Dr Annyssa Bellal is Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy. She is also a Senior Lecturer in international law at Sciences Po, Paris.
Her areas of expertise include public international law, IHL, international human rights law and armed non-state actors. She edited and authored the War Report 2014 (Oxford University Press, 2015) and 2016 (Geneva Academy) and is the author of several articles on various IHL and human rights law issues, including an award-winning article on ‘International Law and Armed Non-State Actors in Afghanistan’ (International Review of the Red Cross, 2011, SNIS Geneva Award 2011).
Dr Bellal formerly worked as a legal adviser for the Swiss NGO Geneva Call, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She was also an Assistant Professor in public international law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland.
Dr Bellal holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in Public International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and an LLM in Philosophy of Law from the University of Grenoble. She also holds a Master of Advanced Studies in International Relations and an MA in Law from the University of Geneva.
Dr Bellal was awarded several fellowships for her research, notably from McGill University (O’Brien Fellow in Residence), New York University (Hauser Global Law School Research Fellow) and the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development (Albert Gallatin Research Fellow).
This project aims at compiling and analysing the practice and interpretation of selected international humanitarian law and human rights norms by armed non-state actors (ANSAs). It has a pragmatic double objective: first, to offer a comparative analysis of IHL and human rights norms from the perspective of ANSAs, and second, to inform strategies of humanitarian engagement with ANSAs, in particular the content of a possible ‘Model Code of Conduct’.
Medical Aid for Palestinians / Ezz Al ZanoonProject
This project aims to ensure better protection of and assistance for persons with disabilities in situations of armed conflict or its aftermath by identifying legal obligations to protect and assist persons with disabilities during conflict, and the policies and practices required to put these obligations into effect.
ICRCLLM - Course
This course focuses on the study of non-state armed groups in contemporary armed conflicts and how international law regulates their actions.
UNMISS / Francesca MoldMaster in transitional justice - Course
This course will address key questions related to the nature of contemporary armed conflicts and the increased presence of armed non-State actors of different types and ideologies in modern situations of armed violence.
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Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Norwegian centre for Human Rights
Annyssa Bellal, Ezequiel Heffes
Human Rights and International Law Discourse Vol (12.1)
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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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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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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.