Nils Melzer

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Nils Melzer (born 1970) is a Swiss academic, author and practitioner in the field of international law. Since 1 November 2016, Melzer has served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. He is a professor of international law at the University of Glasgow and holds the Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Switzerland, where he has been teaching since 2009, including as the Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law (2011–2013).

Selected publications

Targeted Killing in International Law[15] (Oxford University Press, 2008).
Interpretive Guidance on the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law (Geneva: ICRC, 2009).
Cyberwarfare and International Law (Geneva: UNIDIR, 2011)
With Hans-Peter Gasser: Humanitäres Völkerrecht – Eine Einführung, 2nd ed. (Zürich: Schulthess, 2012).
With Michael N. Schmitt (ed.) et al., Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare (Cambridge: University Press, 2013).
International Humanitarian Law - a Comprehensive Introduction (Geneva: ICRC, 2016).
Der Fall Julian Assange - Geschichte einer Verfolgung. 336pp. (München: Piper Verlag, 2021).


Julian Assange and WikiLeaks: anatomy of a persecution
Stefania Maurizi, Nils Melzer

In their conversation, Nils Melzer (UN Special Rapporteur on Torture) and Stefania Maurizi (investigative journalist, Il Fatto Quotidiano) dissect the Julian Assange and WikiLeaks case