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.
First Annual Expert Seminar on the Right to Life
Geneva, 11-13 May 2016
The right to life is often described as the “supreme” or “foundational” right. This seminar provides an opportunity to engage with some of the cutting-edge development as far as this seminal right is concerned, in the human rights, humanitarian law and the violence reduction contexts.What are the current challenges and opportunities related to the right to life? What are the cutting-edge developments in jurisprudence, monitoring tools and practices at the national, regional and international levels? The seminar will bring together practitioners and other experts who work on right to life issues on a daily basis in human rights and humanitarian institutions worldwide, as well as leading academics in this field, both as presenters and participants. The small size of the group is designed to facilitate discussions and a deeper understanding of the subject matter, and to facilitate multi-regional and multi-disciplinary collaborations in this field.
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.
Public pleadings by Geneva Academy’s students on the summer 2014 Gaza conflict
The conflict in and around Gaza in July/August 2014, called by Israel « Operation Protective Edge », claimed many civilian victims and gave rise to numerous mutual accusations of violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). In January 2015, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced the opening of a preliminary investigation into the situation. In the framework of the course on IHL given by Prof. Marco Sassòli for the LL.M programme, students will plead for Israel and for Palestine arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.
These pleadings will take place in Room MR 070 of Uni Mail (bd du Pont d’Arve 40) on Saturday, 7 May, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
In front of a jury composed of Professor Marco Sassòli of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva and Ms. Elvina Pothelet doctoral student and teaching assistant, students (whose roles were attributed by the lot) will plead on:
• The classification of the conflict and of Gaza as a territory,
• The blockade of Gaza and Israel’s obligations concerning humanitarian needs,
• The targeting of persons and objects and weapons used,
• Proportionality and precautions in attacks,
• The opportunities and obstacles of criminal proceedings before the ICC.
The public is welcome to attend the pleadings which will be performed in English.
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.