Division I: Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Justice, Diplomatic and Consular Law

Division I of the Directorate of International Law houses three sections specialising in:

  • human rights and counterterrorism
  • international humanitarian law and international criminal justice
  • diplomatic and consular law

The Division also handles matters in the following areas of expertise, where appropriate together with other units of the FDFA and Federal Administration:

  • human rights, the ratification of human rights instruments and reporting to the relevant United Nations committees
  • combating terrorism (foreign policy coordination), human rights compliance and international humanitarian law in counterterrorism
  • legal status of diplomatic and consular representations and their staff (foreign representations in Switzerland and Swiss representations abroad:  embassies, consulates and permanent missions to the international organisations in Geneva)
  • legal status of international organisations and their staff in Switzerland, and of international conferences organised in Switzerland
  • international criminal justice, in particular in connection with the International Criminal Court
  • international humanitarian law, initiatives to clarify or strengthen this body of law to ensure that it meets the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts
  • Secretariat of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC)