The second term of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) 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.
Nuremberg is of course internationally renowned for the so-called Nuremberg Trials, held by the Allied Powers after World War II to judge the major war criminals. But Nuremberg is also the city after which the infamous Nazi racial laws were named and where the National-Socialist Party Rallies were held annually between 1933 and 1938 as massive orchestrations of Nazi propaganda.
A visit to the Nuremberg Trials Memorial was one of the trip’s highlights. This information and documentation centre is located on the top floor of the courtroom where leaders of the Nazi regime had to respond for their crimes before an International Military Tribunal. Following the visit, MTJ students had an insightful discussion and friendly exchange with professors and students from the University of Nuremberg-Erlangen.
MTJ students also visited the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Ground, which is housed in the unfinished Congress Hall. They attended the permanent exhibition ‘Terror and Fascination’, which looks at the causes, context and consequences of the Nazi regime. Later, they walked together through the gigantic remains of buildings that served as a monumental background for the Nazi party rallies.
Visiting all these historically charged places proved to be an intense, at times harrowing, experience for students.
An update about the programme, students, the Faculty and new developments by the two Directors, Frank Haldenmann and Thomas Unger.
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
During one week, from 19 to 23 March, practitioners, scholars, experts and students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines discussed the roles that memory, culture and history play in dealing with a violent past and in preventing recurrence of atrocities.
This public conference provides an opportunity to discuss the contributions of UN human rights mechanisms to the monitoring of the SDGs that seek to realize ESCR and their collaboration with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.&am
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, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, investigated the relevance of international law in relation to such demands for reparation.