Moot Courts

Presentation of the moot courts during orientation week Presentation of the moot courts during orientation week

As part of the curriculum, our LLM students can participate in the Jean-Pictet Competition on international humanitarian law (IHL). They also participate in two public pleadings as part of the IHL core course given by Professor Marco Sassòli.

Taking the Law out of the Books: the Jean-Pictet Competition

The Jean-Pictet Competition is recognized as the leading IHL competition and one of the most innovative training programmes for students in public international law. This week-long event 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.

LLM and MTJ students can participate following a competitive selection process carried out by a Geneva Academy jury. For selected students, participation replaces two optional courses and can be validated for 6 ECTS. They are coached by our Teaching Assistant Mina Radončić.

In 2016 the Geneva Academy team won this prominent IHL moot for the first time.

Public Pleadings

As part of the IHL core course, all LLM students participate in public pleadings on specific conflict situations like the Gaza conflict in the summer of 2014 or the 2008 South Ossetian conflict.

Teams are assigned specific roles and plead, in front of a jury, on concrete issues related to the conflict. These include the classification of conflict and applicable law; classification of territory and persons; killing and destruction of property; use of weapons and precautionary measures during ground and air offensives; targeting of persons; detention of prisoners by armed forces and armed groups.

The two teams News

Two Geneva Academy Teams Will Participate in the Prestigious Jean-Pictet Competition

15 January 2024

For the first time, two Geneva Academy teams will participate in the prestigious Jean-Pictet Competition: a Francophone team and an Anglophone one.

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A Map of the region News

Our Experts and Resources on Israel/Palestine

9 February 2024

Discover our resources and what our experts and alumni say about the current situation in Israel and Palestine, with regular updates to include new events, articles, podcasts and comments.

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Cover page of the book Event

Book Launch: ‘Equality and Non-Discrimination in Armed Conflict, Humanitarian and Human Rights Law in Practice’

21 February 2024, 18:30-20:00

The author and leading experts in IHL and human rights will discuss humanitarian and legal issues pertaining to equality and non-discrimination in armed conflict, based on the findings presented in the book.

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The Jean-Pictet competition has given me the opportunity to meet extraordinary people from all around the world, all with the shared goal of fighting for the respect of international humanitarian law (IHL) and protect human dignity. And, of course, this stimulating environment pushed me to increase my IHL knowledge even faster!

Isabelle Gallino

Delegate, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)