27 March 2023
Daniel Fyfe follows our online Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict while working as an Associate Expert at the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva on UN treaty bodies’ individual communications procedures.
Prior to that, he worked for OHCHR in Colombia doing human rights monitoring and for FIAN International, mainly supporting FIAN’s advocacy efforts before the UN human rights system in Geneva and focussing on the issue of transnational corporations and human rights.
I felt that I lacked an in-depth understanding of international humanitarian law and the full complexity of how it relates to international human rights law. The Geneva Academy, as a renowned institution in this field of study, and the flexible format of the programme particularly attracted me.
I particularly enjoy following the four complementary modules at the same time and also the possibility we have to write a paper, which is an opportunity to confront the material studied in the courses with my field experience. I also enjoy the quality of teaching and the opportunity to exercise with case studies.
I am very satisfied with the exigencies of the courses and their level of depth. The quality of teaching is also pleasing.
Distance learning is not ideal in order to get to know fellow course colleagues, who all have interesting profiles. However, this is an ideal format for me that allows me to accommodate a demanding job with a demanding programme.
It does represent considerable work, on top of an already quite demanding job, but the schedule of the courses during lunchtime is helpful. The fact that all materials and course recordings are accessible online makes the format very flexible.
The possibility to produce a small piece of research and write a paper on a particular subject of international law is a plus. I’m also hoping this programme and the paper will enable me to build a bridge between my past experiences as a human rights practitioner and the field of international humanitarian law.
I would very much recommend the programme, for its content, the quality of teaching and the flexible format it offers.
The Geneva Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Clotilde Pégorier as our new Head of Education.
UN Photo/Manuel Elias
Our new Research Brief Climate Change in the Security Council: Obstacles, Opportunities, and Options identifies entry points for engaging on environmental and climate security issues at the UN Security Council.
In a conversation with our Director Professor Gloria Gaggioli, Peter Maurer will share insights from his career as the former President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
Organized by the Geneva Academy and the ICRC, the Advanced IHL seminar for academics and humanitarian policymakers aims to enhance the capacity of academics to teach and research IHL and contemporary issues arising during armed conflict, while also equipping policymakers with an in-depth understanding of ongoing legal debates and their relevance to decision-making.
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The IHL-EP works to strengthen the capacity of human rights mechanisms to incorporate IHL into their work in an efficacious and comprehensive manner. By so doing, it aims to address the normative and practical challenges that human rights bodies encounter when dealing with cases in which IHL applies.
This project aimed at compiling and analysing the practice and interpretation of selected international humanitarian law and human rights norms by armed non-state actors (ANSAs). It had a pragmatic double objective: first, to offer a comparative analysis of IHL and human rights norms from the perspective of ANSAs, and second, to inform strategies of humanitarian engagement with ANSAs, in particular the content of a possible ‘Model Code of Conduct’.