Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
From the peace agreement in Colombia to the situation in the Central African Republic or the role of armed non-state actors in transitional justice processes, seven Transitional Justice Cafés allowed students of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) to discuss topical issues with leading expert in the field.
For the first year of the MTJ, the following Transitional Justice Cafés were organized:
Each café is divided in two parts: a presentation followed by a discussion where the guest speaker engages with students on the issues and challenges they raise. ‘With these cafés, our students get exposure to practical situations and can develop their networks in the field of transitional justice’ underlines Thomas Unger, co-director of the MTJ. ‘The format allows our students to have in-depth discussions with experts and practitioners ’ adds Frank Haldemann, also co-director of the MTJ.
In this interview, Firouzeh Mitchell, currently enrolled in the Master in Transitional Justice, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
The second term of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law started with a very special occasion: a study trip to Nuremberg. A key site for thinking about transitional justice as a contemporary response to mass atrocity.
This project intends to clarify the conditions of accountability for international crimes by providing a detailed assessment of the customary international law status of, in particular, the actus reus and mens rea elements of modes of liability: planning, instigating, conspiracy, direct and indirect perpetration, co-perpetration, the three forms of joint criminal enterprise, the doctrine of common purpose under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, command responsibility and aiding and abetting.
This project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, investigated the relevance of international law in relation to such demands for reparation.