Geneva Centre for Security Policy

GCSP (Switzerland)

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation focusing on executive education that facilitates collaboration in support of peace, security, and international cooperation. Established by the Swiss Confederation in 1995, and now with 53 Member States, the Centre equips a diverse range of experts, leaders and practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and community they need to help their organisations thrive in today’s ever-changing security landscape.

Contact information

Geneva Centre for Security Policy – GCSP

Geneva Centre for Security Policy – GCSP
Maison de la paix
Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2D
P.O. Box 1295
CH-1211 Geneva 1 (Switzerland)

Tel: + 41 22 906 16 00

Fax: + 41 22 906 16 49




Twitter: @TheGCSP


Point of contact

Marc Finaud

The team

Name, Surname, contact Resume Speciality/Research Focus

Mr Marc Finaud

Head of Arms Proliferation

Tel. +41 22 730 96 41

Marc Finaud is a former French diplomat who has been seconded to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) between 2004 and 2013 and now works for this institution in training diplomats and military officers in international and human security and conducting research in those fields. During his 30-year career as a diplomat, he served in several bilateral postings (in the Soviet Union, Poland, Israel, Australia) as well as in multilateral missions (to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Conference on Disarmament, the United Nations). He holds master’s degrees in international law and Political Science. He was also Senior Resident Fellow (WMD Programme) at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) between 2013 and 2015. He is now also a Swiss citizen.
  • Arms control
  • Disarmament
  • Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons
  • Middle East
  • International Humanitarian Law

Mr Tobias Vestner

Head of Security & Law

Tel. + 41 22 730 96 56

Tobias Vestner teaches, researches, and organizes dialogue on the intersection between security policy and international law. He heads the Symposium for Senior NATO/PfP Legal Advisors. He also leads and teaches in executive education courses such as: Air and Missile Warfare: Navigating the Legal Dimension (Advanced AMPLE); Legal Dimensions of Contemporary and Future Use of Force; Weapons Law and the Legal Review of Weapons; Negotiations Theory and Practice. He is also responsible for the event series ‘Security and Law: A Reality Check’, a public dialogue that explores how international law matters in security affairs. He has many years of experience in international law, international relations, and policymaking. Before joining the GCSP, he was Research Affiliate and Global Futures Fellow at Georgetown University. Prior to that, he was Policy Advisor at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, where he managed political processes with regard to the export of conventional weapons and participated in the UN negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty. Previously, while at the Law of Armed Conflict Section at the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Sports and Civil Protection, he contributed to bilateral negotiations on military cooperation, and trained military officers in international humanitarian law. He holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master of Laws in International and European Law from the University of Geneva, and a Bachelor degree in Swiss Law from the University of Lausanne. He has Swiss and German citizenships. A former reserve member of the Swiss Special Forces Command, he serves as reserve Legal Advisor at the Swiss Armed Forces Staff. He is member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law.
  • International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Weapons Law
  • Disarmament Law

Dr Jean-Marc Rickli

Head of Global and Emerging Risks

+41 22 730 96 87



Dr Jean-Marc Rickli is the Head of Global and Emerging Risks at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the co-chair of the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium emerging security challenges working group and a senior advisor for the AI (Artificial Intelligence) Initiative at the Future Society. He is also a member of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and represents the GCSP in the United Nations in the framework of the Governmental Group of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). He is a member of the advisory board of Tech4Trust, the first Swiss startup acceleration program in the field of digital trust and cybersecurity. In 2020, he was nominated as 
. Prior to these appointments, Dr Rickli was an assistant professor at the Department of Defence Studies of King’s College London. Dr Rickli received his PhD and MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, UK, where he was also a Berrow scholar at Lincoln College. His latest book published by Georgetown University Press is entitled Surrogate Warfare: The Transformation of War in the Twenty-first Century. He has lived and worked in Europe, USA, Middle East, and China.
  • New technologies
  • Arms Control
  • Middle East