Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
As part of the curriculum, our LLM students can participate in the prestigious Jean-Pictet Competition on international humanitarian law (IHL).
The Jean-Pictet Competition is recognized as the leading IHL competition and one of the most innovative training programmes for students in public international law. This week-long event tests students on their knowledge of and ability to implement IHL, as well as other branches of international law, through role-playing exercises based on a hypothetical armed conflict scenario. The dynamic structure of the Competition encourages participants to consider IHL issues from various perspectives, while allowing the jury to evaluate each team's theoretical knowledge, practical understanding and presentation style.
Three students can participate in this leading moot court following a competitive selection process carried out by a Geneva Academy jury. For selected students, participation replaces two optional courses and can be validated for 6 ECTS.
In 2016 the Geneva Academy team won this prominent IHL moot for the first time.
As part of the IHL course, LLM students participate in two public pleadings on specific conflict situations like the Gaza conflict in summer 2014 or the 2008 South Ossetian conflict.
Teams are assigned specific roles and plead, in front of a jury, on concrete issues related to the conflict. These include: classification of conflict and applicable law; classification of territory and persons; killing and destruction of property; use of weapons and precautionary measures during ground and air offensives; targeting of persons; detention of prisoners by armed forces and armed groups.
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?’.
Our two LLM students, Anna Lochhead-Sperling and Paula Padrino Vilela participated in the oral rounds of the Nelson Mandela Moot Court. A great opportunity to put into practice the human rights notions learned in class, meet other law students from all around the world and train public speaking and presentation skills.
Ignacio Lepro, Eliška Mockova and Tori More, currently enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, will represent the Geneva Academy at the 31st Edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition that will take place in Obernai (France) from 16 to 23 March 2019.
I warmly recommend the Jean-Pictet Competition to every international law enthusiast and feel privileged for the opportunity to engage in fascinating questions relating to international humanitarian law, while getting to know extremely professional practitioners, scholars and students from all around the world.