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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to the Geneva Academy team – Jemma Arman, Isabelle Gallino and Benjamin Tippett – for reaching the semi-finals of the prestigious 2017 Jean-Pictet Competition!
Sandra Pointet/Geneva Academy
The Geneva Academy Wednesdays take place on Wednesdays in the format of roundtables closed to the general public, where one or more PhD students from the Graduate Institute or the University of Geneva present their research, ideas, working papers or draft thesis chapters.
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Albie Sachs, Former Judge of the South African Constitutional Court, will reflect on the current human rights challenges and how to move the human rights agenda forward.