Extracurricular activities allow our MTJ students to focus on issues addressed in class with experts and practitioners, explore new subjects, and develop their network in Geneva and beyond. They enrich the MTJ programme by widening our students’ perspectives and knowledge of topics related to or close to transitional justice (TJ).
TJ is today a well-established field of knowledge, theory, and practice built across diverse disciplines. While TJ was initially conceived as a top-down institutional process, practitioners and human rights activists have been involved in its making since the beginning, engaging at different levels, including through the community, as well as at the local, regional and global levels. Today, TJ policies at the global and regional levels recognize the need to ensure that bottom-up approaches are respected.
The ‘Voices from the Ground’ series will provide a platform for our students to interact with practitioners and activists who contribute to TJ's everyday making. Guest speakers will share their experiences in setting up, running, working, or resisting various TJ mechanisms and processes.
This unique activity, coordinated by our Teaching Assistant Agustina Becerra Vazquez, will allow them to expand their understanding of how TJ is implemented at different levels and will familiarise them with challenges that appear in its implementation. In addition, students will also have the opportunity of expanding their professional network.
This unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law aims to improve our students’ knowledge of military actors and operations and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds.
Military guests – on active duty, retired or from the reserve – discuss military institutions, their missions as well as operational and legal challenges they face in their daily work around these six themes: military organization and operational decision-making; operational law; integration of the law in military training; practical examples of legal challenges in operations; military justice; and weapons systems.
Each briefing is divided into two parts: a presentation aimed at equipping students with basic knowledge of the selected theme, and a discussion, where the guest speaker engages with students on the challenges raised by the theme.
The Military Briefings are coordinated by our Research Fellow Dr Eugénie Duss.