Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Genève, Switzerland
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights provides post-graduate education, conducts academic legal research and policy studies, and organizes training courses and expert meetings. It concentrates on branches of international law that relate to situations of armed conflict, protracted violence, and protection of human rights.

About

History

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is a joint centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Education

Our three master’s programmes and various training and short courses disseminate legal knowledge in international humanitarian law, international human rights law and transitional justice. Our teaching enables specialists to apply these legal frameworks to complex situations – Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Colombia, Iraq, Syria – and challenging processes such as criminal proceedings, political transitions, international negotiations and humanitarian interventions.

Research

Our research examines issues that are under-explored, need clarification or are unconventional, experimental or challenging. It thus advances understanding and stimulates debate in the academic community and in policy-making institutions and government. The findings of our research regularly inform policy recommendations and support practitioners working on issues such as international humanitarian law, human rights or transitional justice.

Career

We produce specialists in international humanitarian law and international human rights law – through our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict – or in transitional justice – through our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law. In doing so we are responding to the growing need for expert professionals in these sectors.

Most of our students go on, or return, to work in these fields with international organizations, international courts and tribunals, NGOs, governments or academic institutions. Our 700 plus graduates have a visible presence in Geneva-based HR and humanitarian institutions, but also in the wider field and other cities worldwide.

Services

Student services

Throughout the academic year our Student Office responds to students' questions and queries regarding our master’s programme. Via tutorials and office hours, teaching assistants also support them with preparation for exams and the revision of subjects taught during the courses.

Housing services

The Geneva Academy website provides ample information regarding accomodation options in Geneva, and reserved places in students' résidences.

Library services

Our students have access to the Graduate Institute’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library and all its collections, located at the Maison de la paix. The library covers 4,500m2 over two levels and has 330 workstations.

Students also have access to the Uni Mail Library which notably houses UNIGE’s law and international relations collections. The 8,000m2 library, staffed by 50 devoted professionals, extends over the first two floors of the building.

ICT services

Out students can consult course materials, schedules, tutorials and all information related to their programme on the Moodle platform. They also receive, at the beginning of the academic year, a tablet with all the course materials and readings.

Medical services

Geneva Academy students benefit from the services of our parent institutions, the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, including free medical consultations, psychological and other types of social support.

Student Life

Campus life

We are headquartered at Villa Moynier, a historic villa surrounded by a beautiful park with a view over Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. Our campus spans from Geneva’s international area – where most international organizations are located – to downtown Geneva with its cafes, restaurants and vibrant cultural life.

Sports facilities

Geneva Academy students can practise a large number of sports at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), on both a recreational and competitive basis. From basketball, tennis and badminton to fitness, zumba, capoeira, golf, handball, hockey, judo, horse riding and climbing, you can discover something new or continue to practise an activity throughout the academic year.

Student clubs

The Geneva Academy Student Council (GASC) promotes the interests and welfare of Geneva Academy students. This ensures they all enjoy the richest student experience possible during their stay in Geneva.

Every student of the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law is a GASC member.

Other Degrees