The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict
The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict (60 ECTS credits, equivalent to an LL.M.) is a part-time programme designed for working professionals who want to gain a thorough understanding of the international law that applies to situations of armed conflict. Based in Geneva, the programme runs over nine months (October 2016 – June 2017)and admits 15 to 20 practitioners annually.Courses take place on Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons. Six to nine additional months are needed to complete a Master’s thesis and defend it before a jury.
Three Training Courses on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2016
In 2016, the Geneva Academy offers three professional trainings on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR): two introductory courses (one in English and the other in French), and an advanced course on monitoring techniques.
Training on the Rights of Peasants - 18-20 October 2016
This three days training course provides participants with a thorough understanding of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas and addresses key challenges related to land rights, land grabbing and the right to seeds. The training course also provides up-to-date information on the current negotiations on a new UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants.
Geneva Academy Wednesdays
Crimes against Humanity – Do we need a New Global Treaty?
Wednesday 8 June 2016 I 18:30 – 20:00
Room Cassese I Villa Moynier (120B rue de Lausanne) I Geneva
The International Law Commission is currently drafting provisions of what could become a Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity. What are the key elements to be covered by such a treaty? Is it needed? What could such a convention bring to the fight against impunity? How would it relate to the Rome Statute? What are the prospects of success? To explore these issues, please join us for a Geneva Academy Wednesday with our guest speaker Professor Sean D. Murphy of George Washington University and Member of the United Nations International Law Commission where he serves as Special Rapporteur on the topic of ‘Crimes against Humanity’.
Seminar on the draft convention on crimes against humanity
On May 21st 2016, the Geneva Academy hosted a closed seminar that enabled representatives from international and Geneva based NGOs to discuss and express their opinions in a safe environment on the on-going International Law Commission project of a Crimes against Humanity Convention. This seminar, organized by Amnesty International, gathered dozen of major NGO around Professor Sean D. Murphy (George Washington University Law School), the ILC Special Rapporteur on the topic.
Professor Murphy reviewed the project at its current status (based on document A/CN.4.690) and on the other hand listened to the critical remarks and suggestions made by the different representatives of the civil society that have attended the seminar. Remarks and suggestions were also made by academics, specialists and those acquainted with the UN system.
The discussion addressed and elaborated, inter alia, on the definition of crimes against humanity, the conditions set for individual criminal liability, questions of jurisdiction and the next steps to be taken to elaborate and advance the creation of the Convention. Professor Emanuel Decaux, president of the Commission on Enforced Disappearance, was also present, and contributed as well as took note of the different conclusions. Professor Murphy underlined the importance of such seminars and discussion platforms, which ensured for the ILC that the process of consultation held, was as large and encompassing as possible.
Public pleadings by Geneva Academy’s students on the 2008 South Ossetian conflict
In the framework of the LL.M. course on IHL given by Prof. Marco Sassòli, our students participated on Saturday 21 May in public pleadings on the 2008 South Ossetian conflict.
Representing Russia or Georgia, they addressed the following issues: the classification of the conflict and applicable law, the classification of persons and territory, the killing and destruction of property of ethnic Georgians, the use of weapons and precautionary measures during ground and air offensives, the targeting of persons, and the detention of prisoners by Georgian and by South Ossetian forces.
The pleadings were followed by a well-deserved BBQ in front of the Villa Moynier!
Expert Seminar on the Right to Life, 11-13 May 2016
On 11 to 13 May 2016, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (University of Pretoria) hosted an expert seminar on the right to life, under the auspices of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns and the Geneva Academy’s Human Rights Chair, Dr. Nils Melzer. Participants included academics, governmental officials, members of international organisations and NGOs, as well as practioners.
The seminar’s main objective was to bring together leading experts from around the world, including from regional human rights systems, to address current developments and key issues related to the right to life, such as its regulation in armed conflicts situations as well as in the context of law enforcement, the role of investigations in the protection of the right to life, the issue of new weapons technologies, mandatory death penalty and the responsibility of non-state actors. The intersections between sustainable development goals and violence reduction, as well as economic, social and cultural rights as component of the right to life were also discussed.
The seminar, in addition, offered a platform for comments to the Draft General Comment N°36 on the right to life of the Human Rights Committee. In that context, a High Level Panel, open to a wider audience, was also organised to discuss emerging general comments on the right to life in different regional contexts, in particular in the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The high level of expertise of the different participants allowed for rich discussions and the seminar concluded by offering perspectives of further analytical developments on this fundamental human right.
The Academy aims at leading and promoting high level research and Policy Studies in its different areas of expertise, related to international norms in armed conflict and human rights policy questions, including international humanitarian law.