Sandra Pointet/Geneva Academy
10 September 2019
Students of our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) worked throughout the summer on their master’s paper, in which they addressed specific transitional justice topics.
They submitted their papers in August and will receive their grades by mid-September.
The MTJ promotes academic excellence and independent critical thinking. One of its core outputs is a master’s paper on a specific topic related to transitional justice, written under the guidance of a Faculty member.
‘This gives students an opportunity to investigate a subject of special interest to them, develop their own critical thinking, and deepen their expertise through research and exchanges with experts’ stresses Marco Sassòli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
‘This year, many students addressed specific transitional justice issues in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Kenya, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Syria, South Africa, Uganda or the United States. This reflects the diversity of our students and their interest in linking theoretical concepts and debates to practical problems and situations’ explains Frank Haldemann, Co-Director of the MTJ.
‘We’re pleased to see that many of our students apply the concepts learned in class to specific situations: they are now well equipped to move to the field to address transitional justice issues’ stresses Thomas Unger, Co-Director of the MTJ.
Besides the country-specific angles, papers also discussed contemporary challenges such as whether and how transitional justice mechanisms are equipped to address colonial injustices; transitional justice and the rights of minorities and indigenous people, gender and transitional justice; the contribution of transitional justice to conflict prevention and peacebuilding; housing, land and property rights (HLP) and transitional justice; or transitional justice and political economy.
‘These are key transitional justice topics that many of our students will have to address in their future professional life, be it in the field or in academia’ explains Thomas Unger.
Awarded every year during the Graduation Ceremony, one student receives the Best MTJ Paper for a paper of exceptional academic quality.
The Geneva Academy team – Anna Lochhead-Sperling and Paula Padrino Vilela who are currently enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights – successfully qualified for the oral rounds in the Nelson Mandela moot court.
Our Senior Researcher Alice Priddy presented our research project on disability in armed conflict to the members of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In the face of a rapidly changing world, this opening lecture of the academic year by Lindsey Cameron will explore some of the current challenges for IHL and transitional justice.
This event, co-organized with the ATLAS Network will feature prominent women in international law. Coming from different professional backgrounds, they will share their experience and advice through an interactive discussion.
This short course analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
This short course discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.
This research project examines and appraises the impact of innovation and the development of new information technologies on human rights.
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy