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  • Dr Nils MELZER  

    Dr Nils MELZER

    Senior Programme Advisor and Senior Fellow, Emerging Security Challenges Programme


    Dr Nils Melzer has served for 12 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a Legal Adviser and Deputy Head of Delegation in various conflict zones as well as at the ICRC’s headquarters in Geneva. In 2011, he was appointed Research Director of the Competence Centre for Human Rights at the University of Zürich and, in 2012, Senior Programme Advisor and Senior Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). From 2011 to 2013, he also held the Swiss Chair for International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Dr Melzer regularly serves on various committees and expert groups including, most recently, the Temporary Steering Committee for the “International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers”, and a NATO-sponsored expert group tasked to draft the “Manual on International Law in Cyber War” (Tallinn Manual). His advisory work has also included mandates from the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, the International Telecommunication Union, the German Bundestag, the European Union Parliament, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, the Swiss Military Academy, and the Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. A sought-after speaker at high-level military and academic conferences around the world, Dr Melzer has authored award-winning and widely translated publications relating to international legal challenges arising from the contemporary security environment. His areas of particular expertise include targeting and the use of force, cyber-conflict and new weapons technologies, as well as the regulation of private military and security companies.


    Selected Publications