What is the meaning of the ‘rule of law’ in the international arena? How can it be rebuilt in the aftermath of armed conflict or authoritarianism? What forms of institutional reform are required to restore the rule of law, and what measures can prevent the recurrence of lawless and arbitrary rule? How can previously abusive institutions, such as the police and the military, be reformed? What actions should be taken with respect to perpetrators? This course explores the international dimension of the rule of law and its promotion in transitional contexts, focusing on institutional reform and guarantees of non-recurrence. The course also looks at the role of the international community and civil society in rule of law reform.
This course forms part of the Geneva Academy Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ). It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the MTJ and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.
The schedule of this course will be announced shortly.
Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).
Applications for this course are currently closed. They will open shortly.
Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.
Christof Heyns is recognized internationally as a leading expert in the field of international human rights law, including right to life issues and regional human rights mechanisms, and has published widely on these matters.
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In this interview, Tafadzwa Christmas, a Zimbabwean student 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.
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
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Our teaching enables specialists to apply legal frameworks to complex situations and challenging processes.
We provide training and short courses for professionals who want to deepen their expertise in a specific issue.
Our research examines issues that are under-explored, need clarification, or are unconventional, experimental or challenging.
Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.