Paola Gaeta

Paola Gaeta

Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  International Human Rights Law  /  International Criminal Law  /  Public International Law  /  Transitional Justice  /  International Criminal Justice  /  International Immunity Law

Paola Gaeta is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Criminal Justice and of the International Spectator (formerly The Italian Journal of International Affairs).

Professor Gaeta is a leading expert on international criminal law and international criminal courts and tribunals and has published widely on these issues. Her research interests focus on international criminal law, particularly with regard to topics more closely related to general issues of public international law and/or exposed to cross-fertilization by international human rights law and international humanitarian law. She is currently leading a research project on Lethal Autonomous Weapons and War Crimes: Who is To Bear Criminal Responsibility?

Previously, Professor Gaeta was Director of the Geneva Academy (2007–2014), with Professor Andrew Clapham, where she directed the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Adjunct Professor at the University L. Bocconi (Milan) (2015-2018) Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2010–2015) and Professor of International Criminal Law at the University of Geneva (2007–2015). From 1998 to 2007, she was consecutively Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of International Law at the University of Florence.

Taught Courses

October 2016, Hearing on reparations in Lubanga case LLM - Course

International Criminal Law

This course aims to give students an in-depth knowledge of the most crucial issues of international criminal law. After dealing briefly with the birth and evolution of international criminal law as a branch of public international law with regard to the so-called core crimes, the course focuses on the legal ingredients of each core crime (war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide).

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The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court ('ICC' or 'Court') decided unanimously to authorise the Prosecutor to commence an investigation into alleged crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court in relation to the situation in the Islamic Rep Master in transitional justice - Course

Theoretical Frameworks of International Criminal Law

This course will provide an overview of the contemporary international criminal law regime, with a focus on key controversial issues surrounding the international definition of each so-called 'core' international crime (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression).

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Trial Chamber hearing in the Ayyash et al. case (Case STL-11-01) - 28 January 2016 Executive Master - Course

Accountability for Atrocity Crimes

This course examines the mechanisms and institutions available in international law to hold individuals legally accountable for acts amounting to atrocity crimes.

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Ntaganda case: Closing statements.  The closing statements in the case of The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court (ICC) started on 28 August 2018 before Trial Chamber VI at the seat of the Court in The Hague (Netherlands). Short Course

Accountability for Atrocity Crimes

This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, provides participants with a solid understanding of the existing pluralistic system of international accountability for international crimes and of its main challenges.

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Publications

Cover page of the book

Cassese's International Law, Third Edition

August 2020

Paola Gaeta, Jorge E. Viñuales, Salvatore Zappalá

Oxford University Press

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Cover of The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary

The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary

October 2015

Paola Gaeta, Marco Sassòli, Andrew Clapham

Oxford University Press

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Cover of the book The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict

The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict

March 2014

Paola Gaeta, Andrew Clapham

Oxford University Press

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Cover of the book Cassese's International Criminal Law

Cassese's International Criminal Law

January 2013

Paola Gaeta, Antonio Cassese

Oxford University Press

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