Research with Impact
Avv. Roberta Arnold, PhD, LLM
Roberta Arnold Ph.D. (Bern), LL.M. (Nottingham) is specialized in International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights Law.
A previous Public Prosecutor of Canton Ticino (2015-17), she is qualified as attorney in Switzerland (2009). Currently she is in charge of the investigation procedures led by the Post and Telecommunications Surveillance Service (Service PTTS) of the Federal Department of Justice and Police. She is also a lecturer (criminal law) of the University of Zurich and a former lecturer on “Terrorism and the Law” of the University of Lucerne.
After obtaining her PhD (summa cum laude) on “The International Criminal Court as a new instrument for repressing terrorism” (Transnational Publishers, 2004), which received the Walther Hug Prize (2005) and the Honorable Mention Award of the Francis Lieber Society of the American Society of International Law, she joined the Laws of Armed Conflict Section (2003–5) and the Arms Control and Disarmament Policy Section (2008–10) of the Federal Department of Defence. Between 2010-15 she worked as legal officer for the Office Federal Attorney General’s Office (International Criminal Law Unit and Counter-terrorism Division), and as researcher for the Chair of Strategic Studies of the Military Academy at ETH Zurich. In this context she was the Editor-in-chief of the Military Law and the Laws of War Review and she participated to the “MCDC research project” led by NATO Allied Commando Transformation on the use of autonomous systems under international law.
She has been invited by various organizations and academic institutions (e.g. the ICRC, UNOG, the San Remo IIHL, TMC Asser Institute, the universities of Stanford (USA), Bristol, Liverpool (UK), Bern, Zurich, Webster University and Geneva Academy in Geneva, FUS in Lugano (CH), Trieste and Università dell’Insubria (I)) to lecture and train military and diplomatic personnel, academics and practitioners in her areas of competence.
She is a retired officer (rank: maj./specialist officer) of the Swiss Armed Forces, in which she served as Military examining magistrate (2005-2017).
Publications Participation and Awards:
The International Criminal Court as a new instrument for repressing terrorism”
(Transnational Publishers, 2004)
Honorable Mention Award of the Francis Lieber Society
NATO Allied Commando Transformation (opens a pdf document)
Swiss Counter-Terrorism Laws: What are the Legal and Policy Challenges?
View conference on the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law
and Human Rights channel on YouTube