The LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in a Nutshell

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What

The LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) is:

  • An intensive one-year course aimed at educating around 40 highly qualified and open-minded students in the field of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) in armed conflict
  • An in-depth study of the following areas: international law, IHL, IHRL in armed conflict, international refugee law and international criminal law (ICL)
  • A focus on topical and emerging issues like the Islamic law of armed conflict, or cultural and identity claims in light of international legal concepts
  • A prestigious faculty composed of leading academics and renowned experts and practitioners who are abreast of the latest developments and debates
  • An ongoing focus on practice via exchanges with practitioners and military actors, work on concrete case scenarios, participation in public pleadings and the possibility for several students to carry out internships and participate in two moot courts
  • A study trip to familiarize with field work
  • An international, multicultural and diverse student body with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, experiences and motivations
  • Two annual awards that recognize exceptional academic work
  • Access to our events which provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to discuss and debate topical issues in IHL, IHRL and ICL
  • An LLM degree conferred by two prestigious academic institutions
  • The foundation for a successful career in inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with IHL, human rights, ICL refugees or migration, as well as public administration, international tribunals or academic institutions

Why

10 reasons for choosing the LLM at the Geneva Academy:

  • A leading institution in the field of IHL and IHRL
  • The opportunity to gain solid and unique expertise in IHL, IHRL in armed conflict, international refugee law and ICL and the interplay between them
  • A programme that forms high-level professionals qualified to work as academics, staff members or field workers for inter-governmental, governmental, and non-governmental organizations
  • Familiarity with a wide range of contemporary contexts and challenges
  • The combination of theory and practice
  • A personal teaching style that encourages interaction between students and lecturers
  • Specialized supervised research for the master’s thesis
  • Career counselling and advice by one of our parent institution, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Ties with leading actors in the humanitarian and human rights fields
  • A unique human experience during which all those involved (students, faculty and resident staff) develop long-term bonds

How

  • 60 ECTS Credits
  • Core courses that provide a firm grounding in public international law, IHL, IHRL in armed conflict, international refugee law, ICL and the interplay between them (42 ECTS Credits)
  • Weekly tutorials that allow students to revise and discuss concepts and issues addressed in the core courses
  • Optional courses that allow students to deepen their expertise in a particular issue such as counter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, transitional justice, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities or the work of international courts and tribunals (12 ECTS Credits)
  • The possibility to carry out internships with leading humanitarian and human rights actors (6 Credits)
  • Participation in public pleadings and in the prestigious Jean-Pictet Competition (6 Credits)
  • The writing of a master’s paper (6 ECTS Credits)
  • A study trip
  • A graduation ceremony

During my study at the Geneva Academy, I came to realize that international law is not just limited to theoretical issues. Professors who are teaching us are not just interpreting the theoretical dimensions but also sharing their practical experience.

Quazi Omar Foysal

Lecturer in Public International Law, American International University-Bangladesh

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LLM Students Plead Online on the 2008 South Ossetian Conflict

18 May 2020

In the framework of our LLM and the course on IHL given by our Director Professor Marco Sassòli, students pleaded online on 17 May for Russia and Georgia arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.

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LLM Students Continue their Precious Discussions and Social Life Online

30 April 2020

Despite confinement, social distancing and a programme that is now entirely online, students managed to pursue, albeit remotely, their precious interactions, discussions and social life.

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LLM Students Successfully Plead Online on the Gaza 2014 Conflict

28 April 2020

In the framework of the IHL course of our LLM in IHL and Human Rights, students pleaded online during the entire day of 25 April for Israel and for Palestine arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.

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