Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland



The Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) formulates and coordinates Swiss foreign policy on the instructions of the Federal Council. A coherent foreign policy is a precondition for the effective protection of Swiss interests vis-à-vis foreign countries.

December 2002 - present

Founded in 2002, the International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative sponsors original policy papers and networking tools with the goal of promoting new strategies for the protection of civilians. The IHL portal, in parallel with a series of high-level expert meetings, facilitates information sharing and research on key legal and policy challenges.

January 2004 - present

Developed in cooperation with the UN and other international agencies, this project delivers policy and training activities focusing on IHL in the context of the Middle East peace process. An associated portal serves as an online information resource, offering materials in both Arabic and Hebrew.

January 2004 - present

This research initiative, driven by an expert working group, seeks to codify the rules of IHL applicable to air and missile warfare through a contemporary reexamination and methodical restatement of existing law.

May 2001-June 2004

Active from 2001 through 2004, this project provided policy and communications support to the Human Security Network, a multilateral group of 13 states dedicated to promoting human security strategies in foreign policy.

December 2001-January 2004

This interdisciplinary portal was developed to explore the complex relationship between commerce and war, with the goal of aiding governments, corporations, and international agencies in disentangling the root causes of conflict.

This project is geared toward developing capacity building measures, training opportunities, and practical guidance in the domain of monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF). HPCR, building on two years of intensive research on MRF mechanisms, has engineered the Harvard Group of Professionals on Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding. This collective of high-level MRF practitioners will convene over the course of the coming years to build a consensus among key MRF stakeholders around the most effective methods of addressing the core challenges that MRF practitioners face.

Past event partnerships

Sep 21 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00pm

Targeted attacks from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have become an essential...

Jun 26 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am

As the occurrence of non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) has increased in recent years, humanitarian actors face pressing challenges to help protect civilians. These challenges stem not only...

May 10 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am

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The recent increase in social media...

Apr 26 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am

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Human rights norms are playing an increasingly important role in humanitarian action. Yet there seems to be a growing confusion on the...