Ana Srovin Coralli


PhD Researcher in International Law
Spoken languages
Slovenian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Croatian
Areas of expertise
  • Domestic and International Criminal Law
  • Enforced Disappearances
  • State Responsibility
  • Migrants
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Transitional Justice
  • International criminal law
  • Public International Law
  • International humanitarian law
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Latin America
  • Western Balkans

PhD Thesis


Title: Bringing Perpetrators of Enforced Disappearances to Justice: In the Shoes of the Prosecutors

PhD Supervisor: Paola Gaeta

Expected completion date: 2024

The aim of the thesis is to clarify elements of the crime of enforced disappearance. On the one hand, this would increase the chances to have more prosecutions; on the other hand, it would help to understand why the few prosecutions that have been carried out so far have not been successful. As a crime that always requires the involvement of multiple perpetrators who are temporarily and spatially displaced, the thesis aims to assess the possible forms of criminal liability for the persons involved. Specifically, the thesis explores which modes of liability could be applicable and how to apply certain criminal law principles (for instance the principles of legality and non-retroactivity) to perpetrators involved at different stages of an enforced disappearance. In this sense, the ultimate objective of the PhD research is to assist investigative authorities in investigating and prosecuting this crime and beyond, e.g. when confronted with offences with a characteristic of collective criminality.



Ana Srovin Coralli is a PhD candidate and a Teaching Assistant at the International Law Department at the Geneva Graduate Institute. In the past, Ana worked also at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, for the International Committee of the Red Cross and at swisspeace. She holds a Master's in International Law from the Geneva Graduate Institute and a Master in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana.

Ana's key expertise and research interests span the fields of international criminal law, public international law (particularly the law of state responsibility), enforced disappearances, missing persons, transitional justice and international human rights law. 

Research Interests


  • International, transnational and domestic criminal law

  • International responsibility of states and non-state actors 

  • Enforced disappearances and missing persons 

  • Criminal justice in transitional justice contexts 

  • Sexual violence 

  • Use of force

  • Migrants


Academic Work Experience


Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant at The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
  • Speaker and organiser of a workshop at the ELSA Conference on International Humanitarian Law, held in Warsaw in March 2023                               

Research Experience

  • Researcher in SNIS-funded multidisciplinary research project on the search for victims of enforced disappearance
  • Research Assistant to Professor Ernest Petrič in the framework of his work for the International Law Commission 
  • Team leader and researcher in EU-funded research project ‘Legislation and practice in handling waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Slovenia and other European countries'



Missing Migrants Officer, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva 

Intern, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

Consultant for EU-funded project ‘Increasing Accountability and Preventing Enforced Disappearances and Extrajudicial Killings in Mexico, Nepal, the Gambia and Beyond’, Basel 

Associate Program Officer and Intern, Dealing with the Past Program, swisspeace, Basel 


Relevant Publications and Works

  1. Research Handbook on War Crimes, to be published by Edward Elgar in 2024. Author of the chapter ‘Omission and War Crimes' and co-author of the chapter 'National Prosecution and Universal Criminal Jurisdiction' (submitted, waiting for the first review)
  2. War and Peace in the 21st Century Conference. Co-author of the article 'Prevention and Due Diligence: Necessary Responses to Violence against Women as a Structural Risk' (upcoming in September 2023)
  3. EJIL! Talk. Co-author of the blogpost '»Failure« to Act of Mr Putin: Liability by Omission' (2023)
  4. Missing Persons Project of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Author of the 'Report on the Meeting of States and Other Stakeholders along the North/West African Migration Routes to Discuss a Joint Approach on Missing Migrants' (2023)
  5. Opinio Juris. Author of the post ‘A Word on Criminal Omission and Its Prominence in International Criminal Law' (2022)
  6. swisspeace. Co-author of the working paper 'The Search for Victims of Enforced Disappearance: A multidisciplinary exploration of current practices' (2022)
  7. Dejusticia. Co-author of the article 'La búsqueda y la participación en los casos de víctimas de desaparición forzada: marco legal en Colombia y El Salvador' (2021)
  8. Torture Journal. Co-author of the article Who are they to say? Experiences and recognition of victimhood of enforced disappearance in Colombia and El Salvador’ (2021)
  9. Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Author of the working paper Non-State Actors and Enforced Disappearances: Defining a Path Forward’ (2021)
  10. swisspeace. Author of the study Coordination between the search and criminal investigations concerning disappeared persons’ (2021)
  11. Migration Policy Institute. Author of the article Mexico's Search for Disappeared Migrants Has Evolved, but Challenges Remain’ (2021)
  12. Völkerrechtsblog. Co-author of the post The vicious cycle of impunity. Psychosocial consequences of disappearances in El Salvador’ (2020)
  13. Legal practice, magazine for Slovenian professional legal community. Author of the article ‘On the implementation of the Guiding Principles for the Search for Disappeared Persons’ (2019)
  14. International Law Blog, blog with fresh perspectives on international law. Co-author of the post International Legal Obligations of States Concerning the Search for Missing Migrants: a Possible Way Forward’ (2019)
  15. Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice Conference. Author of the article ‘R2P in Latin America: Are principles of sovereignty and non-intervention really standing in the way of R2P’s operationalization?’ (2019)
  16. International Law Blog, blog with fresh perspectives on international law. Co-author of the post Redefining Jus Cogens. An Insight Into the International Law Commission’s Discourse on Peremptory Norms of General International Law’ (2018)
  17. Legal practice, magazine for Slovenian professional legal community. Co-author of the article ‘Recent discussion of the International Law Commission about the role of Peremptory Norms of General International Law (jus cogens)’ (2018)
  18. Legal Practice, magazine for Slovenian professional legal community. Co-author of the article ‘Regulation of handling waste from electrical and electronic equipment: current changes and suggestions for improvement’ (2016)
  19. Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana. Co-author of the book Regulation of handling waste from electrical and electronic equipment’ (2015)


Fellowships, Grants and Awards


1st Master thesis awarded in October 2019 as one of the best Slovenian theses on the topic related to the United Nations’ field of work



  • Swiss School of Bussiness and Management - branch Geneva