Apply to our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law!

Applications for the 2022–2023 academic year of our Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) are open.

They will run until 28 January 2022 for applications with a scholarship and until 25 February 2022 for applications without a scholarship.

One of the Few Programmes on this Subject Worldwide

This one-year full-time postgraduate degree is designed for highly qualified and open-minded candidates interested in acquiring high-level academic education and practice in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law.

One of the very few programmes on this subject worldwide, its cross-disciplinary approach combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, philosophical and field perspectives and promotes both academic excellence and independent critical thinking.

An ongoing focus on practice via exchanges with practitioners, work on concrete case scenarios and a study trip allows students to develop the transferable skills necessary to succeed in the professional world and take up responsibilities in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law.

A New Format

As of this academic year, the MTJ’s has a new format that introduces several novelties and opportunities for our students.

New mandatory core courses – spread over the two semesters – cover central theoretical and practical issues in the fields of transitional justice. They are complemented with a large offer of optional courses on issues like the role of civil society during transitions, memorialization or cultural heritage in post-conflict.

Extracurricular activities enrich the programme with a series of events on the United Nations human rights mechanisms with Geneva-based experts and practitioners, and a ‘Voices from the Ground’ series that provides a platform for our students to interact with practitioners and activists who contribute to transitional justice's everyday making.

A Unique Learning Environment

The MTJ is organized around small and intimate learning communities, creating an exceptional learning environment where some of the most diverse, experienced and academically qualified students have access to a prestigious faculty composed of leading academics and renowned experts and practitioners working for international organizations and NGOs who are in touch with the latest developments and debates.

Weekly tutorials given by our Teaching Assistants allow students to revise and discuss concepts and issues addressed in the core courses and prepare for the exams.

As a human rights and peacebuilding hub, Geneva offers a broad range of conferences and public events featuring key experts and topics, as well as providing access to leading actors in the field.

With more than 70 public events, expert seminars and conferences organized every year, we host some of the world’s leading academics and practitioners who share their research, views and experiences with our students and directly touch upon topics addressed in the programme.

The Foundation for a Successful Career

The MTJ provides the necessary legal and practical skills for a successful career in
inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with transitional justice, human rights, the rule of law, peace negotiations or international criminal justice, as well as in public administration, international tribunals or academic institutions.

MTJ Scholarships

We only provide full scholarships for citizens of non-western countries (full list of eligible countries available here).

These are allocated through a highly competitive process based on academic merit, extra-curricular achievements and the candidate’s financial needs.

Admission

The admission section of our website provides detailed information about:

In order for their applications to be reviewed, all applicants must submit within the week following the submission of their application a non-refundable admission fee of 100 Swiss Francs.

A Four Steps Online Application Process

You can apply via a straightforward online form. The online application comprises the following four steps:

  • Decide whether to apply (1) without a scholarship, (2) with a full scholarship; (3) with a partial scholarship
  • Complete the application form
  • Attach the required documents
  • Submit your application

Make sure you have all the requested information and documents before starting your application!

Hear from our Students and Alumni

The testimonials section of our website – regularly enriched with new entries – entails written and video interviews of students and alumni in which they tell more about the programme and what it brought to their career.

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