The Council is the main statutory body of the Institute. According art. 8 of the Statutes it “oversees the management and determines the programme of activities of the Institute according to the general policy established by the General Assembly”.

The Municipality of Sanremo and the Italian Red Cross are ex officio Council members.


  • Professor Edoardo GREPPI
    Professor of International Law and International Humanitarian Law, Department of Law, University of Turin


  • Professor Fausto POCAR
    Former President, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Emeritus Professor, University of Milan


  • Lieutenant General (retd) Giorgio BATTISTI (Italy), former Commanding General of Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • Ms Claire LEGRAS, (France) Director for Legal Affairs at the General Secretariat of the French Ministry of Defence
  • Professor Nils MELZER (Switzerland), UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Professor, University of Glasgow; Human Rights Chair, Geneva Academy of IHL and Human Rights


  • Dr. Helen DURHAM (ICRC), Director of Law and Policy, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Brigadier General Dr. Karl EDLINGER (Austria), Legal Adviser, Austrian Armed Forces
  • Associate Professor Chris JENKS (USA) SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas
  • Ambassador Marja LEHTO (Finland), Member of the UN International Law Commission
  • Colonel Carl MARCHAND (Switzerland), Head, IHL and Human Rights Section, Swiss Armed Forces
  • Mr. Anthony MORRIS, (UNHCR), Chief Learning Officer, Global Learning and Development Centre
  • Mr. Johan RAUTENBACH (IOM), Legal Counsel and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs, IOM
  • Dr. Heike SPIEKER (Germany), Deputy Director, International Cooperation Division, German Red Cross
  • Brigadier General (retd) Jan Peter SPIJK (The Netherlands) Honorary President, International Society for Military Law and the Law of War
  • Brigadier General Darren STEWART OBE (United kingdom), Head, Operational Law, British Army Headquarters
  • Professor Bakhtiyar TUZMUKHAMEDOV (Russia) Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law
  • Professor Gabriella VENTURINI (Italy) Professor Emerita, University of Milan
  • MUNICIPALITY OF SANREMO (ex officio member)
  • ITALIAN RED CROSS (ex officio member)


  • Ms Stefania BALDINI, Secretary-General **
  • Mr. Mauro GIANCATERINO, Treasurer
(*) President, Honorary President, Vice-Presidents and Council members do not receive any remuneration for their services.