andrew Clapham

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  Qualification of Armed Conflict  /  International Human Rights Law  /  Armed Non-State Actors  /  Arms Trade Treaty  /  Business and Human Rights  /  Counter-terrorism  /  Extraterritoriality  /  UN Human Rights Mechanisms  /  Weapons Law  /  Use of Force  /  European Human Rights Law  /  War  /  Neutrality  /  Economic Warfare

Andrew Clapham is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute, which he joined in 1997, an Honorary Member of the International Commission of Jurists, and an Associate Member of Matrix Chambers. He has been a member of the United Nations (UN) Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan since 2017.

Professor Clapham was the first Director of the Geneva Academy (2006–2014).

His current research focuses on the concept of war and he will publish a book with that title in 2021. Before teaching at the Graduate Institute, Professor Clapham was the Representative of Amnesty International at the UN in New York. Since joining the Graduate Institute he has also worked as Special Adviser on Corporate Responsibility to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to Sergio Vieira de Mello, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq.

Taught Courses

Colombia, Medellín, Bellavista prison. The ICRC frequently visits the prisons of the country. Prison overcrowding is one of the main issues. LLM - Course

International Human Rights Law

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the main topics of international human rights law and its relationship with international humanitarian law.

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Publications

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War

July 2021

Andrew Clapham

Oxford University Press/Clarendon Law Series

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Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Second Edition)

November 2015

Andrew Clapham

Oxford University Press

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The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary

October 2015

Paola Gaeta, Marco Sassòli, Andrew Clapham

Oxford University Press

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The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict

March 2014

Paola Gaeta, Andrew Clapham

Oxford University Press

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Masters

We are a leading education institution in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Research

Our research examines issues that are under-explored, need clarification, or are unconventional, experimental or challenging.

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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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Events

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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UNMISS Peacekeepers News

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

Afghanistan

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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