The Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: An Overview

The Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) combines comprehensive theoretical expertise with practical perspectives. It puts particular emphasis on providing individualized guidance and one-to-one counselling via personalized academic mentoring.

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From Ivory Coast to Burundi, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Tunisia or Guatemala, countries throughout the world struggle to deal with the aftermath of violent conflict or oppressive rule.

What does it mean for a society to come to terms with mass atrocities, such as genocide and ethnic cleansing? How can the rule of law be re-established in a country shattered by wide-scale violence? What are the legal obligations and standards relevant to societies trying to turn the page on a history of political violence? How can the competing demands of peace and justice be balanced in the aftermath of such traumatic events? What can realistically be expected from measures such as trials, truth commissions, reparation programmes and institutional reform?

The MTJ (60 ECTS) provides an advanced conceptual understanding of these issues. It also offers practical insights and exposure to current challenges and situations of transitional justice.

Based in the heart of International Geneva, this innovative master’s programme makes connections between academic excellence and practical expertise. Designed as a gateway to careers in the growing transitional justice sector, it focuses on developing practical skills through a year of clinical work and research internships in Geneva and beyond.

We are witnessing the critical role that transitional justice plays in addressing massive human rights violations and contributing to sustainable peace in many contexts around the world.

David Tolbert

President of the International Center for Transitional Justice


We offer scholarships to outstanding students who are unable to secure the funding required to cover tuition fees and/or the cost of living in Geneva.

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Clinical Work

The Master in Transitional Justice's clinical work comprises seminars that facilitate dialogue and critical reflection on specific situations.

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Spring School

The Transitional Justice Spring School is a special one-week course, open to external participants, that discusses cutting-edge issues in transitional justice

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Career Opportunities

Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

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