Can Switzerland be neutral in the face of armed aggression?

On February 24th 2021, Russia attacked Ukraine. Four days later, Switzerland aligned itself with the European Union and adopted the same set of sanctions against Moscow, much to Russia's dismay. A few months later, Switzerland refused to allow arms it had sold to Germany to be delivered to Ukraine. The Confederation managed the feat of being criticised both by those who denounced the loss of Swiss neutrality, and by others who regretted exactly the opposite: the absence of solidarity towards a country under attack. What does Swiss neutrality mean in an increasingly divided world? Can and should one remain neutral in all circumstances, even when international law and human rights are violated with impunity? Can Switzerland both defend international law and offer its good offices? And if so, how?

Followed by a book signing by Pierre Hazan.

International lawEconomy & politicsSwitzerland

Sunday 19 March


Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

sold out - in case of cancellation, tickets will be put back on sale before the screening

English / French

In partnership with the University of Geneva


Thomas Greminger Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

Marco Sassoli Professor of Public International Law at the University of Geneva

Sanija Ameti Co-President of Operation Libero and council member of the Grünliberale Partei (GLP) in Zürich

Moderated by

Pierre Hazan Adviser with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, author of "Négocier avec le diable"