The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant to the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) entered into force on 5 May 2013. It gives a chance to the victims of violations of the Covenant to submit complaints before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Geneva Academy have commented on the entry into force of the OP-ICESCR, in two recently published articles. The first article, "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights" published in the European Journal of Human Rights, n. 2013/2 , traces significant developments in the field of economic, social, and cultural rights as they emerged in 2012. In a second article published in the law journal Pratique juridique actuelle, Dr. Christophe Golay analyses the influence of the entry into force of the OP-ICESCR for Switzerland (in French). An Academy In-Brief on the Optional Protocol, will be available on this website in the coming weeks.
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The enrolment process is now open for the Academy's Executive Master in Armed Conflict, which offers a unique opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge in specific areas of International Law in Armed Conflict. Drawing on the expertise of the Academy’s specialized staff as well as experts from the International Committee of the Red Cross and other Geneva based non-governmental organizations, the training modules are specifically tailored to meet the practical needs of professionals. These factors make the Academy's Specialized Training Modules a highly valued and internationally respected qualification.
On Tuesday, 2 April 2013, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Arms Trade Treaty by an overwhelming margin. A total of 154 States voted in favour, three voted against, and 23 abstained. The treaty is a strong and balanced text that clearly enjoys very widespread support, and if adhered to and implemented in good faith it will significantly reduce the humanitarian impact from the irresponsible transfer of weapons. The Geneva Academy, which participated actively in the negotiations, will publish a new Academy Briefing reviewing the treaty's provisions in the coming months. It has also initiated the drafting of a detailed legal commentary, which will be issued by a leading academic publisher in 2014.
Antonio Cassese Summer School on Post-Conflict Justice and State Building: Applications Now Open!
Countries emerging from armed conflict face important challenges: re-establishing the rule of law, achieving conflict mitigation and prevention, integrating traumatic events, inscribing and negotiating memories, as well as strengthening reconciliation, nation-building and identity.The 2013 Antonio Cassese Initiative Summer School examines the question of state building and transitional justice in the context of contemporary post-conflict situations (view programme). Lectures are given by leading experts and practitioners in the field.
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.
The Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity is to promote global activities in various disciplines, including human rights, peace, international justice, transitional justice and development