UN Photo / Elma Okic
Our LLM students have the opportunity, during Spring Semester, to acquire first-hand professional experience via internships with Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights actors. These include the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Commission of Jurists, or Geneva Call.
Places in this internship programme are limited and offered via a competitive selection process carried out by our partner organizations. For selected students, internships replace two optional courses and can be validated for 6 ECTS credits.
For the 2018–2019 academic year, we offered students internships with the following institutions:*
*This list is subject to change.
During the Spring Semester, I interned at the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), an NGO based in Geneva. Whilst there, I performed several duties which included attending and reporting on relevant meetings and side events at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council and conducting research on UN Treaty bodies. This internship gave me a unique opportunity to view the UN human rights system at work in Geneva as well as the opportunity to contribute to ISHR’s work on human rights defenders and strengthening human rights systems.
Lisa Borden, a practising trial lawyer in the US for 30 years and currently enrolled in our LLM tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
In this interview, our alumna Jelena Plamenac, an international humanitarian lawyer with over 10 years’ experience in practicing humanitarian and human rights law in international criminal justice systems and humanitarian organizations, tells us about the programme and what it brought to her career.
In this interview, Melina Fidelis-Tzourou, who is enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.