Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
9 June 2020
Following the easing of lockdown measures announced by the Swiss Federal Council, we are gradually reopening our doors from Monday, 8 June.
This reopening is done in strict accordance with the protective measures enacted by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) as well as the State of Geneva, and in coordination with the measures decided by our two parent institutions – the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Staff will have the possibility to resume work on-site or continue teleworking and our Student Office will be open again to students, but with scheduled appointments only. Students can also continue to contact the staff in the Student Office by email.
The Villa Moynier will remain closed to the general public, except for specific events organized in the respect of sanitary rules or for visitors with scheduled appointments.
Workspaces in the libraries of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and of the University of Geneva will once again be accessible to students, with the exception of the Uni Mail libraries, which are closed for renovation until 15 June. The websites of the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva provide additional information regarding access to their premises.
We are busy preparing for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Due to the pandemic and to guarantee a supportive learning environment for all our upcoming students, we will offer as of September 2020 a hybrid teaching with courses taught simultaneously in-class and online for our three master's programmes. This will allow students who will not be able to travel to Switzerland within the first weeks or months due to travel restrictions to follow their programme remotely and to interact with their fellow students who are in Geneva.
This hybrid teaching will be maintained until all our students are able to reach the shores of Geneva’s lake.
Due to the pandemic and possible travel restrictions to Switzerland, all our 2020 training courses will be offered both online and in Geneva.
As such, participants who will not be able to travel to Geneva to attend their course will be able to follow classes online, including sessions taking place at the United Nations.
Our upcoming public events will either take place online – as it was the case during the confinement –, or at the Villa Moynier, in the strict respect of sanitary rules. Hybrid events – taking place both online and in our premises – are also planned.
During one week, Berta Fernández Rosón, Melina Fidelis Tzourou and Yulia Mogutova – currently enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights – represented the Geneva Academy at the 34th edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition that took place in Denpasar, Indonesia. They reached the finals of the competition.
Human Rights Centre at the University of Pretoria
Charlotte Volet and Sonali Wanigabaduge, enrolled in our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law during the 2019–2020 academic year, successfully qualified for the oral rounds of the Nelson Mandela moot court.
UN Photo/Mark Garten
In this opening lecture of the academic year, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism on international crimes committed in Syria, will share her experience on a career in international law.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law. It will start with an introduction to the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system. The course will then provide a presentation of the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, examines the sources of international humanitarian law (IHL). It provides an introduction to the key principles and terminology of IHL.