International law

Image of the statue of Justice on the gate of the Peace Palace in The Hague
Symbol of Justice, at the entry to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. © UN Photo/Pernaca Sudhakaran

International law governs relations between states and simplifies international cooperation, providing certainty through the establishment of binding rules. It provides a basis for peace, stability and the protection of human beings. Within a context of ever-increasing interdependence it is constantly evolving.

Respect and promotion of international law

Compliance with international law in Switzerland; developments in international justice; the granting of immunities; protecting the interests of Switzerland and its citizens

Privileges and immunities

Distinction between the FDFA services managing the beneficiaries of privileges, immunities and facilities in Switzerland and legal reference materials

Neutrality

A means to an end which also entails rights and obligations for Switzerland

International Human Rights Conventions

Human rights are protected under international law, principally relying on the main UN Conventions

International humanitarian law

The protection of the victims of armed conflict: from the Geneva Conventions to the Montreux Document, an important Swiss commitment

Respect and promotion of international law

Compliance with international law in Switzerland; developments in international justice; the granting of immunities; protecting the interests of Switzerland and its citizens

Public international law in our daily lives

International law is not just for lawyers. It affects our daily lives.

Restitution of illicit assets

Prevention and enforcement underpin Switzerland’s activities to combat illicitly acquired assets of politically exposed persons