2016 Annual Report

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12 June 2017

Our 2016 Annual Report  is out! It provides an overview of our activities and achievements.

An Intense and Busy Year

2016 has been an intense and busy year for the Geneva Academy with:

  • The launch of our new Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law
  • Our first win of the Jean-Pictet Competition
  • The Launch of a new series of events, the IHL Talks
  • The appointment of our Swiss Human Rights Chair as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
  • Innovative research projects on universality in the Human Rights Council or armed non-state actors
  • The launch of a new website and visual identity

Having an Impact

Through our distinctive mix of education, research, platforms and convening power, we continued to disseminate legal knowledge, inform policy recommendations, support practitioners, and provide a critical and scholarly forum to discuss and debate topical issues in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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News

A Conference in Oslo to Discuss the Future of United Nations Treaty Bodies

9 November 2018

On 17–18 October 2018, the two coordinators of the Geneva Human Rights Platform, Felix Kirchmeier and Kamelia Kemileva, participated in Oslo in a conference on the role that domestic human rights actors play towards the 2020 review of United Nations treaty bodies.

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2'17 Alumni Gathering: Geneva Academy's alumni have lunch in the park News

Join our Alumni Group on LinkedIn!

10 October 2017

As members of this group, our alumni will be able to connect with each other, share information regarding job opportunities and internships, plan informal meetings and networking events in their area, discuss topical issues, share articles and experiences, and more.

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A woman working in a laboratory in a orchid farm Event

Integrating a Gender Perspective in Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: From Guidance to Implementation

27 June 2019, 13:00-14:00

In this panel discussion, representatives from states, businesses and civil society will share their views and responses on the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights’ Gender Framework and Guidance.

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Local people from Watamu work with Local Ocean Conservation to pick up plastic on the beach, on each Friday Event

Plastic Pollution: How to Turn the Tide Right

3 July 2019, 16:30-17:30

This side event during the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, co-organized with Earthjustice, will address the issue of plastic pollution.

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A general view of participants during of the 33nd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council. Training

The Universal Periodic Review and the UN Human Rights System: Raising the Bar on Accountability

30 September - 4 October 2019

This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.

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Central African Republic, Ouham province, village of Ouogo. International Humanitarian Law dissemination session to members of the Peoples' Army for the Restoration of Democracy. Project

From Words to Deeds: A Study of Armed Non-State Actors’ Practice and Interpretation of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Norms

Started in January 2017

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’.

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Syria, Aleppo, Sheikh Massoud neighbourhood, near the frontline. Fighters of the Free Syrian Army. Project

‘Foreign Fighters’ and Counter-Terrorism

Completed in January 2014

Against the background of the mobilization of ‘foreign fighters’ for the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the Geneva Academy undertook various research projects to highlight and clarify a range of international law issues that arise through their participation and measures taken to stem their mobilization.

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