In Spring Semester, LLM students go on a study trip to learn about leading institutions and organizations active in the field of international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights (HR). This trip allows students to experience the practical side of IHL and HR, and is a marvellous opportunity to understand the work of international organizations and NGOs, meet staff and experts and discuss IHL and HR issues.
The Geneva Academy Student Association is responsible for organizing the LLM study trip, which is partially financed by the Geneva Academy.
Students in the 2015–2016 academic year travelled to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, where they could learn more about work and challenges in a post-conflict zone and the ways in which different organizations – the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGOs – operate in the field.
In 2014–2015, students went to The Hague and Amsterdam, where they met judges, prosecutors, defence counsel and other personnel from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court.
Several years have passed and I am now surrounded by former Geneva Academy students anywhere I go to work. I often come back to Geneva: walking through the streets, meeting my friends and seeing current LLM students full of hope and expectations makes me somewhat emotional, particularly because I know that they will meet those expectations.
The Geneva Academy is a leading education and research institution in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.
Our teaching enables specialists to apply legal frameworks to complex situations and challenging processes.
Our experts are leading academics in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.
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