12 December 2017
Three students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights – Yasmin Afina, Guillem Adrià Puri Plana and Noa Schreuer – will represent the Geneva Academy at the 30th Edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition that will take in Ohrid, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, from 24 to 31 March 2018.
They are coached by George Dvaladze, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy and PhD candidate at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva.
For this edition, the Committee for the Jean-Pictet Competition received 86 applications and selected 32 Anglophone and 16 Francophone teams for the final rounds. The Geneva Academy’s team will participate in the Anglophone group of the Competition.
The Jean-Pictet Competition is an important part of the professionalizing training on international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights offered by the LLM at the Geneva Academy. ‘Alongside the academic courses on the law applicable in armed conflicts, participation in the competition offers students a unique opportunity to take the law out of the books’ stresses George Dvaladze.
As he also underlines in an article in the International Committee of the Red Cross Law and Policy Blog ‘apart from tremendous experiential learning, IHL competitions also give young students a chance to expand their professional circles and embrace careers in those fields afterwards’.
Our alumni have also participated in the competition in different roles, such as members of the organizing committee, jury members and tutors.
Joshua Niyo is the first recipient of this new prize for his paper ‘Legal Obligations for Armed Non-State Actors: Can IHL and IHRL Learn from Each Other?’.
In this interview, our alumna Jelena Plamenac, an international humanitarian lawyer with over 10 years’ experience in practicing humanitarian and human rights law in international criminal justice systems and humanitarian organizations, tells us about the programme and what it brought to her career.
Panelists will discuss the struggle of Sednaya's former detainees for justice and accountability, and explore the role of current justice and redress initiatives in the contexts of universal jurisdiction and in the documentation of violations.
This short course aims to study, in depth, an emblematic example of the complexity of international humanitarian law and the challenges it raises: the classification of armed conflicts.
This short course discusses the protection offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) and addresses some problems and controversies specific to IHL of NIACs, including the difficulty to ensure the respect of IHL by armed non-state actors.
The Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts project (RULAC) is a unique online portal that identifies and classifies all situations of armed violence that amount to an armed conflict under international humanitarian law (IHL). It is primarily a legal reference source for a broad audience, including non-specialists, interested in issues surrounding the classification of armed conflicts under IHL.
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This project aims to ensure better protection of and assistance for persons with disabilities in situations of armed conflict or its aftermath by identifying legal obligations to protect and assist persons with disabilities during conflict, and the policies and practices required to put these obligations into effect.