10 January 2017
In this interview, Firouzeh Mitchell, currently enrolled in the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
Before studying at the Geneva Academy, Firouzeh, from Scotland, completed her LLB at the University of Glasgow, specializing in public international law.
Definitely. We are fortunate enough to be taught by leading experts in the field of transitional justice. We also have the opportunity to be surrounded by students from 26 different countries who can give a personal opinion on how their countries underwent transition. An aspect that I particularly enjoy is the cross-disciplinary approach to teaching, combining law, philosophy, history, and political science.
Being surrounded by the UN and many leading international organizations you really gain a practical understanding of how the things taught in class work in practice. It also means that you are surrounded by people from all over the world, giving you the chance to learn new languages and cultures. It is also a very photogenic city – with the beautiful lake, mountains (which I hope to learn to ski on!) and the old town.
Getting a photo in front of the Jet d’Eau was one of the first things I did when I moved to Geneva. It is an iconic landmark of the city and it is rather entertaining trying to stand under it without getting soaked.
In this new extracurricular activity, guest speakers involved in transitional justice (TJ) processes at the local level share with students their experiences in setting up, running, working, or resisting various TJ mechanisms and processes.
During one week, Francesca Gortan, Sarah Surget and Sophie Timmermans represented the Geneva Academy at the 38th Edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition that took place in Durrës, Albania, from 19 to 26 March.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, reviews the origins of international criminal law, its relationship with the international legal order including the UN Security Council and its coexistence with national justice institutions. The scope of international crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression – is considered alongside initiatives to expand or add to these categories.