In this interview, Clarita Montant, a French-American and Salvadorian student enrolled in the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
Before studying at the Geneva Academy, Clarita Montant completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Houston.
I grew up in the French Alps, on the border with Geneva, so coming to study at the Geneva Academy meant coming back home and I could not be more excited about it!
The programme has been everything I expected and even more. The staff and professors are so interesting and knowledgeable individuals, but still very approachable. This is what stood out the most to me. Professors make themselves very accessible to us, whether it is for a question on the class or something more personal and specific about our career.
Generally, Geneva is not the most exciting city for students. However, when studying human rights, there is no better place. The amount of conferences you can attend and the connections you will make are incredible!
Apart from studying, there are a lot of things to do in Geneva, but it won’t come to you naturally. Geneva is one of those cities where you just have to dig a little and stay aware of events in order to know what’s going on. Also, don’t be scared to go outside the city. You are only 30 minutes from the French Alps, take advantage of that!
A great advantage of this programme is its affiliation with the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva. As a student at the Geneva Academy you are also a student of both institutions, meaning you have access to all of their student activities; and they are endless! From sports to language classes, you will surely find something you are interested in.
I chose to be photographed in the chocolate section of a store in Geneva for two reasons. First of all, who doesn’t love chocolate!? Second, chocolate is one of the specialities of Switzerland and you will find some delicious chocolate on every corner of Geneva. Pretty convenient for the long study sessions!
Our new publication Transitional Justice and the European Convention on Human Rights systematically reviews and critically discusses the evolving ‘transitional’ jurisprudence of Europe’s main guardian of human rights – the Court in Strasbourg – across highly contentious issues such as amnesty, property rights, along with institutional reform and vetting.
A Geneva Academy team will participate in the 2017 Nuremberg Moot Court, which will take place on 26-29 July 2017. It will be one of the 42 teams coming from 27 countries.
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin will present her new book ‘The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict’, which focuses on the multidimensionality of gender in conflict.
UN Photo/Stuart Price
This course provides a concise and systematic treatment of the peacebuilding process in post-conflict and fragile situations. It adopts a holistic definition of peacebuilding that combines the socio-political issues with economic growth in a sustainable development perspective.
This course explores the international dimension of the rule of law and its promotion in transitional contexts, focusing on institutional reform and guarantees of non-recurrence. The course also looks at the role of the international community and civil society in rule of law reform.
U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers
From 2012 to 2015 the Geneva Academy hosted the Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Pablo de Greiff.
This project intends to clarify the conditions of accountability for international crimes by providing a detailed assessment of the customary international law status of, in particular, the actus reus and mens rea elements of modes of liability: planning, instigating, conspiracy, direct and indirect perpetration, co-perpetration, the three forms of joint criminal enterprise, the doctrine of common purpose under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, command responsibility and aiding and abetting.