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.

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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, the International Commission of Jurists, or the United Nations Children's Fund.

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Portrait of Professor Geoff Gilbert Event

Opening Lecture of the Academic Year: The Political Participation of Refugees and Other Displaced Persons in their Country of Nationality and in the Host State

10 October 2017, 18:15-19:45

In this opening lecture, Professor Geoff Gilbert will discuss how, as conflict and repression end and states move towards a period of transition, those who have been displaced can participate in the restoration process.

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Codes on a computer Event

Current Challenges in Cyber Operations

4 October 2017, 18:15-20:00

This panel will address current challenges related to cyber operations. Panelists will discuss some of the conclusions and implications of Tallinn 2, take stock of where we stand and what challenges remain.

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Coverpage of the book ‘Out of the Shadows’ Geneva Academy Wednesday

Out of the Shadows: Recommendations to Advance Transparency in the Use of Lethal Force

27 September 2017, 18:00-19:30

This Geneva Academy Wednesday will evaluate 15 years of U.S. counterterrorism strikes, analyse recent developments, and assess the Trump Administration’s approach to the use of force, transparency, and accountability.

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