In Spring Semester, LLM students go on a study trip to learn about leading institutions and organizations active in the field of international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights (HR). This trip allows students to experience the practical side of IHL and HR, and is a marvellous opportunity to understand the work of international organizations and NGOs, meet staff and experts and discuss IHL and HR issues.
The Geneva Academy Student Association is responsible for organizing the LLM study trip, which is partially financed by the Geneva Academy.
Students in the 2016–2017 academic year went on a nine-day study trip to Belgrade and Kosovo where they met with a wide range of leading actors in the region working on international humanitarian law, human rights, international criminal law, transitional justice, and migration, including the International Committee of the red Cross (ICRC), the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC), the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Human Rights Review Panel of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX).
Students in the 2015–2016 academic year travelled to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, where they could learn more about work and challenges in a post-conflict zone and the ways in which different organizations – the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGOs – operate in the field.
In 2014–2015, students went to The Hague and Amsterdam, where they met judges, prosecutors, defence counsel and other personnel from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court.
My year at the Geneva Academy was probably the best and most intense year of my life. The knowledge and tools acquired, both from staff and classmates, are immeasurable. It was a year of living 24/7 with people who share your interests and have the same passion for the field of international law.
The Geneva Academy is a leading education and research institution in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.
Our teaching enables specialists to apply legal frameworks to complex situations and challenging processes.
Our experts are leading academics in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.
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