About Geneva

View of Geneva's Mont-Blanc Bridge with flags of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) View of Geneva's Mont-Blanc Bridge with flags of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

One of the most popular places to live

According to international rankings, Geneva offers an excellent quality of life and is one of the most popular places to live.

The city is clean and safe, with high-quality public facilities and reliable public transport. It is easy to get around either by bus, tram, cycle or on foot. The many green areas, parks and the lake make it an agreeable city to live in.

A Human Rights and Humanitarian Hub

As the European headquarters of the United Nations (UN) and the most active location in the world for multilateral diplomacy, Geneva is home to dozens international organizations, more than 250 NGOs and 174 state representations, with 29,000 persons employed in this sector.

Every week, events organized by the Geneva Academy, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva, international organizations and NGOs feature leading experts in the humanitarian and human rights fields and directly touch upon topics addressed in our programmes.

A Multicultural City

As a multicultural city with more than 180 nationalities, Geneva has a vibrant cultural life – a broad range of music concerts, music festivals, dance, opera, a variety of movies, art galleries, theatres and museums. A significant number of these cultural offers are accessible to English speakers.

Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

Career Opportunities

Most of our students go on, or return, to work with international organizations, international courts and tribunals, NGOs, governments or academic institutions. Our 700 plus graduates have a visible presence in Geneva-based human rights and humanitarian institutions, but also in the wider field and other cities worldwide.

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Clinical Work

Students of our Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law have the opportunity, via clinical work, to follow seminars that facilitate dialogue and critical reflection on specific situations and pursue research internships with leading actors in the field of transitional justice.

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World Economic Forum Global Shapers Annual Curators Meeting 2016, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Internships with leading actors

Our LLM students have the opportunity to acquire first-hand professional experience via internships with Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights actors like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHCR) and the International Law Commission.

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The four LLM students with their bicycle News

Cycling for a Geneva Academy Scholarship - A Transalpine Journey to the Cradle of the Red Cross

25 April 2017

Four students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights are embarking on a bicycle trip to Solferino to raise funds for a scholarship for next year’s LLM class. They need your support!

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Group photo of Master in Transitional Justice's students during their study trip to Nuremberg News

Master in Transitional Justice: Study Trip to Nuremberg

16 March 2017

The second term of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law started with a very special occasion: a study trip to Nuremberg. A key site for thinking about transitional justice as a contemporary response to mass atrocity.

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Intervention by the police during a demonstration in Greece Event

High Level Panel on the Policing of Assemblies and Human Rights: Freedom of Assembly, Prohibition of Torture and Right to Life

1 May 2017, 18:00-20:00

Panelists will discuss the human rights that are at stake during the policing of assemblies, challenges posed by the use of specific weapons and other means by law enforcement agencies, and the role and potential of the revised Minnesota Protocol.

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