Studyportals placeholder

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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

Established in 2007 by the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Geneva Academy has acquired a global reputation for excellent teaching and research, and it attracts students of high quality to its master’s and training programmes. 

Education

Our three master’s programmes and various training and short courses disseminate legal knowledge in international humanitarian law (IHL), 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 scientific research focuses on clarifying IHL, strengthening human rights protection, and developing the areas of complementarity between IHL and international human rights law. In these areas, the Geneva Academy makes a specific contribution to policy development and debate, in government and among scholars and practitioners.

Career

Our graduates are employed around the world, promoting and protecting international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights (HR) in governments, NGOs, international organizations and academic institutions. The Geneva Academy thus contributes to the dissemination of legal knowledge in these crucial sectors.

Apply with Studyportals

Did you know that you can directly apply to available Masters from our selected selected Application Partners in Switzerland? Read more, or check the complete list of programmes to apply for right now.

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

The Geneva Academy is headquartered at the Villa Moynier, a historic villa surrounded by a beautiful park with a view of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.

The Villa houses our research, Student Office, teaching assistants, administrative staff, events, training and classes for our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is accessible to people with disabilities.

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.