Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights (HR) and transitional justice fields.
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A strong theoretical and practical knowledge of the applicable international legal framework is essential for working on issues related to armed conflict and other situations of violence, peace negotiations, HR protection, or transitions from violent conflict or oppressive rule. Operating in such complex environments requires a solid understanding of the content and structure of the law, as well as its limits.
We produce specialists in international humanitarian law (IHL) and international HR law – through our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) and Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict (Executive Master) – or in transitional justice – through our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ). In doing so we are responding to the growing need for expert professionals in these sectors.
Most of our students go on, or return, to work in these fields with international organizations, international courts and tribunals, NGOs, governments or academic institutions. Our 700 plus graduates have a visible presence in Geneva-based HR and humanitarian institutions, but also in the wider field and other cities worldwide.
By offering students internships with leading humanitarian, HR and transitional justice actors, the LLM and MTJ complement strong academic teaching with exposure to practical work. Throughout the year, students also have access to a rich network of experts and practitioners, which can be an advantage when looking for a job.
A solid theoretical and practical knowledge of the law that applies to armed conflicts and other situations of violence is an essential tool for those working – or aspiring to work – in this field. Mastering the appropriate legal framework that applies to humanitarian interventions, peacekeeping or counter-terrorism operations, the refugee crisis, peace negotiations or HR investigations is recognized as a key and rare asset by international organizations, NGOs and governments. Enabling this, the Executive Master allows professionals to advance their career in these fields via a renowned diploma.
Our students can benefit from the Career Services provided by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Our LLM and MTJ students can extend their resident permit for up to six months following the completion of their programme (July to December) to undertake an internship or temporary assignment related to their studies in a Geneva-based organization, and/or to look for a job in Geneva or Switzerland.
During the year, our students benefit from the Career Services of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Our LLM students have the opportunity to acquire first-hand professional experience via internships with Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights actors
The Master in Transitional Justice's clinical work comprises seminars that facilitate dialogue and critical reflection on specific situations, as well as research internships with leading actors.
Our LLM students can participate in two moot courts, the prestigious Jean-Pictet Competition on international humanitarian law and the Nuremberg Moot Court Competition.
Our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law and human rights offered in Europe today.
Luis Guillermo Pineda Rodas
Our Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law is designed for young professionals who want to acquire high-level academic education and real-world practice in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law.
Our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict is one of the few part-time, innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law and human rights offered today.