Our Events

Public events and expert seminars are a key part of our activities.

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We run various private and public events – conferences, workshops, seminars, roundtables – providing a critical and scholarly forum for discussion around topical issues. The livestreaming of flagship events allows audiences outside Geneva to follow debates and participate via social media. Most public events can also be viewed afterwards via our YouTube channel.

IHL Talks

The IHL Talks are a series of events on international humanitarian law and current humanitarian topics. Every two months, at lunchtime, academic experts, practitioners, policy-makers and journalists discuss burning humanitarian issues and their regulation under international law. This Initiative is coordinated by Annyssa Bellal, Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on IHL.

Annual Conference on Current Issues in Armed Conflicts

This annual conference, co-organized with the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, provides a space for experts and practitioners, diplomats, academics, and civil society representatives to discuss the legal and policy issues that have arisen in the past and current year in relation to armed conflicts situations. Its content is modelled after the latest edition of the War Report.

Geneva Academy Wednesdays

Geneva Academy Wednesdays (GAW) are a platform coordinated by Geneva Academy researchers and teaching assistants – currently Sandra Krähenmann and Tom Gal – to foster debate and discussion between academics and practitioners on different aspects of international law or international relations. Taking place on Wednesdays, GAW have three different formats:

  1. PhD research roundtables provide an opportunity for PhD students to present and share their ongoing research and receive constructive feedback from other PhD students in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. These roundtables are not open to the public. If you are a PhD student who wishes to present, please contact the GAW coordinators.
  2. Interactive discussions allow researchers, professors and experts to have an open and constructive intellectual exchange on the international law aspects of issues and policies that shape the international agenda.
  3. Guest lectures by leading scholars address ongoing controversies in international law, often against the background of current events.

GAW are bilingual, with presentations and discussions in French or English. Snacks and refreshments are provided afterwards.

  • Subscribe to the GAW mailing list: GAW[at]geneva-academy.ch
  • Suggest a GAW topic or contact the coordinators: GAW[at]geneva-academy.ch
  • Follow GAW news on Twitter: @Geneva_Academy with the hashtag #GAWednesdays

Military Briefings

The Military Briefings, a unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law, aim to improve our students’ knowledge of military actors and operations and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds. Military guests – on active duty, retired or from the reserve – will discuss military institutions, their missions as well as operational and legal challenges they face in their daily work. Each briefing is divided into two parts: a presentation aimed at equipping students with basic knowledge on the selected theme, and a discussion, where the guest speaker engages with students on the challenges raised by the theme. This initiative is coordinated by Pavle Kilibarda.

The Six Themes Addressed in the Series

  1. Military organization and operational decision-making
  2. Operational law
  3. Integration of the law in military training
  4. Practical examples of legal challenges in operations
  5. Military justice
  6. Weapons systems
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Book Launch: ‘The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law’

8 November 2017, 18:30-20:00

This event marks the launch of Dr Katharine Fortin’s new book ‘The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law’.

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A Regional Consultation in New Delhi on the Future of UN Treaty Bodies

17 October 2017

Hosted by the South Asian University and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) at the South Asian University campus, the New Delhi meeting brought in specialists from the region to share their views on the future of UN treaty bodies.

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Professor Andrew Clapham Will Serve on the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

25 September 2017

The President of the UN Human Rights Council appointed Professor Andrew Clapham to serve as a member of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan charged with monitoring and assessing the human rights situation in the country.

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