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Spoken languages
English, French
Areas of expertise
  • Human rights
  • International courts and tribunals
  • International humanitarian law
  • International organisations, UN
  • Armed conflicts, violence
  • Arms control, disarmament
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Humanitarian action, intervention
  • International law (public, private)
  • Terrorism, crime



PhD, European University Institute, Florence

Andrew Clapham is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute. He was the first Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (June 2006 - July 2014). He teaches international human rights law, the laws of war, and public international law. Prior to coming to the Institute in 1997, he was the Representative of Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York. Andrew Clapham has worked as Special Adviser on Corporate Responsibility to High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to Sergio Vieira de Mello, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq. He was elected as a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists in 2013. He is currently serving as a member of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.



  • The international obligations of non-state actors under human rights law and under international humanitarian law


  • War (Oxford, Oxford University Press) 624p.
  • The General Assembly’,  and ‘The High Commissioner for Human Rights’ in F. Mégret and P. Alston, (eds), The United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal, 2nd edn,  (2020) 99-129, and 667-707.
  • Detention and Prosecution as Described in the DoD Manual’ in M. Newton (ed) The United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual: Commentary and Critique, (2019) 282-97.
  • Torture by Private Actors and ‘Gold- Plating’ the Offence in National Law: An Exchange of Emails in Honour of William Schabas’ with Paola Gaeta in Arcs of Global Justice: Essays in Honour of William Schabas, edited by M. De Guzman and D. M. Amann, (2018) 287-295
  • ‘Human Rights in Armed Conflict: Metaphors, Maxims, and the Move to Interoperability' Human Rights and International Legal Discourse, 2018, 9-22.
  • ‘Non-State Actors’, in S. Shah, S. Sivakumaran, and D. Harris, (eds), International Human Rights Law, (2018), third edition (2018) 557-579.
  • Detention by Armed Groups under International Law’, vol. 93 International Law Studies  (2017) 1-44.  
  • The Arms Trade Treaty: A Commentary, with S. Casey-Maslen, G. Giacca and S. Parker, (2016) 
  • The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary (co-edited with P. Gaeta and M. Sassòli) (2015) 
  • Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn 2015) 
  • The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict (co-edited with P. Gaeta)  (2014) 
  • Brierly’s Law of Nations: An Introduction to the Role of International Law in International Relations 7th edn (2012)

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  • Member of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan 
  • Honorary Member of the International Commission of Jurists
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