26 January 2017
In this interview, Annabelle Gagnon-Bischoff, currently enrolled in the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
Before studying at the Geneva Academy, Annabelle obtained a LLL and an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. She alsosuccessfully completed the examination for the Québec Bar in May 2016.
I think the LLM at the Geneva Academy is an incredible opportunity to learn about humanitarian law, international criminal law and human rights, being challenged daily by professors who are internationally renowned experts. I am convinced that the knowledge and competencies acquired in this dynamic academic environment will help in my career to make a contribution to international justice.
Geneva is an ideal place to be for anyone passionate about international issues, either law, international relations or social sciences. Here, you are spoilt for choice with activities, such as numerous conferences organized weekly, for example a lecture by Ban Ki-moon reflecting on his time in office as the UN Secretary-General. So far I also personally attended sessions of the UN Human Rights Committee and UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on reviews of Canada and Colombia State Reports.
I really enjoy going to the Pointe de la Jonction because it is an enchanting place right in the middle of the city. It is a great place to take a break from studying and go for a walk or a swim in summer.
The 88 students enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law started their respective programmes last week.
As of September 2021, incoming students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law will have the opportunity to stay at the new Grand Morillon student residence of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Dr Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy at the ICRC, will address the legal, operational and political imperative of the international community continuing to work towards the application and implementation of IHL.