Robin Geiss

Robin Geiß is Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Prior to his appointment in early 2021, he served as Professor of International Law and Security at the University of Glasgow and a visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. A former Legal Adviser of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and ICRC delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Robin Geiß is currently director of the “Security Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”-project at the Collaborative Research Centre 700 at Freie Universität Berlin, editor of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, and Rapporteur of the International Law Association’s (ILA) Study Group on the humanitarian challenges of 21st century warfare. Previously, he was a member of the international group of experts that, under the auspices of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, drafted the “Tallinn Manual” on international law applicable to cyber-warfare.

In addition to his academic work, Professor Geiß is frequently consulted on practical questions of international law. He has advised international organizations and states, inter alia, in proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and on matters pertaining to new (military) technologies and cyber security. He is a member of the MILAMOS-project on the military uses of outer space, the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Protestant Church’s Just Peace-project, the Lieber Prize Committee of the American Society of International Law and the German National Committee on International Humanitarian Law. 

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