Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
9 June 2020
Following the easing of lockdown measures announced by the Swiss Federal Council, we are gradually reopening our doors from Monday, 8 June.
This reopening is done in strict accordance with the protective measures enacted by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) as well as the State of Geneva, and in coordination with the measures decided by our two parent institutions – the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Staff will have the possibility to resume work on-site or continue teleworking and our Student Office will be open again to students, but with scheduled appointments only. Students can also continue to contact the staff in the Student Office by email.
The Villa Moynier will remain closed to the general public, except for specific events organized in the respect of sanitary rules or for visitors with scheduled appointments.
Workspaces in the libraries of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and of the University of Geneva will once again be accessible to students, with the exception of the Uni Mail libraries, which are closed for renovation until 15 June. The websites of the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva provide additional information regarding access to their premises.
We are busy preparing for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Due to the pandemic and to guarantee a supportive learning environment for all our upcoming students, we will offer as of September 2020 a hybrid teaching with courses taught simultaneously in-class and online for our three master's programmes. This will allow students who will not be able to travel to Switzerland within the first weeks or months due to travel restrictions to follow their programme remotely and to interact with their fellow students who are in Geneva.
This hybrid teaching will be maintained until all our students are able to reach the shores of Geneva’s lake.
Due to the pandemic and possible travel restrictions to Switzerland, all our 2020 training courses will be offered both online and in Geneva.
As such, participants who will not be able to travel to Geneva to attend their course will be able to follow classes online, including sessions taking place at the United Nations.
Our upcoming public events will either take place online – as it was the case during the confinement –, or at the Villa Moynier, in the strict respect of sanitary rules. Hybrid events – taking place both online and in our premises – are also planned.
Students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights (LLM) and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) spent a week in the Balkans – Belgrade, Sarajevo and Srebrenica – where they met experts and institutions who work in the fields of IHL, human rights and transitional justice.
Half of the class of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights – 26 students – pleaded on 21 May at Villa Moynier on the 2008 South Ossetia armed conflict between Russia and Georgia.
Joshua Hoehne, Unsplash
We look forward to welcoming our graduating students, their friends, families and our professors to the 2022 Graduation Ceremony.
This online short course focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
This online 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.