Christian Durisch Acosta
4 August 2021
Christian Durisch Acosta works in Burkina Faso with the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). As a Humanitarian Affairs Officer deployed from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, he supports and advises the humanitarian country team on the interlinkages between humanitarian, development and peace actors – the so-called triple nexus – and advocacy strategies.
Prior to that, Christian worked as scientific collaborator in a lawyer’s office in Bern, specializing in refugee law; as a Human Rights Adviser with UNAIDS in Mozambique; Project Associate with OHCHR in Honduras; and Coordinator/Advisor of the International Commission against the Death Penalty.
Christian is enrolled in our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. He completed the programme’s courses back in June 2020 and defended his Executive Master’s paper on siege warfare from a human rights perspective in August 2021.
I was looking for a part-time postgraduate programme in international law to complement my professional profile, stimulate my academic interest, and maybe even open up a path to research-oriented jobs or a PhD. The Executive Master seemed to respond to all these goals.
I deeply enjoyed listening to the lectures, reading the all the materials and pursuing my personal research interests. Writing my thesis on siege warfare from a human rights perspective was a wonderfully stimulating experience. So yes, the richness of the curriculum and excellence of the professors and teaching assistants, who were genuinely interested to interact, did meet the expectations that the reputation of the Geneva Academy creates.
I am originally a historian, which is probably also why the courses on public international law turned out to be a highlight for me. I am still fascinated how the course, which was masterfully taught by Distefano and Gazzini, made me reflect on the intricacies of International Law and History as scientific disciplines.
I would say this depends very much on how you approach the endeavour of a postgraduate course while working aside. I wanted to benefit as much as possible, and hence reduced my working hours and committed the bulk of my spare time to this programme.
The acquired thematic and methodological expertise has made my profile more competitive. The good reputation of the Geneva Academy helps in this regard, too. I also hope to continue pursuing my research interests in one way or another.
Yes, I highly recommend this Executive Masters programme to anyone wishing to develop a comprehensive understanding on how international law applies in fragile contexts and armed conflict.
Sandra Pointet/Geneva Academy
In the presence of students and their families and friends, Faculty members and Geneva Academy staff – with some students and their families participating remotely – the Graduation Ceremony was the occasion to celebrate this important milestone, congratulate our students for this achievement and say goodbye.
The 35 professionals enrolled in our online Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict have just started their programme with two courses: an introductory course on international law and the international legal order and a course on international humanitarian law.
This online short course focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
This online short course discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter-terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.