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Professor Robin Geiß

Affiliate Professor (currently working at UNIDIR)

Robin Geiß serves as Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). He retains a role as Affiliate Professor at the School of Law, University of Glasgow.
Prior to his departure to UNIDIR, Professor Geiss was Director of the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security (GCILS) and led the research group on International Law, Conflict and Security.
He was the founding programme director of the Erasmus Mundus Programme in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development and directed Glasgow’s dual degree programme in the law and politics of global security which he developed together with the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).

Professor Geiß held the Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and was a visiting scholar at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, Paris since 2017. Prior to his professorship at the University of Glasgow, he was Professor of International and European Law at the University of Potsdam, Germany and worked as Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva and as ICRC delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Professor Geiß studied law in Bielefeld, Edinburgh, Kiel (PhD 2003) and at the New York University (LLM 2004), and is a qualified German lawyer (First and Second State Exam).

Professor Geiß has advised international organizations and states, inter alia, in proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and on matters pertaining to international human rights and international humanitarian law. His advisory work has included mandates from the United Nations, the Red Cross, the German Federal Foreign Office, the World Health Organization, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, the Centre for Economic and Social Rights in New York and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He served as editor of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law and on the Lieber Prize committee of the American Society of International Law and was a member of the scientific advisory boards of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and the Leibniz Science Campus on Transformations and Frictions of Globalization.

(Photo credit: Thomas Hedrich)

Publications

Humanizing the Laws of War: The Red Cross and the Development of International Humanitarian Law

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Over the past 150 years, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been one of the main drivers of progressive development in international humanitarian law, whilst assuming various roles in the humanization of the laws of war. With select contributions from international experts, this book critically assesses the ICRC's unique influence in international norm creation. It provides a detailed analysis of the workings of the International Red Cross, Red Crescent Movement and ICRC by addressing the milestone achievements as well as the failures, shortcomings and controversies over time. Crucially, the contributions highlight the lessons to be learnt for future challenges in the development of international humanitarian law. This book will be of particular interest to scholars and students of international law, but also to practitioners working in the field of international humanitarian law at both governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Andreas Zimmermann
Stefanie Haumer

Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea: The Legal Framework for Counter-Piracy Operations in Somalia and the Gulf of Aden

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Since 2008 increasing pirate activities in Somalia, the Gulf of Aden, and the Indian Ocean have once again drawn the international community's attention to piracy and armed robbery at sea. States are resolved to repress these impediments to the free flow of trade and navigation. To this end, a number of multinational counter-piracy missions have been deployed to the region. This book describes the enforcement powers that States may rely upon in their quest to repress piracy in the larger Gulf of Aden region. The piracy rules of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the legal safeguards applicable to maritime interception operations are scrutinized before the analysis turns to the criminal prosecution of pirates and armed robbers at sea. The discussion includes so-called shiprider agreements, the transfers of alleged offenders to regional states, the jurisdictional bases for prosecuting pirates, and the feasibility of an international(ized) venue for their trial. In addressing a range of relevant issues, this book presents a detailed and comprehensive up-to-date analysis of the legal issues pertaining to the repression of piracy and armed robbery at sea and assesses whether the currently existing legal regime is still adequate to effectively counter piracy in the 21st century.

Anna Petrig