The 88 students enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) started their respective programmes last week.
While most students managed to come to Geneva and attended the orientation week, we will maintain our system of hybrid teaching – with courses taught simultaneously in-class and online – to ensure that all our students can follow them.
‘New COVID-19 regulations issued by the Swiss authorities demand that students present a valid COVID Certificate to attend classes in person. While our priority is to have all our students in class, we will maintain this system as long as it is required by the sanitary situation’ explains Dany Diogo, Coordinator of our Masters’ Programmes.
Our 2021–2022 student body is, as in the previous year, characterized by a wide variety of profiles, backgrounds and countries of origin.
‘This diversity is an added strength to our programme as it brings different perspectives in class and enriches discussions and exchanges’ says Professor Gloria Gaggioli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
The 2021–2022 LLM class has 46 students from 25 countries: Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The 2020–2021 MTJ class has 42 students from 29 countries: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burundi, Colombia, Eritrea, France, Gambia, Georgia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The Netherlands, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States and Venezuela.
14 students from the LLM and 14 from the MTJ received a full or partial scholarship. These are allocated through a highly competitive process based on criteria established by the scholarship donors, and which notably include academic merit, extracurricular achievements and the candidate’s financial needs.
Several novelties enrich both programmes. The MTJ has a new format with a series of core courses – complemented by weekly tutorials – that cover central theoretical and practical issues in the fields of transitional justice, and a large offer of optional courses on issues like the role of civil society during transitions, memorialization or cultural heritage in post-conflict. Weekly tutorials given by our Teaching Assistants complement the core courses and allow students to revise and discuss concepts and issues address in class and prepare for exams.
Extracurricular activities have also been expanded for the LLM and the MTJ. They notably include a new series on United Nations human rights mechanisms with Geneva-based experts and practitioners, discussions around movies with filmmakers and experts, as well as training on the use of social media.
‘We are also expanding the list of institutions we collaborate with for internships during the second semester in order to respond to an increased demand by our students to have this professionalizing activity’ explains Dany Diogo
The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict – a part-time programme designed for professionals – will start on 29 September 2021, both in Geneva and online.
‘Applications for this programme are closed and we expect more than 40 participants with a mixture of online and in-person candidates. The final numbers will be confirmed in the days to come once the admission process is finalized.
In around 20 pages students of our LLM and MAS in Transitional Justice investigated a subject of special interest to them and deepened their knowledge and expertise through research as well as exchanges with experts, scholars and practitioners.
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This bilingual workshop, held in English and French, aims to raise awareness about the upcoming changes to the EU seed marketing legislation and explore pathways to align it with the right to seeds.
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This GHRP Friday will focus on good practices and potential modalities to be introduced globally in the nomination and election process for new UN treaty body members.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, discusses the protection offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) and addresses some problems and controversies specific to IHL of NIACs, including the difficulty to ensure the respect of IHL by armed non-state actors.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.