LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights: What our Students Say

Foysal Quazi Omar in front of Quai Wilson in Geneva Foysal Quazi Omar in front of Quai Wilson in Geneva

18 December 2017

In this interview, Quazi Omar Foysal, currently enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme, teaching, life in Geneva and what he plans to do after.

About Me

I’m Foysal and I come from Bangladesh. Before studying at the Geneva Academy, I completed a Master of Laws at the University of Dhaka where I focused on international human rights law and international humanitarian law. I then worked as a Lecturer in Law at the East West University in Bangladesh. I speak Bangla, English, French, Spanish and Hindi. I love travelling and photography.

Why did you choose the LLM at the Geneva Academy?

Primarily, the course design of the LLM programme corresponds to my career interests in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights and international criminal law. The Geneva Academy’s world renowned faculty also encouraged me to apply for this programme. Finally, the city of Geneva and its impact on promoting and implementing human rights and international humanitarian law was another driving force.

What are you particularly enjoying about your studies?

The most interesting part is the diversity of the students which makes the programme truly international. This not only helps to be universal in and outside the classroom but also to be international in one’s professional life.

How is the teaching?

During my study at the Geneva Academy, I came to realize that international law is not just limited to theoretical issues. Professors who are teaching us are not just interpreting the theoretical dimensions but also sharing their practical experience.

What are you planning to do next?

I am planning to return to my country where I intend to engage in legal research and teaching on different human rights and international humanitarian law issues. I believe the lessons learned from this programme will enable me to work more comprehensively and competently in my areas of interest.

How is life in Geneva?

Coming from a crowded city like Dhaka, Geneva seemed to me very calm and serene. Later on, I discovered that life in Geneva has its own characteristics with its cosmopolitan character, multi-cultural community and its historical elements. The presence of vibrant student bodies adds another dimension to the city though different activities and celebrations.

Why did you choose to be photographed in front of Quai Wilson?

Geneva Lake represents Geneva and I found Quai Wilson as its most refreshing part with the view of the Mont-Blanc. To me, it is the melting point of people all over Geneva. Whenever I feel tired or nostalgic or frustrated, a walk on the Quai Wilson always recharges me to the fullest.

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