The LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in a Nutshell

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What

The LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) is:

  • An intensive one-year course aimed at educating around 40 highly qualified and open-minded students in the field of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) in armed conflict
  • An in-depth study of the following areas: international law, IHL, IHRL in armed conflict, international refugee law and international criminal law (ICL)
  • A focus on topical and emerging issues like the Islamic law of armed conflict, or cultural and identity claims in light of international legal concepts
  • A prestigious faculty composed of leading academics and renowned experts and practitioners who are abreast of the latest developments and debates
  • An ongoing focus on practice via exchanges with practitioners and military actors, work on concrete case scenarios, participation in public pleadings and the possibility for several students to carry out internships and participate in two moot courts
  • A study trip to familiarize with field work
  • An international, multicultural and diverse student body with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, experiences and motivations
  • Two annual awards that recognize exceptional academic work
  • Access to our events which provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to discuss and debate topical issues in IHL, IHRL and ICL
  • An LLM degree conferred by two prestigious academic institutions
  • The foundation for a successful career in inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with IHL, human rights, ICL refugees or migration, as well as public administration, international tribunals or academic institutions

Why

10 reasons for choosing the LLM at the Geneva Academy:

  • A leading institution in the field of IHL and IHRL
  • The opportunity to gain solid and unique expertise in IHL, IHRL in armed conflict, international refugee law and ICL and the interplay between them
  • A programme that forms high-level professionals qualified to work as academics, staff members or field workers for inter-governmental, governmental, and non-governmental organizations
  • Familiarity with a wide range of contemporary contexts and challenges
  • The combination of theory and practice
  • A personal teaching style that encourages interaction between students and lecturers
  • Specialized supervised research for the master’s thesis
  • Career counselling and advice by one of our parent institution, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Ties with leading actors in the humanitarian and human rights fields
  • A unique human experience during which all those involved (students, faculty and resident staff) develop long-term bonds

How

  • 60 ECTS Credits
  • Core courses that provide a firm grounding in public international law, IHL, IHRL in armed conflict, international refugee law, ICL and the interplay between them
  • Weekly tutorials that allow students to revise and discuss concepts and issues addressed in the core courses
  • Optional courses that allow students to deepen their expertise in a particular issue such as counter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, transitional justice, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities or the work of international courts and tribunals
  • The possibility to carry out internships with leading humanitarian and human rights actors
  • Participation in public pleadings and in the prestigious Jean-Pictet Competition
  • The writing of a master’s paper
  • A study trip
  • A graduation ceremony

The Geneva Academy has been quite changing in many ways. This is where I acquired the skills I am using as a professional and this is where I developed the passion for what I am doing today.

Elvina Pothelet

Regional Legal Adviser for West Africa at International Committee of the Red Cross

LLM students during the pleading on Gaza News

LLM Pleadings on Gaza: Applying IHL to Real-Life Situations

3 May 2022

As every year and in the framework of the IHL core course given by Professor Marco Sassòli, twenty students of our LLM in IHL and Human Rights pleaded on the 2014 armed conflict in and around Gaza.

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Two Alumna Distinguished at the 2022 ASIL Annual Meeting

25 April 2022

Dr Jelena Plamenac and Charlotte Labrosse received prestigious distinctions at the 2022 Annual meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) in April this year.

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Professor Marco Sassoli during an IHL class at the Geneva Academy News

Geneva Academy Professor presents to OSCE Member States Report on Violations of IHL in the Armed Conflict in Ukraine

13 April 2022

Professor Sassòli was in charge of the IHL part of the report that was presented on 13 April by the three experts to the OSCE Permanent Council. 

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