Robert Kolb

Robert Kolb

Professor of Public International Law at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  Qualification of Armed Conflict  /  International Human Rights Law  /  Extraterritoriality  /  Conduct of Hostilities  /  Protection of Civilians  /  Law of Occupation  /  Use of Force

Robert Kolb has been Professor of Public International Law at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva since 2007.

He is a leading expert in international law and international humanitarian law and has published several books and articles on these topics in English, French, German and Italian.
In 2011, he acted as a counsel for the German government in the Jurisdictional Immunities (Germany v. Italy) case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Prior to 2007, Professor Kolb worked as a legal adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He was also Secretary of the Institute of International Law and a member of the Board of Directors of the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law, which became the Geneva Academy in 2007.

He was Lecturer in Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Associate Professor at the University of Bern and Adjunct Professor at the University of Neuchatel. He also taught at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan.

Taught Courses

Central African republic, Bangui. Soldiers of the Democratic Republic of Congo patrol the Multinational Force of Central African States - Executive Master - Course

Basic Principles of International Humanitarian Law

This course examines the sources of international humanitarian law (IHL). It provides an introduction to the key principles and terminology of IHL.

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Syria, Homs. A view of the badly damaged center of the city. Executive Master - Course

Protection of Persons and Property in International Armed Conflict

This course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, examines the conduct of hostilities in situations of international armed conflict, also known as the Law of The Hague.

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Ukraine, damaged bicycle and car in front of a destroyed building Short Course

Protection of Persons and Property in International Armed Conflict

This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, examines the conduct of hostilities in situations of international armed conflict, also known as the Law of The Hague.

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Syria, destroyed building and ambulance Short Course

Basic Principles of International Humanitarian Law

This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, examines the sources of international humanitarian law (IHL). It provides an introduction to the key principles and terminology of IHL.

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Publications

Cover of the book The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence 2014

Crimes contre l'humanité

October 2014

Robert Kolb

Global Community Yearbook 2014

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L'Etat X n'est pas membre des Nations Unies; donc, il ne doit pas respecter le droit international: variations sur un thème saugrenu

October 2014

Robert Kolb

Revue suisse de droit international et européen 2014, no 3

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Commentaires (iconoclastes?) sur l'obligation de faire respecter le droit international humanitaire selon l'article 1 commun des Conventions de Genève de 1949

January 2014

Robert Kolb

Revue belge de droit international 2014

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Chronique de la jurisprudence de la Cour internationale de Justice, 2013

October 2013

Robert Kolb

Revue suisse de droit international et européen 2014

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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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