17 January 2019
In this interview, Jörn Eiermann, currently enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
My name is Jörn. I spent the last seven years working in the field of international law at the United Nations (UN) in New York, where I represented a Member State as legal adviser. Before that, I obtained my Master from the University of Bath, Science Po Paris and Humboldt Universität Berlin as part of a joint degree programme. I did my Bachelor at Maastricht University.
Several of my colleagues working at the UN had completed this LLM programme and spoke very highly of it. I choose to enrol because I wanted to get a deeper insight into international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights and public international law. At work, you often do not have time to properly study the cases, theories and points of controversy.
I like the group of students, which is super international and the atmosphere is very cooperative. Many people have worked before and bring a different point of view to the table. I was a bit concerned before starting that I might be one of the oldest (I’m 33), but it turned out not to be the case. I see the strength of the programme in the different areas of law, which slightly overlap and thereby allow me to study an issue/incident from various angles, possibly applying several branches of international law.
Overall, the teaching quality is good. It is an interesting mix of practitioners and academics. The teaching assistants are all great, very approachable and oftentimes more structured than the professors themselves.
In parallel to my studies, I am currently working part-time as a Legal Officer at the UN in the field of international criminal law. Ideally, I plan to switch to full-time once the programme is over. It would also be great to explore opportunities to gain more field experience in the next couple of years and to continue working in academia on the side.
With this photo, I tried to encapsulate my love for the outdoors as well as my professional interest to work internationally.
During one semester, as part of the course on transitional justice in practice, students of our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law formulated policies to tackle one of the most challenging questions in transitional justice (TJ) work today: the role of TJ during conflict or early post-conflict situations.
The President of the UN Human Rights Council appointed Professor Andrew Clapham to serve as a member of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan charged with monitoring and assessing the human rights situation in the country.
Geneva Academy / Olivier Chamard
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