Security and Law

Legal considerations are an increasingly important part of national and international security policy decisions. As a result, various relevant stakeholders experience a growing need for dialogue, clarification, education and guidance in areas at the intersection between security policy and international law. 

In response to these needs, GCSP enhances the capability and willingness of policy makers, shapers and implementers to effectively address emerging security challenges while ensuring compliance with recognized principles of international law. 

Among the specific focus areas are:

• Identifying the legal challenges arising from a continuously evolving security environment;
Developing impact-oriented courses, educational tools on selected legal issues;
• Clarifying the law governing the relevant issues through practice-oriented research;
• Fostering solutions-oriented policy dialogue on these challenges among key stakeholders.

In pursuing these activities, the GCSP cooperates with partner institutions and other key stakeholders based in Geneva and elsewhere with a view to creating synergies, pooling resources, and maximising outreach.

In this context, the Centre has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (ADH). Through this MoU, the GCSP and the Geneva Academy conduct common activities in the field of security and law. Examples of activity areas include training programmes on weapons law and similar cross-cutting issues.

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