9 June 2017
On Saturday 27 May, more than 100 alumni gathered together to celebrate our 10th anniversary.
Former directors of the Geneva Academy and of the Centre universitaire de droit international humanitaire (CUDIH), the predecessor of the Geneva Academy, shared their memories as heads of these institutions.
Antonio Coco and Jean-Baptiste Maillart, Teaching Assistants at the Geneva Academy and former LLM students, introduced the panel with a great touch of humor and shared with the public some little secrets of the daily life at the Academy.
Around the theme ‘The Grand Geneva Academy Hotel: Diary of a Director’ Professors Louis Doswald-Beck, Robert Kolb, Andrew Clapham and Robert Roth discussed the genesis of the LLM programme, the implementation of additional tutorials to complete core course, and the switch to English as official language of instruction which allowed a broader range of students to join our programmes. They also mentioned the first steps into the Villa Moynier, which before becoming our headquarter was left to crumble. In the end, the speakers gave to students interesting insights of the Geneva Academy’s backstage scene in an informal and convivial atmosphere.
Our current LLM students also presented to our alumni their initiative to cycle from Geneva to Solferino to raise funds for a LLM scholarship for next year class.
These presentations were followed by a barbecue in the Parc Mon Repos. In the evening, the festivities continued in the Jardin Anglais with tapas and drinks. What a cheerful moment to meet former classmates and professors, get to know current students and remember Geneva’ student life!
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
This year, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary – a perfect time to take a look in the rearview mirror at the milestones we have passed. While there are many achievements we could highlight, we have selected our top ten to match our age!
Mpho Somhlaba is a South African Diplomat responsible for humanitarian issues at the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN in Geneva and is currently enrolled in our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict.