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.

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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, the International Commission of Jurists, or the United Nations Children's Fund.

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Tana Delta region, Kipao village. Haduko benefits of a cash assistance programme of the ICRC for people affected by the drought. The assistance is sent through a mobile money service, and the receiver then makes a cash withdrawal from a mobile money vendo IHL Talks

Cash transfer programming in emergencies: implications for protection, rights and International Humanitarian Law

27 April 2018, 12:30-14:00

This IHL Talk will discuss the key principles which underpin the selection of cash as the means of assistance and how it aligns with core principles of international human rights and humanitarian law.

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Picture of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan Geneva Academy Wednesdays

Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: Prospects and Challenges

2 May 2018, 18:30-20:00

This Geneva Academy Wednesday proposes to discuss the international law principles governing the threat or use of nuclear weapons, as well as the significance of the nuclear weapons ban treaty for nuclear disarmament.

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Gaza City, 2014. Palestinians check the remains of Al-Basha, a building that was destroyed by an Israeli air strike. Event

Public Pleadings by LLM Students on the Summer 2014 Gaza Conflict

1 June 2018, 09:00-16:00

In the framework of the LLM course on international humanitarian law (IHL), students will plead for Israel and Palestine arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.

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