11 September 2019
Students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) just arrived at the Geneva Academy for a busy orientation week before courses start next week.
‘Orientation week is an opportunity for our students to make friends and learn more about studying at the Geneva Academy and living in Geneva. Information sessions help them familiarize with the Geneva Academy, their programme and the campus, as well as with administrative and legal issues related to their arrival in Geneva like the health insurance, residence permits or bank accounts’ explains Dany Diogo, Coordinator of Masters Programmes at the Geneva Academy.
The 2019–2020 LLM class has 39 students from 26 countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Eritrea, France, Greece, India, Italy, Iran, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
‘Our LLM students come from different legal and professional backgrounds: many just finished their graduate studies, while others already worked as attorneys, in NGOs, as university teachers or in the military of their country, which tremendously enriches discussions and exchanges in classes’ underlines Professor Marco Sassòli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
‘The LLM programme is full time and very demanding: besides acquiring the legal tools to address contemporary humanitarian and human rights challenge, students will also develop their own critical thinking to apprehend these. The aim is to train persons able to work in practice, not academics, although some return after a few years in practice to undertake doctoral studies’ he adds.
The 2019–2020 MTJ class has 25 students from 21 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Peru, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, and United Kingdom.
‘It is always a pleasure to meet our students in person: while we get to know them through the application process, having them here at the Geneva Academy means for us the beginning of an intense academic year with a busy programme, rewarding academic exchanges and a mutual learning process’ underlines Frank Haldemann, Co-Director of the Geneva Academy.
‘This year’s class is very diverse: we have students from different regions, professional experiences and disciplinary backgrounds, which is always a plus for exchanges and discussions in class’ stresses Thomas Unger, Co-Director of the Geneva Academy.
14 students from the MTJ and 12 from the LLM received a full or partial scholarship. These are allocated through a highly competitive process based on criteria established by the scholarship donors, and which notably include academic merit, extracurricular achievements and the candidate’s financial needs.
‘Our donors limit scholarships to students from countries of the Global South and Eastern Europe. Only one fee waiver is available for other LLM students’ explains Marco Sassòli.
The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict will start on Thursday 3 October.
‘As this programme is a part-time one designed for professionals, it starts a bit later: applications are in fact still open until 23 September and we expect to have around 15 to 20 participants’ explains Dany Diogo.
Joshua Niyo received a one-year Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Doc.Mobility grant to spend a year at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law as Visiting Researcher.
Diego Ruiz Gayol is a Mexican diplomat working at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN in Geneva where he is in charge of human rights issues. In this interview, he tells about the programme and what it brought to his career.
The 2021 Annual Conference will discuss the connectivity between national human rights actors and the Geneva-based international mechanisms.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, examines the sources of international humanitarian law (IHL). It provides an introduction to the key principles and terminology of IHL.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, examines the conduct of hostilities in situations of international armed conflict, also known as the Law of The Hague.
Cámara de Diputadas y Diputados de Chile
This project aims to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses affecting different National Human Rights Systems.
Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.
UN PHOTO /Jean Marc Ferre