Three students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights – Yasmin Afina, Guillem Adrià Puri Plana and Noa Schreuer – will represent the Geneva Academy at the 30th Edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition that will take in Ohrid, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, from 24 to 31 March 2018.
They are coached by George Dvaladze, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy and PhD candidate at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva.
For this edition, the Committee for the Jean-Pictet Competition received 86 applications and selected 32 Anglophone and 16 Francophone teams for the final rounds. The Geneva Academy’s team will participate in the Anglophone group of the Competition.
The Jean-Pictet Competition is an important part of the professionalizing training on international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights offered by the LLM at the Geneva Academy. ‘Alongside the academic courses on the law applicable in armed conflicts, participation in the competition offers students a unique opportunity to take the law out of the books’ stresses George Dvaladze.
As he also underlines in an article in the International Committee of the Red Cross Law and Policy Blog ‘apart from tremendous experiential learning, IHL competitions also give young students a chance to expand their professional circles and embrace careers in those fields afterwards’.
Our alumni have also participated in the competition in different roles, such as members of the organizing committee, jury members and tutors.
In this interview, Alexis Comninos, 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
Our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict (60 ECTS, equivalent to a LLM) is one of the few part-time, innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international law in armed conflict offered today.
Against the background of the mobilization of ‘foreign fighters’ for the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the Geneva Academy undertook various research projects to highlight and clarify a range of international law issues that arise through their participation and measures taken to stem their mobilization.
Medical Aid for Palestinians / Ezz Al Zanoon
This project aims to ensure better protection of and assistance for persons with disabilities in situations of armed conflict or its aftermath by identifying legal obligations to protect and assist persons with disabilities during conflict, and the policies and practices required to put these obligations into effect.