The Geneva Academy, represented by three LLM students – Yasmin Afina from Indonesia, Guillem Puri Plana from Spain and Noa Schreuer from Israel/Germany – reached the semi-finals of the prestigious 2018 Jean-Pictet Competition.
47 teams from all over the globe were selected to participate in the 2018 edition of this leading international humanitarian law (IHL) competition, held in Ohrid, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, from 24 to 31 March 2018.
‘During Pictet, we were given the opportunity to learn many things which, I believe, we would have never been able to learn otherwise in such a short period of time and in such an enjoyable manner’ underlines Yasmin Afina. ‘Meeting and discussing with more than a hundred bright-minded people from across the globe was truly inspiring’ she adds.
'I warmly recommend it to every international law enthusiast and feel privileged for the opportunity to engage in fascinating questions relating to IHL, while getting to know extremely professional practitioners, scholars and students from all around the world' underlines Noa Schreuer.
During one week, the Geneva Academy team played different roles including the Ministry of Justice; the communications department of an NGO; an armed non-state actor (ANSA); the International Committee of the Red Cross (legal advisers and delegates negotiating access to a territory controlled by an ANSA); members of a country's Red Crystal (during the 'field' simulation); individual members of an International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission; the Political Division of a UN Mission; as well as judge, prosecutor, and defense.
'Participating in the Jean-Pictet Competition has been a unique experience that will always stay with me. Since we started our preparation, we have not only grown personally but the team spirit made us go beyond our preconceived limits' stresses Guillem Puri Plana.
Participation in this major IHL competition forms part of the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights curriculum.
The three LLM students were selected following a competitive process and were coached by George Dvalaze, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy. Their participation in the Jean-Pictet Competition replaces two optional courses (6 ECTS credits).
‘Our LLM students have been participating in the Jean-Pictet competition since the beginning of the programme as it gives them exposure to concrete cases and allows them to put into practice what they are learning in class’ underlines Robert Roth, Director of the Geneva Academy.
The Jean-Pictet Competition is recognized as the leading international humanitarian law (IHL) competition and one of the most innovative training programmes for students in public international law. It is a week-long event that tests students on their knowledge of and ability to implement IHL, as well as other branches of international law, through role-playing exercises based on a hypothetical armed conflict scenario. The dynamic structure of the competition encourages participants to consider IHL issues from various perspectives while allowing the jury to evaluate each team's theoretical knowledge, practical understanding, and presentation style.
In 2016, the Geneva Academy team won this prominent IHL moot.
In this interview, Annabelle Gagnon-Bischoff, currently enrolled in the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
Gloria Gaggioli has been appointed Swiss National Fund (SNF) Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva where she will lead a four-year research project on ‘Preventing and Combating Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Towards an Empirico-Legal Approach’.
Un Photo/Violaine Martin
This panel will focus on the practicalities of how international humanitarian law is used and the role it plays in the work of the UN human rights machinery.
We look forward to welcoming students, their friends, families and our professors at the 2018 Graduation Ceremony.
This short course discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.
This short course 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.
This project examined the legal requirements that the use of autonomous weapon systems would need to comply with in a number of scenarios envisaged by proponents of increasing autonomy in weapon systems.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.