Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
10 July 2017
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.
Students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights (LLM) and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) spent a week in the Balkans – Belgrade, Sarajevo and Srebrenica – where they met experts and institutions who work in the fields of IHL, human rights and transitional justice.
Sharon Braekman is pursuing a MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law at the Geneva Academy. She tells us about her background, the programme and what it will bring to her career.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, reviews the origins of international criminal law, its relationship with the international legal order including the UN Security Council and its coexistence with national justice institutions. The scope of international crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression – is considered alongside initiatives to expand or add to these categories.