Vincent Chetail

Vincent Chetail

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

Areas of expertise

Armed Conflicts  /  International Humanitarian Law  /  International Human Rights Law  /  International Courts and Tribunals  /  International Criminal Court  /  International Criminal Law  /  Counter-terrorism  /  International Refugee Law  /  Peacekeeping  /  International Organizations  /  Peacebuilding  /  International Criminal Justice  /  United Nations  /  Military Occupation  /  International Migration Law  /  Reconstruction Policy

Vincent Chetail is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute and Director of the Global Migration Centre. He is President of the board of the Geneva Academy and, from 2004 to 2012, was the Geneva Academy’s Research Director.

Professor Chetail regularly serves as a consultant to governments, NGOs and international organizations. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and King's College London as well as a visiting professor at several universities, including the Pantheon University Paris II, Queen Mary University, London, the European University Institute, Florence, and Université libre de Bruxelles.

He is General Editor of the book series Theory and Practice of Public International Law (Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston) and Organisation internationale et relations internationales (Bruylant, Brussels). He is also, among other positions, Senior Research Associate at the Refugee Law Initiative (University of London) and a member of the Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe.

His areas of research relate to refugee and migrant law, humanitarian law and human rights, international criminal law, collective security and peacekeeping.

Taught Courses

Burindi / Rwanda, Eastern Province, Mahama, refugee camp for Burundians fleeing the pre-election tensions in their country. LLM - Course

International Refugee Law

This course analyses the main international and regional legal norms governing refugee protection. It examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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A tent camp erected in Baghdad’s eastern Al-Shaab stadium to shelter Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The Interior Ministry building is seen in the background. Master in transitional justice - Course

Displacement and International Law

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An aerial view of camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), which have appeared following latest attacks by M23 rebels and other armed groups in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Short Course

International Refugee Law

This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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Publications

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International Migration Law

April 2019

Vincent Chetail

Oxford University Press

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The Transfer and Deportation of Civilians

October 2015

Vincent Chetail

Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta and Marco Sassoli, The Geneva Conventions: A Commentary, Oxford University Press

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Armed Conflict and Forced Migration: A Systemic Approach to International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law and Human Rights Law

August 2013

Vincent Chetail

Andrew Clapham and Paola Gaeta, The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict, Oxford University Press

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Privatizing War - Private Military and Security Companies under Public International Law

March 2013

Vincent Chetail, Lindsey Cameron

Cambridge 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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