Professor Marco Sassòli has been appointed on 15 March as one of three experts – along with Professor Wolfgang Benedek and Professor Veronika Bílková – on a mission to investigate violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) in Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
This mission is conducted under the Moscow Mechanism and at the request of 45 participating States. The report by the three experts will have to be submitted within three weeks after the establishment of the mission.
‘I hope that we will able to make a first impartial assessment whether and to what extent IHL and IHRL have been violated in this armed conflict that has led to so much suffering and attention. I count on the understanding of the media that I cannot provide any information on the mission before the report is submitted to the OSCE’ explains Professor Sassòli.
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Professor Marco Sassòli is a renowned scholar in IHL and our former Director. He has been a Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva Law Faculty since 2004 and has been teaching IHL at the Geneva Academy – in our LLM in IHL and Human Rights – since that time.
From 1985 to 1997, he worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, notably as Deputy Head of its Legal Division, Head of the ICRC delegations in Jordan and Syria and as Protection Coordinator for the former Yugoslavia.
Marco Sassòli has published widely on IHL, IHRL, international criminal law, the sources of international law, the responsibility of states and non-state actors and Swiss constitutional law.
Mona Koehler-Schindler works at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and follows the programme online.
Half of the class of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights – 26 students – pleaded on 21 May at Villa Moynier on the 2008 South Ossetia armed conflict between Russia and Georgia.
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We look forward to welcoming our graduating students, their friends, families and our professors to the 2022 Graduation Ceremony.
This event marks the launch of our LLM alumna Ilia Siatitsa’s book ‘Serious violations of human rights, On the emergence of a new special regime’ published by Oxford University Press.
This online 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.
After having followed this online short course, participants will know who the protected persons and goods are and what rules of IHL can be used for their protection in an international armed conflict. An overview of the rules applicable in non-international armed conflicts will also be given.
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This project aims to further identify and clarify policies and practices for States and business, including public and private investors, across the full ‘conflict cycle’ and the ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.