In this interview, Clarita Montant, a French-American and Salvadorian student 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, Clarita Montant completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Houston.
I grew up in the French Alps, on the border with Geneva, so coming to study at the Geneva Academy meant coming back home and I could not be more excited about it!
The programme has been everything I expected and even more. The staff and professors are so interesting and knowledgeable individuals, but still very approachable. This is what stood out the most to me. Professors make themselves very accessible to us, whether it is for a question on the class or something more personal and specific about our career.
Generally, Geneva is not the most exciting city for students. However, when studying human rights, there is no better place. The amount of conferences you can attend and the connections you will make are incredible!
Apart from studying, there are a lot of things to do in Geneva, but it won’t come to you naturally. Geneva is one of those cities where you just have to dig a little and stay aware of events in order to know what’s going on. Also, don’t be scared to go outside the city. You are only 30 minutes from the French Alps, take advantage of that!
A great advantage of this programme is its affiliation with the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva. As a student at the Geneva Academy you are also a student of both institutions, meaning you have access to all of their student activities; and they are endless! From sports to language classes, you will surely find something you are interested in.
I chose to be photographed in the chocolate section of a store in Geneva for two reasons. First of all, who doesn’t love chocolate!? Second, chocolate is one of the specialities of Switzerland and you will find some delicious chocolate on every corner of Geneva. Pretty convenient for the long study sessions!
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
From the peace agreement in Colombia to the situation in the Central African Republic or the role of armed non-state actors in transitional justice processes, seven Transitional Justice Cafés allowed students of the Master in Transitional Justice to discuss topical issues with leading expert in the field.
We co-organized on 29 November 2018 with the BCHR-network a consultation for the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Business and Human Rights to inform their new project on business in conflict and post-conflict settings.
This short course will focus on five particular categories of challenges of international criminal justice: legal or normative, investigative and evidential, political, the defence, and the legacy.
Truth Commissions are by now an integral part of the transitional justice vocabulary and practice. The 2019 Spring School will provide a comprehensive, multidimensional and practical examination of this transitional justice mechanism, shedding light on both its aims and the practical challenges it has met or is likely to meet.
U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers
From 2012 to 2015 the Geneva Academy hosted the Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Pablo de Greiff.
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.