Annyssa Bellal

Annyssa Bellal

Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  International Human Rights Law  /  Armed Non-State Actors  /  Counter-terrorism  /  Public International Law

Dr Annyssa Bellal is Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy. She is also a Senior Lecturer in international law at Sciences Po, Paris.

Her areas of expertise include public international law, IHL, international human rights law and armed non-state actors. She edited and authored the War Report 2014 (Oxford University Press, 2015) and 2016 (Geneva Academy) and is the author of several articles on various IHL and human rights law issues, including an award-winning article on ‘International Law and Armed Non-State Actors in Afghanistan’ (International Review of the Red Cross, 2011, SNIS Geneva Award 2011).

Dr Bellal formerly worked as a legal adviser for the Swiss NGO Geneva Call, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She was also an Assistant Professor in public international law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland.

Dr Bellal holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in Public International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and an LLM in Philosophy of Law from the University of Grenoble. She also holds a Master of Advanced Studies in International Relations and an MA in Law from the University of Geneva.

Dr Bellal was awarded several fellowships for her research, notably from McGill University (O’Brien Fellow in Residence), New York University (Hauser Global Law School Research Fellow) and the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development (Albert Gallatin Research Fellow).

Taught Courses

North Kivu. Civilians are not spared and are all too often victims of attacks. But one hears little about the ways in which fighters are affected too and how they can also sometimes become victims. LLM - Course

Armed Non-State Actors and International Law

This course focuses on the study of non-state armed groups in contemporary armed conflicts and how international law regulates their actions.

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Publications

Cover page of the book

What are Armed Non-State Actors? A Legal and Semantic Approach

2020

Annyssa Bellal

E. Heffes, M. Kotlik, M. Ventura (eds), T.M.C. Asser/Springer

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Cover page of the War Report 2018

The War Report 2018

April 2019

Annyssa Bellal

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Norwegian centre for Human Rights

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Cover page of the Human Rights and International Law Discourse Vol (12.1)

Yes, I Do: Binding Armed Non-State Actors to IHL and Human Rights Norms Through Their Consent

2018

Annyssa Bellal, Ezequiel Heffes

Human Rights and International Law Discourse Vol (12.1)

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Cover page of the Research Handbook on Global Health Law

Health and the Law of Armed Conflict

2018

Annyssa Bellal

Research Handbook on Global Health Law, Edward Elgar Publishing

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