Every year, a student of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights receives the Henry Dunant Research Prize for an original and didactical LLM paper that deepens, strengthens and renews the ideals and commitments of Henry Dunant.
Through this award, the Henry Dunant Prize Foundation and the Geneva Academy motivate young people to disseminate knowledge on international rules that protect victims of armed conflict and states of emergency.
Since its creation in 2005, 16 LLM students have received this prize for their exceptional academic work. Their LLM papers covered a wide range of issues including the participation of armed groups in the elaboration of customary international humanitarian law, factors motivating armed groups to comply with IHL, the right to life of States’ own military personnel in the conduct of hostilities, IHL transparency requirements in the context of drone operations, as well as questions and challenges related to the classification of armed conflicts.
Since this academic year, recipients of the prize will have the opportunity to publish their paper in the International Review of the Red Cross, a leading publication on IHL, humanitarian policy and humanitarian action.
‘This represents a tremendous opportunity for our students and we are very grateful to the International Review of the Red Cross for such exposure. It is also a recognition of the quality and academic excellence of the LLM papers that receive this prize every year’ says Professor Gloria Gaggioli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
‘The sole instances in which such publication might not be possible is if it the paper would fall outside the Review’s editorial line or if it might jeopardize the International Committee of the Red Cross’ field operations’ she adds.
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Our LLM involves the drafting of an LLM 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.
For this spring semester, we offer a series of online short courses on topical and contemporary issues in the field of international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.
Serhat Öztürk graduated from our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in October 2020. He is now working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Turkey. In this interview, he tells about the programme and what it brought to his career.
This IHL talk aims at shining light on some of the many legal challenges stemming from the resurging violence in Israel and Palestine since May 2021.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, 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 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.
Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.