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 and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ‘Protecting the rights to freedom of expression and privacy while countering violent extremism and terrorism online’
On 25 May, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights hosted together with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights a meeting on the protection of the rights to freedom of expression and privacy while countering violent extremism and terrorism online.
The objective of the meeting was to discuss in detail a forthcoming study of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights, developed with the support of the Geneva Academy, on the protection of the rights to freedom of expression and privacy while countering violent extremism and terrorism online. Participants explored overarching issues such as the concept of violent extremism and its definitional challenges and the use of information and communication technology by terrorist groups. After analysing the potential human rights impact of a series of measures taken to prevent violent extremism or terrorism online, such as removal of content, participants addressed the role of private companies. The meeting concluded with a discussion of recommendations for the different stakeholders. The lively and rich discussions provided invaluable input for the improvement of the draft study.
The latest Geneva Academy Annual Report is now available online.
Some of the 2015 highlights include:
Addressing central IHL dilemmas and challenges notably via the first academy Commentary to the Geneva Conventions
Launching a new Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law that will be taught from September 2016
Analysing developments in weapons law notably by clarifying how and when the use of barrel bombs is prohibited under international law
Advancing economic, social and cultural rights notably via two new research projects analysing challenges to implementing the right to food in the contexts of land commercialization, land grabbing, food insecurity and poverty reduction.
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.