Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
Since September, the Geneva Academy has been running its new Master of Advance Studies (MAS) in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law. As the first term of the programme comes to a close, we would like to give you a brief update.
This year, we have 27 students from a variety of backgrounds and countries, many of which with a recent history of political oppression or armed conflict. Their different perspectives and experiences greatly enrich the programme and contribute to a dynamic and intimate learning environment.
We are fortunate to count on a vibrant student community, engaged in a variety of activities and projects. Very quickly, our students have grown into a dynamic group with a rich social life, within and outside the academic curriculum. They regularly organize, for instance, platforms of discussion where they present the transitional justice contexts they have lived and worked in and the challenges they encountered.
During this first term, our students explored a wide range of topics and issues relevant to transitional justice. In addition to providing an essential introduction to the relevant legal, ethical and conceptual frameworks of the field, the lectures covered a variety of perspectives and approaches – including international human rights law, transformative justice and development, economic, social and cultural rights, armed conflict and peace-building, and international criminal law.
Throughout the first term, we’ve put much emphasis on creating connections between theory and practice. The clinical work, in particular, provided a platform for developing bridges between theoretical knowledge and practical ‘real-world’ perspectives. Leading practitioners in the field have been regularly invited to share their expertise and experiences with students. This included an extremely inspiring exchange with leading scholar Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain on her experience of the Northern Ireland conflict.
During the spring term, our students will participate in research internships organized in collaboration with leading organizations and agencies in the field of transitional justice like the International Center for Transitional Justice, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Redress. They will also go on a three-days study trip to Nuremberg, which will include a visit to site of the Nuremberg trial.
This time of the year is also when we open applications to the 2017-2018 programme, which will start in September 2017. We very much look forward to receiving applications from highly qualified and committed candidates! A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available.
Thomas Unger and Frank Haldemann, Co-Directors of the Geneva Academy Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law
Arthur Nguyen Dao
We awarded, during our 2017 Graduation Ceremony, three prizes to graduating students for their exceptional academic work: the Henry Dunant Research Prize, the Best LLM Paper Prize and the Best Master in Transitional Justice (MTJ) Paper Prize.
Last month, students of our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law travelled to Nuremberg where they visited key transitional justice sites, met leading experts and exchanged with other students from Germany and Israel.
In the framework of the LLM course on international humanitarian law (IHL) given by Professor Gloria Gaggioli, students will plead for Russia and Georgia arguing that the side they represent respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.
In this book launch, the two editors Frank Haldemann and Thomas Unger will provide an overview of the project followed by a discussion with a group of distinguished scholars and practitioners.
As a comprehensive attempt to ‘codify’ universal accountability norms, the UN Principles marked a significant step forward in the debate on the obligation of states to combat impunity in its various forms. Despite this significance, no comprehensive academic commentary of the 38 principles has yet been provided so far. This project seeks to fill this gap.
U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers
From 2012 to 2015 the Geneva Academy hosted the Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Pablo de Greiff.