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.
Students of our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law (MTJ) spent, as part of the programme’s annual study trip, four days in Kosovo where they met with a wide range of experts and institutions involved in post-conflict reconstruction and the rule of law.
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
Knowledge transfer is at the heart of our activities. During 2019, our professors, researchers and staff have ensured such transfer in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice via research, our three masters, training courses, events and the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
This project intends to clarify the conditions of accountability for international crimes by providing a detailed assessment of the customary international law status of, in particular, the actus reus and mens rea elements of modes of liability: planning, instigating, conspiracy, direct and indirect perpetration, co-perpetration, the three forms of joint criminal enterprise, the doctrine of common purpose under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, command responsibility and aiding and abetting.
UN Photo/Stuart Price
This project aims at mapping various existing accountability mechanisms, in the context of military interventions, through the lens of the requirements of a transitional justice process in order to identify possibilities and gaps.