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Situations of armed conflict affect the lives of millions of people globally. They remind us that the need to ensure respect for international law during and following armed conflicts and to train the next generation in these fields are as acute as ever.
Every year, more than 500 talented young students apply to our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) and to our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) with a scholarship. Among these, we can only accept around 20 thanks to the generous support of our donors who fund scholarships for these programmes.
This means that we leave out many other promising students because of their limited resources.
‘Studying in Geneva can represent an important financial burden for students and their families. As a result, many talented candidates – from both western and non-western countries – cannot enrol in our programmes’ explains Professor Gloria Gaggioli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
‘It is key for us to ensure a broad diversity in our student body, with students bringing different social, geographical and cultural backgrounds and perspectives in class. Such a mix is not only essential for the programme itself, but also to address contemporary challenges in IHL, human rights and transitional justice’ she adds.
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We could do much more with your support: every contribution matters, we know that times are difficult for all.
You have the opportunity to contribute – via our one-month crowdfunding campaign – to scholarships that will cover the tuition fees of students with limited means for the upcoming academic year. We talk about 18,000 Swiss Francs per student that can change someone's life and opportunities.
So with 18,000 Swiss Francs we could help one student, with 36,000 two, with 54,000 three, and so on!
‘I am myself an alumna of the LLM and I still use every day what I have learned during my time at the Geneva Academy. This has changed my life and career. I hope that this will continue to change the life and career of many others, including those with limited means’ says Maud Bonnet, Executive Director at the Geneva Academy.
‘Following graduation, students who received a scholarship often go back to their country or regions affected by conflict or undergoing political transitions, bringing much-needed expertise in complex transitional contexts’ stresses Thomas Unger, Co-Director of the MTJ.
We count on our alumni, friends, community and on any person who believes in the power of education and in the value of international law to alleviate sufferings and make our world a better and safer place for all.
Every amount given via this campaign will be entirely allocated to our scholarship fund. In case we cannot raise enough money to cover one or several scholarships, the raised funds that cannot be allocated to a scholarship will be in any case used for our students in 2021-2022.
The LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) is a one-year postgraduate degree course that focuses on all rules applicable to armed conflicts. By promoting both academic excellence and independent critical thinking, it equips those who will have to address complex crises, emerging humanitarian and human rights challenges or challenging processes such as criminal proceedings, international negotiations and humanitarian interventions with the knowledge and tools to alleviate suffering, fight impunity and provide redress to victims.
The MTJ curriculum is designed for highly qualified and open-minded candidates interested in acquiring high-level academic education and practice in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law.
One of the few programmes on this subject worldwide, this one-year full-time postgraduate degree addresses transitional justice from a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective. Combining theoretical knowledge with real-world perspectives and a cross-disciplinary approach, it bridges the gap between academic theory and professional practice and trains students to implement specific transitional justice work in various contexts and situations.
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Applications will run until 29 January 2021 for applications with a scholarship and until 26 February 2021 for applications without a scholarship.
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Every year, at the Graduation Ceremony, three students – two from the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and one from the MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law are rewarded for their exceptional academic work via three prizes.
Join us for our open house to learn more about this part-time programme designed professionals, meet staff, students and alumni, and discuss career opportunities.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will cover the ‘nuts and bolts’ of implementation, including national legislation, dissemination and training, and discuss the mechanisms such as the International Fact-Finding Commission, as set out in the treaties.
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.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.
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.