Arthur Nguyen Dao
30 October 2017
We awarded, during our 2017 Graduation Ceremony, three prizes to graduating students for their exceptional academic work: the Henry Dunant Research Prize, the Best LLM Paper Prize and the Best Master in Transitional Justice (MTJ) Paper Prize.
The Foundation Prix Henry Dunant, in partnership with the Geneva Academy, awarded the 2017 Henry Dunant Research Prize to Ms Isabelle Gallino for her LLM paper entitled ‘Factors Motivating Non-State Armed Groups to Comply with International Humanitarian Law: Reflections on Positive Practices’.
This paper focuses on instances where non-state armed groups, under political and reputational considerations to achieve legitimacy, tend to respect international humanitarian law. Dealing with a topical issue, this paper, whose rigorous legal construction is based on a theoretical analysis illustrated by two practical case studies, led the jury - composed of members of the Henry Dunant Prize Foundation, the Geneva Academy and the International Committee of the Red Cross - to award the prize to Ms Gallino.
On the Photo, from the left: Cécile Dunant Martinez, Nicolas Florquin, Isabelle Gallino, Roger Durand, Marie-Caroline Fel, Etienne Kuster
Ms Aida Farkas received the 2017 Best LLM Paper Prize for her exceptional academic work entitled ‘Institutional Racism under the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights: The Case of Forced Sterilization of Roma Women’.
This well researched and well documented paper provides a sound legal analysis of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and institutional racism in cases of violations concerning persons of Roma origin, and more specifically in the context of cases of forced sterilization.
Tafadzwa Christmas received the 2017 Best MTJ Paper Prize for his exceptional academic work entitled ‘When the Law is Like a Door in the Middle of an Open Meadow’ Conceptualizing the Rule of law in the context of Customary Law in South Sudan’.
This paper provides an excellent analysis of a very relevant but largely underexplored topic in the field of transitional justice: the issue of the relation between customary law and the rule of law. Well written and extensively researched, it steers a well-argued course between romanticizing ‘the local’ and narrowly focusing on ‘conventional’ forms of law. As such, this paper makes a substantial contribution to ongoing debates in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law.
Throughout this academic year, our students benefited from various professional development activities aimed at empowering and preparing them for impactful careers in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.
At a meeting co-hosted with the Paris Human Rights Center, members of UN Treaty Bodies responsible for individual communications discussed the implementation of a coherent approach to dealing with communications brought by individuals who seek justice at the international level.
In this book launch, Patryk Labuda will discuss with leading experts and practitioners his new book International Criminal Tribunals and Domestic Accountability. In The Court’s Shadow.
On the occasion of the launch in Geneva of the volume Armed Groups and International Law. In the Shadowland of Legality and Illegality, panelists will reflect on the status of armed groups within a complex legal landscape.
This online short course analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
This online short course will cover the ‘nuts and bolts’ of implementation, including national legislation, dissemination and training, and discuss the mechanisms such as the International Fact-Finding Commission, as set out in the treaties.
This research aims at mainstreaming the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment and the protection it affords in the work of the UN Human Rights Council, its Special Procedures and Universal Periodic Review, as well as in the work of the UN General Assembly and UN treaty bodies.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform collaborates with a series of actors to reflect on the implementation of international human rights norms at the local level and propose solutions to improve uptake of recommendations and decisions taken by Geneva-based human rights bodies at the local level.