The Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in a Nutshell

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What

The Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) is:

  • An intensive one-year programme aimed at educating around 30 highly qualified and open-minded students in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law
  • An in-depth study of the following areas: transitional justice, human rights, rule of law, institutional reform, social transformation, and criminal justice
  • An interdisciplinary programme that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, philosophical and field perspectives
  • A prestigious faculty composed of leading academics and renowned experts and practitioners working for international organizations and NGOs who are abreast of the latest developments and debates
  • An ongoing focus on practice via exchanges with practitioners, work on concrete case scenarios and the possibility for several students to carry out research internships and participate in a moot court
  • A tailored-made curriculum that allows students to choose among different tracks according to their interests and career objectives
  • An international, multicultural and diverse student body with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, experiences and motivations
  • Access to our events which provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to discuss and debate topical issues in transitional justice, human rights and international criminal law
  • A degree conferred by two prestigious academic institutions
  • The foundation for a successful career in national, international, governmental, inter- and non-governmental organizations, as well as academic institutions dealing with transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law

Why

10 reasons for choosing the MTJ at the Geneva Academy:

  • Leading institution in the field of transitional justice and human rights
  • Acquisition of a solid and unique expertise in the different facets of transitional justice (legal, political, historical, philosophical) and developments in this field
  • Forms high-level professionals in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law qualified to work as academics, staff members or field workers for inter-governmental, governmental, and non-governmental organizations
  • Familiarity with a wide range of thematic, country/regional and comparative approaches
  • Combination of theory and practice
  • A personal teaching style that encourages interaction between students and lecturers
  • Specialized supervised research for the Master’s thesis
  • One-to-one career counselling and advice
  • Ties with leading actors in the field of transitional justice and human rights
  • A unique human experience during which all those involved (students, faculty and resident staff) develop long-term bonds

How

  • 60 ECTS Credits
  • Core courses throughout the year on human rights, rule of law, institutional reform, social transformation, criminal justice, and cutting-edge issues in transitional justice (48 ECTS Credits)
  • A year-long focus on practical issues and cases
  • Tailored-made options during the second semester: academic research, clinical work or thematic focus (6 ECTS Credits)
  • The writing of a master’s paper (6 ECTS Credits)
  • A study trip to familiarize with the history of transitional justice
  • A graduation ceremony
Portrait of Luisa Fernanda Gómez Betancur in front of Geneva Lake. News

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

29 January 2019

In this interview, Luisa Fernanda Gómez Betancur, currently enrolled in our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.

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

22 January 2019

In this interview, Zoë Doss, currently enrolled in the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.

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

15 January 2019

In this interview, Anthoula Bourolias, currently enrolled in the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ), tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.

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The Geneva Academy offered me a great opportunity to achieve a smooth transition between student life and my professional career.

Solène Berthelier

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Scholarships

We offer scholarships to outstanding students who are unable to secure the funding required to cover tuition fees and/or the cost of living in Geneva.

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Practical Work

The Master in Transitional Justice combines high-level academic education with real-world practice, allowing students to develop the transferable skills necessary to succeed in the professional world.

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Student Life

Our Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law is organized around intimate learning communities enabling close interaction between students and professors.

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Career Opportunities

Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

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