The Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: An Overview

This one-year full-time postgraduate degree (60 ECTS) combines high-level academic education and real-world practice in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law. One of the very few courses on this subject in Europe, it focuses on strengthening interdisciplinary knowledge and preparing students for future professional activities.

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From Ivory Coast to Burundi, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Tunisia or Guatemala, countries throughout the world struggle to deal with the aftermath of violent conflict or oppressive rule.

What does it mean for a society to come to terms with mass atrocities, such as genocide and ethnic cleansing? How can the rule of law be re-established in a country shattered by wide-scale violence? What are the legal obligations and standards relevant to societies trying to turn the page on a history of political violence? How can the competing demands of peace and justice be balanced in the aftermath of such traumatic events? What can realistically be expected from measures such as trials, truth commissions, reparation programmes and institutional reform?

The MTJ (60 ECTS) is a one-year full-time postgraduate degree designed for highly qualified and open-minded candidates interested in acquiring high-level academic education and real-world practice in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law. Primary focus is placed on strengthening interdisciplinary knowledge and preparing students for future professional activities.

Based in the heart of International Geneva, this innovative master’s programme makes connections between academic excellence and practical expertise. Designed as a gateway to careers in the growing transitional justice sector, it focuses on developing practical skills through a year of clinical work, research internships, exchanges with practitionners practitionners and participation in a moot court.

More focused attention is needed today to meet the challenges of transitional justice. Critical normative and practical thinking is required to properly grasp and address what is at stake in societies emerging from conflict and authoritarian rule.

Pablo de Greiff

UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence

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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Clinical Work

The Master in Transitional Justice's clinical work comprises seminars that facilitate dialogue and critical reflection on specific situations.

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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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