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

Group photos of students of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law Group photos of students of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

What

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

  • An intensive one-year course aimed at educating around 30 highly qualified and open-minded students annually in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law
  • An in-depth study of the following areas: 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
  • 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 organisations
  • Familiarity with a wide range of thematic, country/regional and comparative approaches
  • Combination of theory and practice
  • 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 and networks with each other

How

  • 60 ECTS Credits
  • Core courses throughout the year on human rights, rule of law, institutional reform, social transformation, and criminal justice (45 ECTS Credits)
  • A year-long focus on practical issues and cases
  • A Spring School that addresses cutting-edge issues in transitional justice (3 ECTS Credits)
  • 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