30 July 2014

New Director of the Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Professor Robert Roth has been appointed as Director of the Geneva Academy, as of 1 August 2014. A renowned scholar on international criminal justice Professor Roth has been dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva and, in this capacity, was intensively involved in the creation of the Academy, before being called to become Presiding Judge of the Trial Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a position that he left in September 2013. Professor Roth has published extensively on international criminal law and human rights.

Professor Roth will replace Professors Paola Gaeta and Andrew Clapham, who are stepping down as directors of the Academy after many years of dedicated leadership.

Under their guidance the Academy has developed two innovative masters’ courses in international humanitarian law and human rights, and successfully undertaken more than twenty research projects, including flagships projects such as the annual War Report, the online Weapons Law Encyclopedia and transitional justice research.

Professors Clapham and Gaeta also coedited the Oxford Handbook on International Law in Armed Conflict published earlier this year and, together with Marco Sassòli, a new Commentary to the 1949 Geneva Conventions to be published at the beginning of next year. They will remain involved in the Academy’s work and projects.

The Academy is a joint Center of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and of the University of Geneva.