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.
Our new publication Transitional Justice and the European Convention on Human Rights systematically reviews and critically discusses the evolving ‘transitional’ jurisprudence of Europe’s main guardian of human rights – the Court in Strasbourg – across highly contentious issues such as amnesty, property rights, along with institutional reform and vetting.
During one week, from 3 to 7 April 2017, the 33 participants in the first Transitional Justice Spring School discussed the roles of culture and memory in transitional justice contexts, a relatively unexplored field of transitional justice.
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.
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.