Moot Courts

Presentation of the moot courts during orientation week Presentation of the moot courts during orientation week

As part of the curriculum, our LLM students can participate in two moot courts: the Jean-Pictet Competition on international humanitarian law (IHL) and the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. They also participate in two public pleadings as part of the IHL core course given by Professor Marco Sassòli.

Taking the Law out of the Books: the Jean-Pictet Competition

The Jean-Pictet Competition is recognized as the leading IHL competition and one of the most innovative training programmes for students in public international law. This week-long event tests students on their knowledge of and ability to implement IHL, as well as other branches of international law, through role-playing exercises based on a hypothetical armed conflict scenario. The dynamic structure of the Competition encourages participants to consider IHL issues from various perspectives while allowing the jury to evaluate each team's theoretical knowledge, practical understanding and presentation style.

LLM students can participate following a competitive selection process carried out by a Geneva Academy jury. For selected students, participation replaces two optional courses and can be validated for 6 ECTS.

In 2016 the Geneva Academy team won this prominent IHL moot for the first time.

An Immersive Experience in Human Rights Litigation: The Nelson Mandela Moot Court

The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, organized by the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) allows students to put into practice the notions and legal tools they have learned in class. For students wishing to work in human rights, it is an opportunity to explore issues of litigation, redress and accountability related to massive human rights abuses.

LLM and MTJ students can participate following a competitive selection process carried out by a Geneva Academy jury. For selected students, participation replaces two optional courses and can be validated for 6 ECTS.

Public Pleadings

As part of the IHL core course, all LLM students participate in public pleadings on specific conflict situations like the Gaza conflict in the summer of 2014 or the 2008 South Ossetian conflict.

Teams are assigned specific roles and plead, in front of a jury, on concrete issues related to the conflict. These include the classification of conflict and applicable law; classification of territory and persons; killing and destruction of property; use of weapons and precautionary measures during ground and air offensives; targeting of persons; detention of prisoners by armed forces and armed groups.

LLM Pleadings on South Ossetia at Villa Moynier News

Pleadings on the South Ossetia Conflict Take Place at Villa Moynier

17 May 2021

All LLM students – with the exception of one who pleaded online from Ethiopia – could plead at Villa Moynier in front of the jury composed of Professor Marco Sassòli and Lizaveta Tarasevich, an alumna of the Geneva Academy and Teaching Assistant at the University of Geneva.

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LLm Pleadings on Gaza at the Geneva Academy News

LLM Students Successfully Plead Face-to-Face and Online on the Gaza 2014 Conflict

27 April 2021

In the framework of our LLM in IHL and Human Rights, students pleaded during the entire day of 24 April 2021 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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Banner of the 2021 Jean-Pictet Competition News

A Memorable Face-to-Face Learning Experience at the 2021 Jean-Pictet Competition

26 April 2021

During one week, Mina Radoncic, Stephanie Mutasa and Tamara Aburamadan – currently enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights – represented the Geneva Academy at the 35th edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition that took place in Durrës, Albania.

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The Jean-Pictet competition has given me the opportunity to meet extraordinary people from all around the world, all with the shared goal of fighting for the respect of international humanitarian law (IHL) and protect human dignity. And, of course, this stimulating environment pushed me to increase my IHL knowledge even faster!

Isabelle Gallino

Delegate, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)