The Academy offers training programs for professionals who are confronted with legal problems related to armed conflicts.
These training programmes in international humanitarian law (IHL) are specifically tailored to the practical needs of professionals needing to use this branch of law such as NGO staff, diplomats, academics and other experts and professionals working in the humanitarian and human rights fields. For these courses, the Academy can draw on the expertise and resources of its own specialised staff and also work with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) or other non-governmental organisations.
Other early trainings offered by the Academy (and its predecessor CUDIH - the first training started in 2002) included, in addition to the above mentioned: Training Course in International Humanitarian Law for Journalists (2006 and 2005); Training Course in International Humanitarian Law for Governmental Representatives and NGO Professionals (2007). Trainings in 2010 include the yearly training in IHL for Geneva based diplomats (December), and the biannual training in IHL for University Teachers (August).
Geneva is a global focal point for the teaching and practice of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and more generally with legal problems related to armed conflicts. Through its training and executive education programmes, the Academy seeks to contribute to the productive development of all legal aspects related to international law in armed conflict and other emergencies as well as to foster a thriving community of academics and practitioners. In this setting, the various types of training and executive education programmes of the Academy are specifically tailored to the practical needs of professionals needing to refer to the different branches of international law in armed conflict and emergency situations such as NGO staff, diplomats, academics and other experts and professionals working in the humanitarian and human rights fields.
The Academy’s programmes are shaped in in several teaching formats and with varying degrees of specialization and coverage.
- The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict is an extensive programme composed of 60 ECTS credits, and recognized as part of higher education in the pan-European system. The Executive Master is designed to enable participants to apply such specialized knowledge with regard to their professional work, which may relate to issues of armed conflict or transnational justice legal issues. The programme has been organized so that classes are held on Friday afternoons thus allowing participants to take the course while continuing their working commitments during the week.
Professional trainings include specialized training modules, workshops and courses, which are shorter teaching formats enabling participants to acquire in-depth knowledge of specific areas over several days or few weeks. The training modules and workshops cover a range of specific topics.
The Academy does not offer at the moment Distance Learning courses.