The 49 professionals enrolled in our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict have just started their programme. Fourteen will attend classes in person while 35 others will do so online.
During nine months, they will deepen their knowledge of the law applicable to armed conflicts via 16 courses covering international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international refugee law and international criminal law, as well as on contemporary issues and challenges like terrorism or the responsibility to protect.
‘At the end of the programme, participants will not only master the various legal frameworks applying during and following armed conflicts, but they will also be able to understand their interplay and application in contemporary situations’ explains Professor Gloria Gaggioli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
‘Today’s armed conflicts are becoming more and more complex. For humanitarian and human rights practitioners – working in the field or at the multilateral level –, understanding the rules governing these conflicts is key to develop a comprehensive analysis of a given context and devise appropriate solutions’ she adds.
The 49 participants come from 33 different countries and work for the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the World Food Programme, Amnesty International, Doctors without Borders or for several permanent missions in Geneva.
Two participants who follow the programme in person are enrolled via the University of Geneva’s Horizon académique programme which promotes the professional integration of refugees and migrants.
‘We have a variety of profiles and backgrounds – diplomats, ICRC delegates, lawyers, legal advisers, communication specialists, or experts in counter-terrorism or criminal law – that brings a tremendous richness for the exchanges and discussions in class. This allows participants not only to reflect upon and apply the legal concepts discussed in class to their daily work but also listen to different positions, arguments and approaches’ underlines Professor Gaggioli.
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Classes take place from Wednesdays to Fridays from 12:00 to 14:00, allowing participants who are in the same time zone to follow courses during their lunch break. Participants in the field unable to follow the live classes have access to the recordings of the sessions.
‘Our participants are all professionals with demanding jobs and responsibilities. It is therefore key to ensure that they can follow this intensive programme with the less-possible impact on their professional life’ says Dany Diogo, Coordinator of the Master’s Programme.
‘We are conscious that participants need to absorb a lot of concepts, readings and new knowledge in a very short time and in addition to their regular job. This is why we have extended the support provided via tutorials at the end of each course and right before the exams. Extracurricular sessions on legal writing and research also prepare participants for the writing of their master’s paper’ he adds.
The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict is one of the few part-time, innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in the law of armed conflict offered today.
Designed for professionals, it provides strong theoretical and practical knowledge and responds to the growing need for specialists to address complex contemporary conflicts.
This executive programme – which can be followed in Geneva or online – runs for nine months (beginning of October until the end of June) and admits around 40 practitioners annually. After the end of the courses and exams in June, participants have one additional semester to submit a master’s paper.
Since this academic year, recipients of the Henry Dunant 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.
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Following the withdrawal of US troops and the fact that the Taliban gained effective control over most of the country, including Kabul, we revised the classification of the armed conflicts that are taking place in the country.
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We look forward to welcoming our graduating students, their friends, families and our professors to the 2021 Graduation Ceremony.
The 2021 edition will address two contemporary challenges and issues related to armed conflict: the classification of non-international armed conflicts in which a myriad of armed non-state actors are involved; and cyber conflicts.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, discusses the protection offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) and addresses some problems and controversies specific to IHL of NIACs, including the difficulty to ensure the respect of IHL by armed non-state actors.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, 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.
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.
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’.