Sandra Pointet/Geneva Academy
Conscious of the importance of peer-to-peer exchanges in academia, a group of our teaching assistants coordinates the Geneva Academy Wednesdays (GAWs), a platform to foster the exchange of ideas and develop a network of PhD students from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva who conduct research on areas within the scientific focus of the Geneva Academy.
GAWs take place on Wednesdays in the format of roundtables closed to the general public, where one or more PhD students from the Graduate Institute or the University of Geneva present their research, ideas, working papers or draft thesis chapters.
‘The objective is that participants can present their work and research in an informal way and receive constructive feedback on from their peers in a respectful and welcoming setting’ underlines Firouzeh Mitchell, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy.
‘We plan to hold GAWs on a regular basis, every month or two. Previous GAWs have notably focussed on the accountability of armed groups under international law, transparency in the use of lethal force, the right to life or autonomous weapon systems’ explains George Dvalaze, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy
The GAWs are open to all Geneva-based PhD students who conduct research on issues related to international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law, international refugee law and transitional justice, as well as on selected public international law topics.
‘We want to make the Geneva Academy a hub for Geneva-based young scholars at different stages of their research to share their work and foster connections’ stresses Alessandra Spadaro, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy.
On Wednesday 21 November 2018, the first GAW of the 2018-2019 academic year will focus on detention by armed groups.
Joshua Niyo, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy, will present a draft paper on non-state armed groups and the power to detain in non-international armed conflicts. Alessandra Spadaro, who is writing a thesis on detention by armed groups under international law, will present a draft chapter on (disciplinary) detentions by armed groups of their own members. Light refreshments will be offered at the end.
Interested PhD Students must fill in this doodle to attend this GAW.
If you’re interested in joining this network, you can fill this form to subscribe to the GAW mailing list and be informed about future GAWs.
An update about the programme, students, the Faculty and new developments by the two Directors, Frank Haldenmann and Thomas Unger.
A Geneva Academy team will participate in the 2017 Nuremberg Moot Court, which will take place on 26-29 July 2017. It will be one of the 42 teams coming from 27 countries.
We are delighted to invite all our alumni for the 2019 Alumni Gathering that will take place on Saturday 25 May 2019 in Geneva!
This short course introduces participants to the Islamic law of armed conflict and how it relates to the current conflicts in Muslim contexts. It examines the rules regulating the use of force during both international and non-international armed conflicts under classical Islamic law.
This short course analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Sandra Pointet / Geneva Academy
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We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, which aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.