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Prof Andrew Clapham

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Andrew is an associate member of Matrix.

Andrew Clapham is Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and was the first Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. He specialises in international human rights and has acted in several ECHR cases. He has been a special adviser on Corporate Responsibility to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, and was adviser on international humanitarian law to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. He was the Representative of Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York from 1991-1997, and has participated as the representative of Amnesty International in numerous inter-governmental meetings as well as in Amnesty International missions to Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi and Liberia. Andrew was involved in the case of Osman v UK before the European Court of Human Rights.

Called 1985, Andrew has a practice in international human rights and humanitarian law, international criminal law, and UN law. He has advised on cases before the European Court of Human Rights and acted as legal adviser and representative for the Government of Solomon Islands for the drafting of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998). He also participated as the representative of the International Commission of Jurists in the negotiations for the amendment to the Rome Statute to include the crime of aggression, and in the diplomatic conferences for an Arms Trade Treaty 2012-2013. In 2014 Andrew was nominated as an Arbitrator under the UN Law of the Sea Convention.

As Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Andrew teaches human rights law, humanitarian law and public international law.

He is co-author, with Susan Marks, of International Human Rights Lexicon (Oxford University Press, 2005). Another book Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Actors (Oxford University Press, 2006) examines the legal protection of human rights in situations where the threats to the enjoyment of human rights come from non-state actors rather than directly from state agents. Andrew’s latest book is a new version of Brierly’s Law of Nations: An introduction to the role of international law in international relations (Oxford University press, 2012). He is presently editing together with Professors Gaeta and Sassòli a Commentary to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 to be published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

For a list of Andrew’s other publications and his CV, click here.

Andrew accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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