Executive Board

Mary Chong (Vice President for Seminars and Conferences)

Mary is a State Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Singapore, where she advises on all matters of public international law, including the law of immunities, international organisations law, treaties, human rights and the law of the sea.  She is currently specialising in international dispute settlement and is presently doing a fellowship with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg.  She holds a Master in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Geneva University (graduating top of her class) and a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore.  She attended the ILS in 2017.

Vittorio Mainetti (Secretary General)

Vittorio has been the coordinator of the ILS since 2006.  He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Saint-Etienne and at the University of Milan.  He worked for several years at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies as a Teaching and Research Assistant, and at the University of Geneva where he was in charge of the interface between science and policy and the cooperation between academia and international organizations.  He obtained a PhD in public international law from the Graduate Institute and the University of Milan.  His doctoral dissertation, entitled “L‘intérêt  culturel  internationalement protégé. Contribution à l’étude du droit international de la culture“, was devoted to the study of Culture Heritage Law.  He is particularly interested in the history of international law, the law of international organisations and the law of international cultural relations and cultural heritage protection.  He is the author of several publications (https://unige.academia.edu/VittorioMainetti).

Valeria Reyes (Vice President for Internal Relations)

Valeria is undertaking a Masters in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law at the Geneva Academy.  She was previously a scholar at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where she researched topics related to grave human rights violations and the Inter-American Human Rights System, and a teaching assistant at the University’s Law School.  Previously, she was a fellow for the Americas at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.  She holds a degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Magna Cum Laude). She attended the ILS in 2017.

Verity Robson (President)

Verity is the Legal Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva, where she conducts multilateral diplomacy on matters of public international law.  She was previously an Assistant Legal Adviser with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.  Prior to joining the FCO, she advised the UK Government’s Equalities Office on gender rights and held the post of Deputy Solicitor to the Al-Sweady Public Inquiry, which investigated allegations that UK armed forces abused and unlawfully killed detainees in Iraq.  She has been admitted as a solicitor in Scotland and in England and Wales.  She holds a Masters in International Law from SOAS, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in English Literature from the University of St Andrews.  She attended the ILS in 2017.

Moritz Rudolf (Vice President for Outreach and Publicity)

Moritz is currently preparing for the second German state examination in Law and writing his PhD on the role of the People’s Republic of China in shaping today’s international legal order.  Between 2014 and 2016 he worked at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), with a specific focus on China’s legal policy, geopolitical initiatives, and foreign relations.  In 2017 he was a fellow with the Berlin-based Research Group, “The international rule of law – Rise or Decline?”.  He conducted his first state examination in law in Heidelberg in 2014 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the same university.  In addition, he has spent over two years in Beijing studying Mandarin and Economics at the BLCU and Tsinghua University.  He attended the ILS in 2017.