International Geneva

General view of the room XX and delegates during of the High Level Segment of the 31st Session at the Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland, February 29, 2016 General view of the room XX and delegates during of the High Level Segment of the 31st Session at the Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland, February 29, 2016

A Human Rights and Humanitarian Hub

Alongside New York, Geneva is the main centre of international governance. It is the European headquarters of the United Nations (UN) and the most active location in the world in multilateral diplomacy. Home to dozens of international organizations, more than 250 NGOs and 174 state representations, Geneva is also a human rights (HR) and humanitarian hub.

With the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Human Rights Council, secretariats of all UN treaty bodies, leading human rights NGOs and renowned experts, the city offers an exceptional platform for HR diplomacy.

Key humanitarian actors work from Geneva to promote respect for international humanitarian law (IHL), ensure humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and address the humanitarian aspects of disarmament. These include the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Médicins sans Frontières (MSF).

Key Collaborations with Leading Actors

The Geneva Academy has developed close collaborations with Geneva-based HR and humanitarian actors and regularly welcomes their experts to events, policy discussions and taught sessions. Our research cooperates with them on many levels, advancing understanding and stimulating debate in policy-making institutions and government on IHL, HR protection, transitional justice or weapons law.

Thanks to these collaborations, our master’s programmes offer students numerous internship and networking opportunities, which allow them to gain practical experience and make useful contacts for their careers.

Masters

We are a leading education institution in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Research

Our research examines issues that are under-explored, need clarification, or are unconventional, experimental or challenging.

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Publications

Our publications address current issues and challenges and stimulate debates in the academic community and in policy-making institutions and governments.

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Executive Education

We provide training and short courses for professionals who want to deepen their expertise in a specific issue.

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General Comment on the Right to Life: Update from the UN Human Rights Committee

22 March 2017, 18:30-20:00

Professors Sarah Cleveland and Yuval Shany will discuss challenges related to the process of adopting a new General Comment on the right to life by the UN Human Rights Committee.

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How the UN Human Rights Council Addresses Armed Non-State Actors: Key Challenges and Way Forward

9 February 2017

Ten years after the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council, our new publication highlights the current challenges related to the Council’s approach to armed non-state actors and proposes recommendations to better address this phenomenon.

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A New Rule of Law in Armed Conflict Online Portal

7 February 2017

We are launching an updated version of our Rule of Law in Armed Conflict (RULAC) portal, an online database that identifies and classifies all situations of armed violence that amount to an armed conflict under international humanitarian law (IHL). The updated version includes all conflicts that have emerged over the last five years and are still ongoing.

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