64 New Students Start their Academic Year

Information sesssion for LLM students Information sesssion for LLM students

11 September 2019

Students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) just arrived at the Geneva Academy for a busy orientation week before courses start next week.

‘Orientation week is an opportunity for our students to make friends and learn more about studying at the Geneva Academy and living in Geneva. Information sessions help them familiarize with the Geneva Academy, their programme and the campus, as well as with administrative and legal issues related to their arrival in Geneva like the health insurance, residence permits or bank accounts’ explains Dany Diogo, Coordinator of Masters Programmes at the Geneva Academy.

2019–2020 Academic Year: A Diverse and Experienced Student Community


The 2019–2020 LLM class has 39 students from 26 countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Eritrea, France, Greece, India, Italy, Iran, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

‘Our LLM students come from different legal and professional backgrounds: many just finished their graduate studies, while others already worked as attorneys, in NGOs, as university teachers or in the military of their country, which tremendously enriches discussions and exchanges in classes’ underlines Professor Marco Sassòli, Director of the Geneva Academy.

‘The LLM programme is full time and very demanding: besides acquiring the legal tools to address contemporary humanitarian and human rights challenge, students will also develop their own critical thinking to apprehend these. The aim is to train persons able to work in practice, not academics, although some return after a few years in practice to undertake doctoral studies’ he adds.

LLM in IHL and Human Rights 2019 2020 academic class


The 2019–2020 MTJ class has 25 students from 21 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Peru, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, and United Kingdom.

‘It is always a pleasure to meet our students in person: while we get to know them through the application process, having them here at the Geneva Academy means for us the beginning of an intense academic year with a busy programme, rewarding academic exchanges and a mutual learning process’ underlines Frank Haldemann, Co-Director of the Geneva Academy.

‘This year’s class is very diverse: we have students from different regions, professional experiences and disciplinary backgrounds, which is always a plus for exchanges and discussions in class’ stresses Thomas Unger, Co-Director of the Geneva Academy.

Master in Transitional Justice 2019 2020 Class

26 Scholarships

14 students from the MTJ and 12 from the LLM received a full or partial scholarship. These are allocated through a highly competitive process based on criteria established by the scholarship donors, and which notably include academic merit, extracurricular achievements and the candidate’s financial needs.

‘Our donors limit scholarships to students from countries of the Global South and Eastern Europe. Only one fee waiver is available for other LLM students’ explains Marco Sassòli.

A Later Start for the Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict

The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict will start on Thursday 3 October.

‘As this programme is a part-time one designed for professionals, it starts a bit later: applications are in fact still open until 23 September and we expect to have around 15 to 20 participants’ explains Dany Diogo.


View of the conference room News

Successful Third Edition of the Conference on Current Issues in Armed Conflict

28 June 2019

The event provided a unique opportunity for discussion, analysis and debate in order to ensure the continued relevance of academia's contribution to the various branches of international law applicable to armed conflicts.

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Portrait of Lindsey Cameron Event

The importance and the Limits of International Law for Resolving Humanitarian Issues in Situations of Armed Conflict and Transitional Justice

25 September 2019, 18:00-20:00

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.

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Graduation hats thrown in the air Event

2019 Graduation Ceremony

25 October 2019

We look forward to welcoming graduating students, their friends, families and our professors at the 2019 Graduation Ceremony.

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19 March - 8 May 2020

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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.

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Use of Force, Crowd Control and Peaceful Protests

Started in January 2015

This research project aims at addressing the challenges – legal and law enforcement – encountered during the management of assemblies and at filling the protection gaps by developing new standards and useful tools.

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Completed in January 2013

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.

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