Vincent Chetail


Director, Global Migration Centre
Spoken languages
English, French
Areas of expertise
  • Armed conflicts, violence
  • Human rights
  • Immigrants, refugees, diasporas
  • International courts and tribunals
  • International humanitarian law
  • International organisations, UN
  • Migration policies and law
  • Military occupation
  • Peacekeeping, peacebuilding, reconstruction policy
  • Terrorism, crime



PhD Paris II Panthéon-Assas

Faculty member since 2003, Vincent Chetail is Professor of International Law and Director of the Global Migration Centre. He is also a Board Member of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and, from 2004 to 2012, was the Research Director of the Geneva Academy. He was also Head of the Master in International Affairs from 2009 to 2012.

Professor Chetail is Editor-in-Chief of Refugee Survey Quarterly (Oxford University Press), General Editor of the book series Theory and Practice of Public International Law (Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston) and Organisation internationale et relations internationales (Bruylant, Brussels).

He regularly serves as a consultant to governments, NGOs and international organizations. He has been Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School (Human Rights Programme, 2013) and Visiting Professor at several universities, such as the Hague Academy of International Law (2016), Queen University of Belfast (2016), the European University Institute – Florence (2010), the University of Paris XI (2006-2012) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (2008-2012).

Vincent Chetail’s papers are available on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).




His areas of research relate to refugee and migrant law, humanitarian law and human rights, international criminal law, UN law, collective security and peace-keeping.









  • Editor in-Chief of Refugee Survey Quarterly (Oxford University Press)
  • General Editor of the book series Theory and Practice of Public International Law (Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston)
  • General Editor of the book series “Organisation internationale et relations internationales” (Bruylant, Brussels).
  • Member of the Directory Boards of the Geneva Academy of International and Humanitarian Law and of the Centre of European Legal Studies
  • Senior Research Associate at the Refugee Law Initiative (University of London)
  • Member of the Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe (Odysseus)
  • Member of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM), the International Association of Refugee Law Judges and the Global Migration Policy Associates
  • Member of the General Assembly of the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg)
  • Member of the Réseau francophone de recherche sur les opérations de paix
  • Member of several Editorial Boards (including European Journal of Human Rights, Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies and Quebec Journal of International Law).
Vincent Chetail

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