From Solferino to Gaza: Even Wars have Limits

Friday, 16. October 2009 | 8:30 Uhr


Angelo Gnädinger


ICRC Geneva


Angelo Gnaedinger from the International Red Cross (ICRC) talked about ICRC missions in conflicts in regions such as Israel/Palestine, in the Balkans, Sudan and Afghanistan. With only a few exceptions, the wars were fought between ethnic groups and not between countries. Despite international guidelines – which have been accepted by almost every country – civilians still suffer most from these conflicts.

Angelo Gnädinger

Angelo Gnaedinger, born in 1951, trained as a lawyer and served as examining magistrate in the Swiss canton of Schaffhausen before joining the ICRC in 1984.

Following initial field assignments in the Middle East and Africa he held various posts at the ICRC’s Department of Operations in Geneva. In particular, he was head of the Detention Division from 1992 to 1994, Delegate-General for Western and Central Europe and the Balkans from 1994 to 1998. In 1998, he was appointed Delegate-General for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He is Director-General since 2002. Mr Gnaedinger is married and has two children.

Donators and Partners

The ETH Board is responsible for the strategic leadership of the ETH domain and assumes the supervision of its institutions. Its close relationship with the ETH Council has contributed to the successful continuation of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2000.

The Foundation promotes research into the connecting human fundamentals of science. Academia Engelberg Foundation and the Foundation for Basic Research in Human Sciences have entered into a cooperation agreement for the period 2011 to 2015.

Helvetia is a quality-oriented comprehensive insurance company with over 150 years of experience. Academia Engelberg Foundation is convinced it will be able to use important synergies from the partnership starting in 2015.

A partnership with the University of Lucerne has existed since summer 2013. Since 2016 we have also a parthership with the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Lucerne. Through these partnerships, synergies are used and joint projects are tested and realized. The University of Lucerne currently consists of three faculties: the faculties for Theology, Culture and Social Sciences, and Law.