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.
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.
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.