Geneva University sets up University Centre for International Humanitarian Law
18-07-2002 News Release 02/29
Geneva University’s law faculty and Graduate Institute of International Studies signed an agreement on 16 July setting up the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law (UCIHL). The centre is to become a focus of excellence in the field of international humanitarian law.
The UCIHL will be concentrating on the legal dimension of international humanitarian law in the widest sense, taking in relevant aspects of international criminal law, human rights and refugee law.
The Centre will run regular research and teaching programmes (with a postgraduate diploma course starting this Autumn) and will do ad hoc work for particular groups, such as university lecturers and workers from humanitarian organizations.
The ICRC played an important role in setting up the Centre and will be closely involved in its management and work. Antoine Bouvier, the ICRC’s specialist on links with the academic world, sees the founding of the UCIHL as an important event. “There are already several courses on human rights and there are research programmes on human rights and humanitarian work, but there are very few institutes specializing in the study of international humanitarian law. The UCIHL will be one of the leaders in its field and will attract the top researchers and students, not least because Geneva is home to the main humanitarian organizations.”UCIHL Website: www.cudih.org