3 December 2017
In this interview, Francisco Astudillo Poggi, currently enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
I am Francisco and I come from Venezuela. Before studying at the Geneva Academy, I completed a Master Degree in Democracy and Human Rights in the Mena Region at the European Inter-University Centre of Human Rights and Democratisation. I like cycling, playing music, dancing and learning languages.
I have chosen this programme because I had good references about its quality and I thought it would give me a strong background in human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, as well as in the interplay between them.
I like the organization of the programme, where nothing is improvised. I also like how all the lectures are interconnected but provide different perspectives at the same time. We have high level professors and I feel it is intellectually demanding and stimulating.
The teaching is very structured and it highlights the current discussions for each topic and how to address different situations with critical legal analysis and case law. We also have teaching assistants for each course who are constantly following up our performance and clarifying our concerns about the topics discussed during classes.
I would like to work for a while in an international organization or NGO, preferably in the field, because I feel that I need to gain practical experience before I return to Venezuela, which is my wish.
It is very calm and interesting for studying. As students, we can experience different sides of the city such as several cultural events and intellectual discussions, and also have the opportunity to interact with experts in several fields.
I enjoy the nature and this is a good place to walk around when I want to clear my mind from obligations.
Serhat Öztürk graduated from our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in October 2020. He is now working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Turkey. In this interview, he tells about the programme and what it brought to his career.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
The Geneva Academy is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Professor Christof Heyns. He was an incredible force of inspiration for all of us at the Geneva Academy – students, researchers and professors.