The Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in a Nutshell

Group photos of students of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law Group photos of students of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

What

The Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) is:

  • An intensive one-year programme aimed at educating around 30 highly qualified and open-minded students in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law
  • An in-depth study of the following areas: transitional justice, human rights, rule of law, institutional reform, social transformation, and criminal justice
  • An interdisciplinary programme that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, philosophical and field perspectives
  • A prestigious faculty composed of leading academics and renowned experts and practitioners working for international organizations and NGOs who are abreast of the latest developments and debates
  • An ongoing focus on practice via exchanges with practitioners, work on concrete case scenarios and the possibility for several students to carry out research internships and participate in a moot court
  • A tailored-made curriculum that allows students to choose among different tracks according to their interests and career objectives
  • An international, multicultural and diverse student body with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, experiences and motivations
  • Access to our events which provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to discuss and debate topical issues in transitional justice, human rights and international criminal law
  • A degree conferred by two prestigious academic institutions
  • The foundation for a successful career in national, international, governmental, inter- and non-governmental organizations, as well as academic institutions dealing with transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law

Why

10 reasons for choosing the MTJ at the Geneva Academy:

  • Leading institution in the field of transitional justice and human rights
  • Acquisition of a solid and unique expertise in the different facets of transitional justice (legal, political, historical, philosophical) and developments in this field
  • Forms high-level professionals in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law qualified to work as academics, staff members or field workers for inter-governmental, governmental, and non-governmental organizations
  • Familiarity with a wide range of thematic, country/regional and comparative approaches
  • Combination of theory and practice
  • A personal teaching style that encourages interaction between students and lecturers
  • Specialized supervised research for the Master’s thesis
  • One-to-one career counselling and advice
  • Ties with leading actors in the field of transitional justice and human rights
  • A unique human experience during which all those involved (students, faculty and resident staff) develop long-term bonds

How

  • 60 ECTS Credits
  • Core courses throughout the year on human rights, rule of law, institutional reform, social transformation, and criminal justice (45 ECTS Credits)
  • A year-long focus on practical issues and cases
  • A Spring School that addresses cutting-edge issues in transitional justice (3 ECTS Credits)
  • Tailored-made options during the second semester: academic research, clinical work or thematic focus (6 ECTS Credits)
  • The writing of a master’s paper (6 ECTS Credits)
  • A study trip to familiarize with the history of transitional justice
  • A graduation ceremony
Peru, Huancasancos. Vigil and burial ceremonies for the victims of the conflict whose remains were finally restituted to their families after 30 years of disappearance. Spring School

Confronting the Truth: The Functions, Practices and Challenges of Truth Commissions

2-4 April 2019

Truth Commissions are by now an integral part of the transitional justice vocabulary and practice. The 2019 Spring School will provide a comprehensive, multidimensional and practical examination of this transitional justice mechanism, shedding light on both its aims and the practical challenges it has met or is likely to meet.

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Students Address Current Challenges in IHL, Human Rights and Transitional Justice in their Master's Papers

24 September 2018

Students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law discussed key issues and challenges in their master's paper.

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Practitioners at the meeting News

Preparing for a Career in Transitional Justice

12 June 2018

During a dedicated session, students of our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law discussed thematic work in the field of transitional justice, how to start a career, career opportunities and skill required for the field.

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The Geneva Academy offered me a great opportunity to achieve a smooth transition between student life and my professional career.

Solène Berthelier

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Scholarships

We offer scholarships to outstanding students who are unable to secure the funding required to cover tuition fees and/or the cost of living in Geneva.

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Practical Work

The Master in Transitional Justice combines high-level academic education with real-world practice, allowing students to develop the transferable skills necessary to succeed in the professional world.

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Spring School

The Transitional Justice Spring School is a special one-week course, open to external participants, that discusses cutting-edge issues in transitional justice

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Career Opportunities

Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

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