16 March 2017
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.
Abel Vijayakumar is enrolled in our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of LAW (MTJ). In this interview he tells about the programme and life in Geneva.
Pleun Andriessen graduated from our MAS in Transitional Justice in 2019. She currently works for the NGO Syrians for Truth and Justice on a project related to the current constitution-building process in Syria. In this interview, she tells about the programme and what it brought to her career.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, provides participants with a solid understanding of the existing pluralistic system of international accountability for international crimes and of its main challenges.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, reviews the origins of international criminal law, its relationship with the international legal order including the UN Security Council and its coexistence with national justice institutions. The scope of international crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression – is considered alongside initiatives to expand or add to these categories.