31 January 2019
In this interview, Naureen Rahim, currently enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM), tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
I am Naureen from Bangladesh, a beautiful riverine country with a rich culture and diversity. I completed my LLB (Hons.) from the Eastern University in Bangladesh in 2014 and then did at the University of Dhaka a Postgraduate Diploma in Genocide Studies in 2015 and a Master of Social Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2017.
I also worked as a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice, a sister institution of the Liberation War Museum in Bangladesh. In this position, I was involved in various research projects (e.g. Bangladesh Genocide, Genocide against Rohingyas), organizing events and engaging the youths in learning issues related to international crimes and genocide prevention mechanisms.
I am passionate about research and I am interested in international crimes and cultural heritage law. I love solo travelling and experiencing cultural diversity. I speak Bangla, English and a little Spanish, and I am now learning French.
For me, coming from a country which has experienced a nine-month-long war with a horrific genocide in 1971, it was very important to learn international humanitarian law issues. The Geneva Academy is the best institution which offers this LLM, also with a full scholarship, which was the main reason for me to apply for this master’s programme.
I simply love the diverse group of students in the class. The teaching assistants are highly skilled and they try to help us in every possible way. This programme also offers a variety of internships and a study trip which would make this learning even more practical.
The professors are well-renowned experts and practitioners in their own fields. The assignments and tutorials help us to critically think about the limitations and dimensions of each situation or case we study and the extent to which they can be solved.
After completing this programme I will return to my country and join academia. I will continue my research work with this extensive learning and transfer the knowledge I will acquire here to students in Bangladesh.
Whenever I feel exhausted with the study loads or miss my family, I come here to release my stress. Old Town is the place where the First Geneva Convention was enacted, and I am thrilled to learn the Conventions here in Geneva!
In the framework of our LLM and the course on IHL given by our Director Professor Marco Sassòli, students pleaded online on 17 May for Russia and Georgia arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.
Despite confinement, social distancing and a programme that is now entirely online, students managed to pursue, albeit remotely, their precious interactions, discussions and social life.