In this opening lecture of the 2018–2019 academic year, Elisabeth Decrey Warner will share her experience, as Co-Founder and Former Executive President of Geneva Call, of promoting respect of international humanitarian law by armed non-state actors (ANSAs).
She will notably discuss the utility of international law, not only in light of its substance but also of its implementation and respect by the international community. Starting from the Geneva Call’s ground-breaking approach to develop an inclusive process towards ANSAs, she will also highlight that the limits of international law are not engraved in stone but are in our minds, habits, or fears to develop and invent new ideas.
Elisabeth Decrey Warner co-founded Geneva Call in 1998 and served as its Executive President until joining the Board in 2018 as its Honorary President. Prior to this, she has been working with several NGOs on issues related to refugees, disarmament and humanitarian norms. She was also a member of the Parliament of the Republic and Canton of Geneva for 12 years and was elected its President in 2000.
She has been recognized internationally for her outstanding contribution to peace. She was nominated for Switzerland as one of 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Among her many awards, she received the highest recognition in France, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Geneva and the Hessian Peace Prize in Germany.
She is currently an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).
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Students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law discussed key issues and challenges in their master's paper.
In this interview, Owiso Owiso, currently enrolled in our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
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This panel will focus on the practicalities of how international humanitarian law is used and the role it plays in the work of the UN human rights machinery.
This short course aims to study, in depth, an emblematic example of the complexity of international humanitarian law and the challenges it raises: the classification of armed conflicts.
This short course focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
This project looked at how to enhance compliance by armed non-state actors with international norms, taking into account the views both of the actors themselves and the experiences of those engaged in dialogue with them.
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From 2012 to 2015 the Geneva Academy hosted the Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Pablo de Greiff.