About Geneva

View of Geneva's Mont-Blanc Bridge with flags of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) View of Geneva's Mont-Blanc Bridge with flags of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

One of the most popular places to live

According to international rankings, Geneva offers an excellent quality of life and is one of the most popular places to live.

The city is clean and safe, with high-quality public facilities and reliable public transport. It is easy to get around either by bus, tram, cycle or on foot. The many green areas, parks and the lake make it an agreeable city to live in.

A Human Rights and Humanitarian Hub

As the European headquarters of the United Nations (UN) and the most active location in the world for multilateral diplomacy, Geneva is home to dozens international organizations, more than 250 NGOs and 174 state representations, with 29,000 persons employed in this sector.

Every week, events organized by the Geneva Academy, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva, international organizations and NGOs feature leading experts in the humanitarian and human rights fields and directly touch upon topics addressed in our programmes.

A Multicultural City

As a multicultural city with more than 180 nationalities, Geneva has a vibrant cultural life – a broad range of music concerts, music festivals, dance, opera, a variety of movies, art galleries, theatres and museums. A significant number of these cultural offers are accessible to English speakers.

Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

Career Opportunities

Most of our students go on, or return, to work with international organizations, international courts and tribunals, NGOs, governments or academic institutions. Our 700 plus graduates have a visible presence in Geneva-based human rights and humanitarian institutions, but also in the wider field and other cities worldwide.

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UN Photo/Martine Perret

Clinical Work

Students of our Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law have the opportunity, via clinical work, to follow seminars that facilitate dialogue and critical reflection on specific situations and pursue research internships with leading actors in the field of transitional justice.

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World Economic Forum Global Shapers Annual Curators Meeting 2016, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Internships with leading actors

Our LLM students have the opportunity to acquire first-hand professional experience via internships with Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights actors like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHCR) and the International Law Commission.

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Bethlehem, Bittar Illit settlement. Detail of the West Bank Barrier IHL Talks

The impact of counter-terrorism laws and policies on IHL and humanitarian action

26 January 2017, 13:00-14:00

This third IHL Talk will discuss the legal regime governing terrorism, how international humanitarian law addresses and prohibits acts of terrorism and what is the relationship with other international treaties.

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Laura Baron-mendoza, LLM student, in front of the Place du Bourg de Four in Geneva News

LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights: What our Students Say

19 January 2017

In this interview, Laura Baron-Mendoza, currently enrolled in the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.

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Clarita Montant, student in the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in a chocolate store in Geneva News

Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: What our Students Say

17 January 2017

In this interview, Clarita Montant, a French-American and Salvadorian student enrolled in the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.

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