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Our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) and Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) involve the drafting of a master’s paper on a specific issue addressed in the programme, under the guidance of a faculty member.
‘These papers are an opportunity for our students to apply what they have learned during the year to specific cases or situations, reflecting on the protection existing legal frameworks afford, their potential gaps and how the latter can be filled. The fact that the paper is quite short requires a very good command of the law as well as the ability to analyse complex legal issues and situations in a precise and concise manner’ says Professor Gloria Gaggioli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
Every year, at the Graduation Ceremony, three students – two from the LLM and one from the MTJ – are rewarded for their exceptional academic work via three prizes: the Henry Dunant Research Prize, the Best LLM Paper Prize and the Best MTJ Paper Prize.
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Yulia Mogutova received the 2020 Henry Dunant Research Prize – awarded by the Geneva Academy and the Foundation Prix Henry Dunant for her LLM paper ‘The Right to Life of State’s own Military Personnel in the Conduct of Hostilities’.
‘This excellent paper develops original arguments on the existence of States’ obligations to protect the right to life of their own military personnel in the conduct of hostilities, a nascent but important concern that deserved to be given full attention through a nuanced and balanced approach’ underlines Professor Gloria Gaggioli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
‘The author managed to derive a convincing argumentation: she concludes that there is a gap under international humanitarian law and formulates specific recommendations to address it through a careful import of international human rights law obligations’ she adds.
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Berta Fernández-Rosón received the 2020 Best LLM Paper Prize for her LLM paper ‘The Sexual Nature of Violence: An Obstacle or an Opportunity to Enhance the Visibility of Male Victimhood at the International Criminal Court’.
‘This paper tackles the important question of the prosecution of sexual violence committed against men during armed conflicts and elaborates an original test to assess the sexual nature of the violence by the International Criminal Court’ underlines Professor Gloria Gaggioli.
Camila Ruiz Segovia received the 2020 Best MTJ Paper Prize for her paper ‘SIN LAS FAMILIAS NO: Victim participation and the fight against impunity in the search for missing persons in Mexico’.
‘This paper brings to live the innovative power of victims groups in Mexico around the issue of the missing. It is strong in highlighting crucial lessons learned that could influence the field to improve the search for the missing and goes the extra mile by including interviews and testimonies from activists and officials. The paper also is exceptional in mapping the terrain of civil society efforts around the missing’ explains Thomas Unger, Co-Director of the MTJ.
Joshua Niyo received a one-year Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Doc.Mobility grant to spend a year at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law as Visiting Researcher.
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Applications will run until 29 January 2021 for applications with a scholarship and until 26 February 2021 for applications without a scholarship.
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This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, examines the conduct of hostilities in situations of international armed conflict, also known as the Law of The Hague.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, examines the sources of international humanitarian law (IHL). It provides an introduction to the key principles and terminology of IHL.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.
This project aims at compiling and analysing the practice and interpretation of selected international humanitarian law and human rights norms by armed non-state actors (ANSAs). It has a pragmatic double objective: first, to offer a comparative analysis of IHL and human rights norms from the perspective of ANSAs, and second, to inform strategies of humanitarian engagement with ANSAs, in particular the content of a possible ‘Model Code of Conduct’.