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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 11 Sep 2015
    Starting date: 28 Sep 2015
    Ending date: 02 Oct 2015

    This training will provide human rights advocates, staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national human rights institutions, representatives of governments, and staff of United Nations (UN) bodies and other international organizations, as well as members of the academia, with a broad understanding of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), and in-depth knowledge on how to promote ESCR in their work. At the end of the training, participants will be:

    • Familiar with the content of ESCR, in particular specific rights such as the right to food, right to housing, right to education, rights to water and sanitation, right to health, right to social security and right to work;
    • Knowledgeable about the UN mechanisms mandated to protect and promote ESCR and the domestic mechanisms available for implementing ESCR;
    • Conversant with the role of civil society, national human rights institutions, governments, and non-state actors in relation to ESCR;
    • Able to identify and effectively describe violations and problems in progressive realization of ESCR; incorporate this in their advocacy plans; and devise strategies for making use of UN and other ESCR mechanisms.**Fees**

    The training fee for this 5-day intensive program is 1530-Swiss francs (CHF) and it includes: tuition costs, course materials, 5 lunches and refreshments during coffee breaks. The fee is payable once confirmation of participation has been issued.


    How to register:

    Deadlines for application:
    7 August 2015 for applicants requiring visa for Switzerland
    11 September 2015 for applicants not requiring visa for Switzerland
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    info: escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 04 Sep 2015
    Starting date: 21 Sep 2015
    Ending date: 25 Sep 2015

    Cette formation a pour but d’appuyer et de renforcer le travail des professionnels sur les droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (DESC), y compris les défenseurs des DESC, les représentants d’organisations non gouvernementales (ONGs), d’institutions nationales de protection des droits humains, de gouvernements, de l’ONU et d’autres organisations internationales, et du monde académique. Les participants vont acquérir une connaissance approfondie du contenu des DESC et des obligations des Etats, et une maîtrise du fonctionnement des organes de contrôle des Nations Unies. Ils seront capables d’intégrer ces droits et mécanismes dans leur travail.
    A la fin de la formation, les participants seront :

    • Familiers avec le contenu des DESC, en particulier le droit à l’alimentation, le droit à l’eau, le droit à l’assainissement, le droit au logement, le droit à la santé et le droit à l’éducation, ainsi qu’avec les obligations corrélatives des Etats ;
    • Formés sur l’utilisation des mécanismes des Nations Unies chargés de la promotion et de la protection des DESC, et sur celle des mécanismes nationaux de contrôle ;
    • Capable d’identifier et de dénoncer efficacement les violations des DESC, et de définir une stratégie pour défendre les DESC avec des partenaires locaux, nationaux et internationaux.

    Emoluments

    Les émoluments pour cette formation intensive de 5 jours sont de 1530-francs suisses(CHF)et incluent : les coûts de la formation, le matériel distribué, 5 repas de midi et les pauses café. Les émoluments sont à payer une fois obtenue la confirmation de participation.


    How to register:
    • En ligne
      Merci de remplir le formulaire de candidature en ligne et de l’envoyer par courrier électronique. Pour que le dossier de candidature soit complet, les candidats doivent également envoyer un CV (le CV ne doit pas dépasser 2 pages) à escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch
    • Par email
      Merci de télécharger le formulaire de candidature ou de demander une copie à escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch. Les formulaires remplis doivent être envoyés par email, et être accompagnés d’un CV (le CV ne doit pas dépasser 2 pages) pour que le dossier de candidature soit complet. Merci d’envoyer votre dossier à escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch

    Délai de candidature:
    31 juillet 2015 pour les candidats ayant besoin d’un visa pour la Suisse 4 septembre 2015 pour les candidats n’ayant pas besoin d’un visa pour la Suisse.

    Contact: escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 16 Oct 2015
    Starting date: 04 Nov 2015
    Ending date: 06 Nov 2015

    This training will provide participants with a broad understanding of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas and in-depth knowledge on how to promote these rights in their work.
    At the end of the training, participants will be:

    • Knowledgeable about the negotiations taking place in the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council to elaborate a UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas
    • Familiar with the content of the draft Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas
    • Able to discuss challenges in the recognition of new rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas,including the right to land and the right to seeds
    • Able to identify and effectively describe violations of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas
    • Understand the roles of states, human rights bodies, civil society, and representatives of peasants and other people working in rural areas in the promotion and protection of these rights
      Fees

    The training fee amounts to**980 Swiss Francs (CHF)** (included a non-refundable 200.- CHF administrative fee).
    The fee includes: tuition costs, training materials, lunches, and coffee breaks.


    How to register:

    Online
    Please fill in the online application form and submit it electronically. For the registration to be complete, applicants must also send their CVs (CV must not exceed two pages) to rightsofpeasants@geneva-academy.ch

    By email
    Please download the application form or request a copy at rightsofpeasants@geneva-academy.ch. The filed application form should be submitted via email, and must be accompanied by a CV for the registration to be complete. Please send your application to rightsofpeasants@geneva-academy.ch

    Deadlines for application:

    14 September 2015 for applicants requiring visa for Switzerland
    The Schengen Visa is required. The process may take up to 14 to 21 days.
    16 October 2015 for applicants NOT requiring visa for Switzerland

    Contact: rightsofpeasants@geneva-academy.ch


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 15 Sep 2015
    Starting date: 01 Oct 2015
    Ending date: 31 May 2016

    The Executive Master - Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Law in Armed Conflict (60 ECTS credits) - is delivered jointly by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva. The programme is a two-year post-graduate degree for practitioners, which builds on the Academy's cutting edge research, academic excellence and historic ties to the International Committee of the Red Cross. It features distinguished faculty from the University of Geneva, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and other world-renowned universities, as well as members of the wider judicial and human rights community. Every year between fifteen and twenty practitioners - diplomats, legal advisors, NGO staff and human rights advocates - are admitted to the programme, which is designed to enable participants to gain specialised knowledge, discuss pressing issues facing the international community, and search for ways in which the law can be applied to their day-to-day professional activities.

    Individual modules are also offered in the context of the Academy’s Executive Master programme, enabling participants to draw on the comprehensive expertise of the programme’s faculty and to interact with other professionals attending the executive master programme.


    How to register:

    alt**Eligibility:**

    Participants must be professionals, for instance: practising lawyers, corporate counsel, human rights advocates, NGO employees, diplomats or officials from international organizations.

    We encourage applications from qualified individuals from outside Switzerland, but please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining a visa to come to, and reside in, Switzerland. The Executive Master is a part-time programme, with mandatory class attendance (80% of all classes). The Geneva Academy cannot obtain student visas for admitted applicants because the Swiss authorities do not grant student visas for part-time study. Therefore applicants from outside Switzerland must obtain visas through other channels, for instance: an employment-based visa or by residing – applicable to EU citizens only – across the border in France.

    Applicant Profile:

    1)Work experience in a relevant field
    2)Bachelor's degree minimum
    3)Proficiency in English

    alt**Required documents:**

    1Completed application form format word **
    2** Detailed CV **
    3** Letter of motivation **
    4** Proof of competence in English (TOEFL or revelant work experience)

    Please send the completed application form, along with your CV, letter of motivation and proof of competence in English to: executivemaster@geneva-academy.ch

    Please write "Application" in the subject of your email.


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 15 Sep 2015
    Starting date: 19 Oct 2015
    Ending date: 23 Oct 2015

    This 11th edition of the seminar, which is organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, aims to help lecturers teach and research contemporary IHL issues more effectively. The seminar will take place at the new ICRC conference centre, the Humanitarium, from Monday, 19 October to Friday, 23 October 2015 (participants are expected to arrive in Geneva on 18 October).

    Profile of candidates: academics desirous to improve IHL teaching skills

    The seminar is intended for academics holding a teaching/research position at a university or other academic institution. Candidates should have a sound knowledge of international humanitarian law (IHL) and related fields of international law, and should be motivated to become more skilful teachers of these subjects. Proficiency in English is required, as that will be the language of the seminar.

    Seminar topics: Contemporary challenges to IHL and teaching methodologies

    The seminar will address recent debates on specific IHL issues through workshops, debates, case studies, visits to places of scholarly interest and explore the use of various tools dedicated to IHL teaching.

    Sessions will focus on IHL teaching methodologies and on recent substantive challenges, such as: the scope of application of the law in armed conflicts; multinational operations; developments in the interaction between IHL and international human rights law; the use of explosive weapons in populated areas; cyber-warfare; and developments in IHL implementation; among others. A panel conference on questions related to 'Generating respect for the law' will take place on Thursday evening. Participants may also expect to visit IHL libraries and academic institutions in Geneva.

    To get a better sense of this forthcoming edition of the seminar, interested candidates may listen to podcasts of the 2013 edition on this page.

    Format: co-chaired interactive sessions offering different perspectives

    Lectures will be given by leading academics from Geneva and beyond, ICRC legal advisers and various experts. To foster interaction and debate amongst participants, some sessions will be chaired by two speakers, who will provide different perspectives. Side events will give participants opportunities for informal discussions with senior ICRC staff. Participants will be able to keep in touch after the seminar, for academic purposes, through the LinkedIN Network of IHL Professors.


    How to register:

    Interested candidates should submit:

    • a completed application form
    • a curriculum vitae containing an updated list of academic publications
    • a cover letter explaining the applicant's motivation and expectations
    • a letter of recommendation
    • a short abstract on a humanitarian/legal issue or subject that the applicant is working on

    Completed applications should be sent electronically to Margherita D'Ascanio at the following address: ihlcourse@icrc.org. Applications received after 15 September 2015 will not be considered. The number of participants is limited to 35. Candidates will be notified of the selection committee's decision by Friday, 30 September 2015.

    Cost and expenses

    A fee of 800 Swiss francs is required as a contribution to the total cost of the seminar. This will pay for accommodation for six nights, meals and seminar materials. Participants are expected to cover the expenses of their travel to and from Geneva.


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 31 Mar 2016
    Starting date: 01 Sep 2016
    Ending date: 31 Aug 2017

    Countries throughout the world struggle to deal with the aftermath of violent conflict and oppressive rule. To assist such societies, the expanding field of transitional justice proposes a range of practical measures, including criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparation programmes, and institutional reform. Based in international Geneva, this Master’s programme comprehensively explores the theoretical debates that surround transitional justice as well as its practical application. This is the first Master’s programme to link transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law. Carefully structured to address key issues and perspectives, it covers ethics and human rights; institutional reform and building the rule of law after conflict; international criminal and humanitarian law; development and economic, social and cultural rights; gender issues; constitution-making. Designed to provide a gateway into careers in the growing transitional justice sector, it focuses on developing practical skills offering integrated internships, a year-long clinic, and professionalizing activities in Geneva and beyond.

    Language of course: English
    Venue: Geneva - Switzerland
    Tuition fees: 15'000.-CHF
    Scholarship opportunities: Yes


    How to register:

    Application materials

    Please submit the following documents all at once:

    1. Application without scholarship - open until 31st March 2016 (Late applications might be considered)

    2. Application with scholarship - open until 29th February 2016

    By submitting a scholarship request you are no longer considered in the non-scholarship application track

    3. Curriculum vitae

    4. Personal statement (explaining the applicant’s interest in the programme, between 1-3 pages)

    5. Two letters of recommendation (no specific format required, and can be sent separately by post or e-mail by the applicant or by the person writing the letter)

    6. Certified copies of relevant degrees and diplomas, with an officially certified translation when not in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

    7. Certified copies of official records of university examinations taken and grades obtained, with the same need for translation as above

    8. TOEFL or IELTS score. Please don't use the University of Geneva or Graduate Institute code. Kindly forward us the original results or a copy once you have received them. (Please refer to the language requirements section for minimal scores needed to be admitted)

    1. Copy of your passport + photo ID

    Please do not send original documents, as all submitted materials become the property of the MAS programme upon receipt. Documents cannot be returned to the applicant nor forwarded to other schools or agencies.

    You will need to bring your original diplomas and transcirpts to Geneva if you submit non-certified copies for your application.

    Please do not staple or bind the pages of your application.

    We accept applications sent by postal mail or e-mail:

    Admission Office - Villa Moynier, Rue de lausanne 120B - CP 67 - 1211 Geneva 21 - Switzerland
    TJM@geneva-academy.ch

    For more information: http://www.master-transitionaljustice.ch/


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 06 Apr 2016
    Starting date: 06 Jun 2016
    Ending date: 10 Jun 2016

    This one-week introductory training course is tailored to meet the needs of academic researchers, diplomats, government officials, lawyers, judges, journalists and other professionals working in national governments, international organizations, NGOs, National Human Rights Institutions or development agencies with limited background knowledge of ESCR.

    The course caters for people who wish to gain a thorough understanding of these rights and the role of the Geneva-based mechanisms that promote and protect them.

    At the end of the training, participants will be familiar with:
    • The content of different ESCR, including the rights to food, housing, education, health, water and sanitation
    • UN mechanisms for the promotion and protection of ESCR
    • Domestic mechanisms available to implement ESCR
    • The justiciability of ESCR at the national, regional and international levels
    • Recent developments and challenges related to the promotion and protection of ESCR
    • The role of various actors - civil society, national human rights institutions, governments and non-state actors - in relation to ESCR
    • Violations of ESCR and obstacles to their progressive realization
    • The promotion and protection of ESCR in specific contexts, such as in connection with the privatization of services or the protection of the environment.

    The training fee for this 5-day intensive programme is 1530-Swiss francs (CHF). This includes tuition costs, course materials, as well as 5 lunches and refreshments during coffee breaks. The fee is payable once confirmation of participation has been issued.


    How to register:

    By e-mail
    Please download the application form or request a copy at escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch. The filled in application form should be submitted via email, with your CV (no more than two pages). Please send your application to escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 26 Jul 2016
    Starting date: 26 Sep 2016
    Ending date: 30 Sep 2016

    This one-week advanced training course is designed to meet the needs of academic researchers, diplomats, government officials, lawyers, judges, journalists and other professionals working for international organizations, NGOs, National Human Rights Institutions or development agencies. Participants generally have experience in the field of ESCR and wish to broaden their knowledge on monitoring techniques and the role of Geneva-based UN mechanisms in implementing these rights.

    At the end of the course, participants will be familiar with:
    • The different tools and techniques to monitor ESCR, including the use of indicators, human rights impact assessments, budget analysis and litigation strategies
    • Recent developments in monitoring ESCR
    • Methods for documenting violations of ESCR and techniques for presenting findings to different mechanisms – national courts, national human rights institutions, regional human rights bodies and UN mechanisms
    • Various mechanisms at the national, regional and international levels for obtaining redress and reparations for violations of ESCR
    • Strategies to build local and transnational advocacy policies and networks.

    The training fee for this 5-day intensive program is 1530-Swiss francs (CHF) and it includes: tuition costs, course materials, 5 lunches and refreshments during coffee breaks. The fee is payable once confirmation of participation has been issued.


    How to register:

    Please download the application form or request a copy at escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch. The filled in application form should be submitted via email, with your CV (no more than two pages). Please send your application to escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 18 Aug 2016
    Starting date: 18 Oct 2016
    Ending date: 20 Oct 2016

    This three days training course is aimed at academics,diplomats, government officials, lawyers, judges, journalists,representatives of social movementsand peasant organizations, as well as other professionals from international organizations, NGOs, National Human Rights Institutions and development agencies working on issues related to food, land, seeds, peasants’ and agricultural workers’ rights, human rights, sustainable development, and poverty alleviation.

    It provides participants with a thorough understanding of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas and addresses key challenges related to land rights, land grabbing and the right to seeds.

    The training course also provides up-to-date information on the current negotiations on a new UNDeclaration on the Rights of Peasants.

    At the end of the course, participants will be familiar with:
    • Key issues addressed in the negotiations on the drafting of an international instrument on the rights of peasants, including the right to land and the right to seeds
    • The content of the draft Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas
    • The rights of rural women and rural workers
    • Violations of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas such as land grabbing or forced displacement
    • The roles of States, human rights bodies, civil society organizations, and representatives of peasants and other people working in rural areas in the promotion and protection of these rights.

    The training fee for this 3-day intensive programme is 530 Swiss francs (CHF), included a non-refundable 200 CHF administrative fee. This includes tuition costs, course materials, as well as 3 lunches and refreshments during coffee breaks. The fee is payable once confirmation of participation has been issued, and at the latest on 18 September 2016.


    How to register:

    Please download the application form or request a copy at escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch. The filled in application form should be submitted via email, with your CV (no more than two pages). Please send your application to escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 02 May 2016
    Starting date: 11 May 2016
    Ending date: 13 May 2016

    The right to life is often described as the “supreme” or “foundational” right. This seminar provides an opportunity to engage with some of the cutting-edge development as far as this seminal right is concerned, in the human rights, humanitarian law and the violence reduction contexts.

    What are the current challenges and opportunities related to the right to life? What are the cutting-edge developments in jurisprudence, monitoring tools and practices at the national, regional and international levels?

    The seminar will bring together practitioners and other experts who work on right to life issues on a daily basis in human rights and humanitarian institutions worldwide, as well as leading academics in this field, both as presenters and participants. The small size of the group is designed to facilitate discussions and a deeper understanding of the subject matter, and to facilitate multi-regional and multi-disciplinary collaborations in this field.

    The following issues will be addressed and debated during the seminar:

    • Key challenges to the right to life during situations of armed conflict
    • The progressive abolition of death penalty
    • The management of assemblies and the use of force
    • New “General Comments” on the right to life
    • The role of investigations in protecting the right to life
    • New technologies and the right to life
    • Violence reduction, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Training of police officers on the use of force
    • The importance of protecting frequently targeted groups

    Participation fee is 1’500 CHF and it includes: participation costs, seminar materials, 3 lunches and refreshments during coffee breaks.


    How to register:

    Please download the application form or request a copy at antonella.ghio@geneva-academy.ch
    The completed application form should be submitted via email to antonella.ghio@geneva-academy.ch , and must be accompanied by a CV for the registration to be complete (The CV must not exceed 2 pages).

    Registration deadlines:
    25 March 2016 for participants requiring visa (extensions can be granted for participants sending a copy of their visa)
    2 May 2016 for other participants


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 18 Sep 2016
    Starting date: 03 Oct 2016
    Ending date: 23 Jun 2017

    The Executive Master - Master of Advanced Studies (MAS: Maîtrise universitaire d'études avancées, 60 ECTS credits) in International Law in Armed Conflict - is delivered jointly by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva.

    Courses

    This part-time programme, in English, is structured around four modules: Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law and Human Rights in Armed Conflict.

    Each module comprises three to four courses that are taking place twice a week on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon from October 2016 to June 2017(except public and school holidays).

    Participants are required to complete a course evaluation at the end of each course. Final exams are administered at the end of the academic year, and cover the material of the four modules. Courses are complemented by tutorials held by teaching assistants.

    Module 1: Public International Law

    • Course 1: Sources and Subjects of Public International Law
    • Course 2: From Use of Force to Responsibility to Protect
    • Course 3: Sanctions in Public International Law

    Module 2: International Humanitarian Law

    • Course 1: Basic Principles of IHL and the Conduct of Hostilities in International Armed Conflicts
    • Course 2: Protection of Persons and Property in International Armed Conflicts
    • Course 3: The Law of Non-International Armed Conflicts and Other Contested Issues
    • Course 4: Classification of Armed Conflicts

    Module 3: Human Rights in Armed Conflict

    • Course 1: International Refugee Law
    • Course 2: The Interplay between International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    • Course 3: Selected Issues of protection during Armed Conflict and Disaster

    Module 4: International Criminal Law

    • Course 1: Criminal Repression of International Crimes
    • Course 2: The Repression of Terrorism: Issues and Debates
    • Course 3: The International Criminal Court

    Master thesis

    Participants are required to write a Master's thesis under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Upon the completion of the courses, six to nine additional months are needed to complete the Master’s thesis and defend it before a jury.

    A class on research skills helps participants to research and write their thesis. Participants are required to orally defend their thesis.

    Extracurricular Activities

    The programme is complemented by workshops, conferences, seminars and events organized throughout the year and featuring key experts and practitioners.


    How to register:

    Admission Criteria

    The main requirements to apply for our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict are:

    • Work experience in a relevant field
    • A Bachelor's degree
    • Proficiency in English

    Tuition Fees

    Tuition Fees for the Master amount to 15,000 Swiss Francs in total.

    Executive Master students must submit a non-refundable deposit of CHF 500 within one month of receipt of their admission letter in order to secure their place in the programme.

    Tuition is payable in three instalments (CHF 2’500, CHF 6’000 and CHF 6’000), due no later than 1 October 2016, 1 December 2016 and 15 January 2017 respectively. Payment details will be communicated with the admission letter.

    A 10% discount (13,500 CHF) is offered to participants who pay tuition in full before 1 October 2016.

    Tuition fees cover teaching costs, teaching materials, as well as the use of the libraries of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and of the University of Geneva. Tuition fees do not cover travel or accommodation expenses in Geneva.

    Tuition fees for following an individual course amount to CHF 980.--

    Application Materials and Timeline for the Full Programme

    Materials

    Please submit the following documents all at once:

    1. Completed application form
    2. Detailed CV
    3. Letter of Motivation
    4. Proof of competence in English (TOEFL or relevant work experience)

    Please send the completed application form, along with your CV, letter of motivation and proof of competence in English to: executivemaster@geneva-academy.ch

    Please write "Application" in the subject of your email.

    Timelines

    Class beginning: end of September 2016
    End of class: June 2017


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 19 Jul 2016
    Starting date: 19 Sep 2016
    Ending date: 23 Sep 2016

    Cette formation de base d’une semaine en français s’adresse aux diplomates, avocats, juges, journalistes et représentants d’ONG, de l’ONU et d’autres organisations internationales, d’institutions nationales de défense des droits humains, d’agences de développement ou du monde académique ayant une connaissance limitée des droits économique, sociaux et culturels (DESC). Elle leurs permet d’acquérir une connaissance approfondie de ces droits et des obligations des Etats, ainsi qu’une maîtrise du fonctionnement des mécanismes chargés de les mettre en œuvre et de les protéger.

    A la fin de la formation, les participants auront acquis une connaissance approfondie :

    • Du contenu des différents DESC, dont notamment les droits à l’alimentation, à l’eau et à l’assainissement, au logement, à la santé et à l’éducation
    • Des mécanismes onusiens chargés de la promotion et de la protection des DESC
    • Des mécanismes nationaux de mise en œuvre des DESC
    • De la justiciabilité des DESC aux niveaux national, régional et international
    • Des nouveaux développements et défis relatifs à la mise en œuvre des DESC
    • Du rôle des différents acteurs – société civile, institutions nationales de défense des droits humains, gouvernements et acteurs non-étatiques – dans la promotion et protection des DESC
    • Des violations des DESC ainsi que des différents obstacles à leur réalisation progressive
    • De la promotion et protection des DESC dans des contextes spécifiques tels que la privatisation des services ou la protection de l’environnement.

    Le coût de cette formation intensive de 5 jours s’élève à 1530-francs suisses (CHF) et comprend les coûts de la formation, le matériel distribué, 5 repas de midi et les pauses café.


    How to register:

    Merci de télécharger le formulaire de candidature ou de demander une copie à escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch. Les formulaires remplis doivent être envoyés par email, et être accompagnés d’un CV (le CV ne doit pas dépasser 2 pages) pour que le dossier de candidature soit complet. Merci d’envoyer votre dossier à escrtraining@geneva-academy.ch


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 27 Feb 2017
    Starting date: 01 Sep 2017
    Ending date: 01 Sep 2018

    This one-year postgraduate degree course provides advanced, comprehensive and practical training in international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL), as well as the interplay between them.

    Students gain access to a world-renowned faculty, benefit from direct connections with leading actors in the field like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and share ideas with other participants from an array of different legal backgrounds and perspectives.

    The programme allows students to tailor their studies according to their particular interests. Core courses provide a firm grounding in public international law, IHL, IHRL, international refugee law and international criminal law.

    Optional courses allow students to deepen their expertise in a particular issue such as the protection of children in armed conflict and post-conflict, counter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, transitional justice, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities or the work of international courts and tribunals.

    Our LLM is also profoundly committed to developing the transferable skills necessary to succeed in the professional world and take up responsibilities in the humanitarian and human rights fields. To this end, internships with leading actors and participation in moot courts provide a solid exposure to practical work and allow students to expand their network.


    How to register:

    You can apply for the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights via a straightforward, online form.

    Please read the information in this section carefully before starting an application, as it will help ensure a quick and smooth application process.

    Please visit our website for more information on the required documents and scholarship opportunities.


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 03 Feb 2017
    Starting date: 27 Feb 2017
    Ending date: 03 Mar 2017

    Can we promote environmental protection through existing human rights (HR) mechanisms? What protection does international law afford to ‘climate refugees’? What are the synergies and tensions between the legal protection of HR and the environment?

    From the contamination of water bodies to the effects of climate change, the relationship between the protection of HR and environmental conservation is one of the most pressing issues in contemporary international law.

    This training course provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of HR and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge of how to promote environmental protection through existing HR mechanisms.

    Programme

    The training course covers the following issues:

    • The main international HR and environmental law instruments and mechanisms
    • The nature of state obligations under the two legal regimes – international HR law and environmental law – as well as the entitlements and responsibilities of individuals, groups and other private actors
    • Rights to information and participation in environment-related decision-making and the right to remedy in the case of environmental nuisance
    • Corporate social responsibility
    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • The rights of indigenous peoples and traditional local communities; the concept of environmental refugees; gender-related rights; the protection of the HR of environmental defenders
    • The HR dimension of environmental protection in land and water management, biodiversity, climate change and UNESCO nominated natural sites
    • The use of international HR mechanisms to litigate and advocate for environmental protection
    • Synergies and tensions in the promotion of HR and the protection of the environment
    • A visit to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council to attend the presentation of the annual report of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment

    Benefits

    At the end of this course, participants will be:

    • Familiar with the major international legal instruments for the promotion of HR and the conservation of the environment (e.g. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, Convention on Biological Diversity and Protocols, Aarhus Convention, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNESCO World Heritage Convention)
    • Knowledgeable about the different UN mechanisms mandated to protect and promote human rights and the conservation of the environment, and how the agendas of the specialized agencies intersect
    • Conversant with the role of civil society, national and international environmental and HR institutions, governments and non-state actors in relation to the protection of human rights and the environment
    • Able to identify and effectively describe synergies and tensions in the realization of HR and the protection of the environment, to re-think their advocacy plans and devise new strategies for making better use of the UN HR mechanisms

    Lecturers

    Lecturers include Geneva Academy experts, renowned academic scholars, as well as senior professionals from international organizations and NGOs. The training course includes a special session with John Knox, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment.

    Methodology

    The course is interactive and participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and visions on the subject. The training sessions include lectures and expert panels, as well as practical examples and case studies. Sessions are designed to enhance knowledge exchange with peers and facilitators.

    Audience

    This training course is designed for staff of NGOs, national environmental and HR institutions, UN bodies and other international organizations, as well as representatives of governments and members of academia.

    Certification

    Participants who successfully complete the training course receive a certificate of participation from the Geneva Academy


    How to register:

    Applications must be submitted via the online application form.


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 11 Jan 2017
    Starting date: 16 Jan 2017
    Ending date: 20 Jan 2017

    Preparing for intense and high-level engagement during the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) requires a deep understanding of HRC rules, functioning and practice. The ability to negotiate, advocate, lobby and push for issues in such a complex environment also requires a sound knowledge of the different actors and dynamics at play, as well as strong communication skills.

    This five-day training course, ahead of the main HRC session, allows participants to develop their network and acquire the necessary skills to lead and perform effectively in this major forum for human rights diplomacy.

    Programme

    The training is structured around three main themes.

    The Functioning of the Human Rights Council

    • The functioning, rules and practice of HRC
    • The various HRC mechanisms (e.g. commissions of inquiry, special procedures, universal periodical review)
    • The dynamics at play
    • The role and influence of individuals
    • The role, functions and influence of other actors: who does what? How does this play out in concrete terms?
    • The role of ‘satellite’ factors, such as unexpected political situations or external pressures

    The phenomenon of working within and across ‘groupings’

    • HRC regional groups and their dynamics
    • Coalitions
    • Serving in one or more groupings
    • Tensions between bilateral/multilateral policies and HRC diplomacy, and the challenges of ensuring cohesion between these
    • Best practices and tools for juggling a complex agenda

    Leadership in the Human Rights Council

    • Leading through a negotiation
    • and lobbying techniques
    • Techniques for communicating, networking and collaborating across actors
    • Oral communication skills
    • Chairing formal and informal multilateral meetings
    • Navigating unexpected and spontaneous opportunities
    • Optional pre-session reading materials are made available two weeks prior to the training, for background, context and introduction of key concepts

    Benefits

    This training course allows participants to acquire:

    • A deeper understanding of the functioning, rules and practice of the HRC
    • Key leadership skills in human rights negotiations, advocacy and lobbying
    • First-hand insights into HRC dynamics, in an informal and non-partisan environment
    • Strong knowledge of the various actors intervening in the HRC and its different mechanisms (e.g. commissions of inquiry, special procedures, universal periodical review)
    • Efficient communication skills and tools for use in the HRC context

    Lecturers

    Lecturers include Geneva Academy experts, renowned academic scholars, as well as senior professionals from international organizations, NGOs and governments.

    Methodology

    The course is composed of interactive lessons, using case studies of real situations in the HRC from the last three sessions. These help participants to acquire the required knowledge, take part in discussion forums and engage with practical examples and case studies. The various sessions are designed to address cross-cutting issues and build participant skills through simulation exercises, small group breakouts and role-playing.

    Throughout the course, participants interact with their peers, key HRC actors, as well as academics and experienced practitioners.

    Audience

    This training is designed for professionals who already have some experience with the Human Rights Council: diplomats and experts from diplomatic missions and foreign ministries; staff from international and regional organizations working in the field of human rights; employees of governmental and non-governmental organizations, journalists or representatives of National Human Rights Institutions.

    Requirements

    Participants are expected to have some introductory knowledge of human rights and/or be involved in human rights-related activities. Some basic preliminary reading may be provided in advance to ensure maximum learning.
    Demonstrable proficiency in English at the professional conversation level is expected (no formal documentation is necessary).

    Certification

    Participants who successfully complete the training course receive a certificate of participation from the Geneva Academy.


    How to register:

    Applications for this training must be submitted via the online form.


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 06 Jan 2017
    Starting date: 13 Jan 2017
    Ending date: 10 Feb 2017

    What is a refugee, a migrant or an internally displaced person? Who is entitled to protection under international law? What is the legal framework currently applicable to those fleeing states affected by armed conflicts like Syria, Libya, Iraq or Afghanistan? What are the related obligations of European states? This course analyzes the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law. It also analyzes the definition of refugee under both the 1951 Geneva Convention and the Common European Asylum System, the key principle of non-refoulement as well as asylum procedures. Particular attention is dedicated to the case law of State Parties to the 1951 Geneva Convention.

    Audience

    This course forms part of the Geneva Academy Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.

    Schedule

    • Friday 13 January, 15:30- 18:00
    • Friday 20 January, 15:30- 18:00
    • Friday 27 January, 15:30- 18:00
    • Friday 3 February, 15:30- 18:00
    • Friday 10 February, 15:30- 18:00

    Certificate

    Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).


    How to register:

    Applications for individual courses must be submitted via the online form.

    Your application will need to include:

    • An application letter, stating the specific course you are applying for and your motivation for participation
    • Your curriculum vitae
    • Copies of relevant degrees and diplomas
    • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
    • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area)

    Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 09 Feb 2017
    Starting date: 16 Feb 2017
    Ending date: 10 Mar 2017

    Descriptive

    What does international law say about terrorism and its repression? How do we investigate terrorist acts? What limits are imposed by international humanitarian law and human rights on the repression of terrorism? What is the human rights impact of the fight against terrorism? The course analyzes issues related to the fight against terrorism from a criminal law perspective, including the definition of the crime of terrorism, methods of investigation, procedural specificities and international cooperation. The relations between international, criminal law and other legal instruments, including their impact on human rights, are also discussed.

    Audience

    This course forms part of the Geneva Academy Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.

    Schedule

    • Thursday 16 February, 18:00-20:30
    • Friday 24 February, 18:15 - 20:45
    • Friday 3 March, 18:15 - 20:45
    • Thursday 9 March, 18:00-20:30
    • Friday 10 March, 18.15-20:45

    Certificate

    Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).


    How to register:

    Applications for individual courses must be submitted via the online form.

    Your application will need to include:

    • An application letter, stating the specific course you are applying for and your motivation for participation
    • Your curriculum vitae
    • Copies of relevant degrees and diplomas
    • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
    • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area)

    Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 05 Jan 2017
    Starting date: 12 Jan 2017
    Ending date: 09 Feb 2017

    Descriptive

    This course examines one of the main purpose of international humanitarian law (IHL), which is to mitigate human suffering caused by war. It enables a careful evaluation of the various IHL rules intended to help protect vulnerable persons, such as civilians and prisoners of war, as well as property during armed conflict. It also examines the issue of non-international armed conflict (NIAC) from a variety of perspectives. Following this course, participants will know who and what protected persons and goods are and which IHL rules can be used for their protection in international armed conflicts and NIAC.

    Audience

    This course forms part of the Geneva Academy Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.

    Schedule

    • Thursday 12 January, 18:00-20:30
    • Thursday 19 January, 18:00-20:30
    • Thursday 26 January, 18:00-20:30
    • Thursday 2 February, 18:00-20:30
    • Thursday 9 February, 18:00-20:30

    Certificate

    Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained)


    How to register:

    Applications for individual courses must be submitted via the online form.

    Your application will need to include:

    • An application letter, stating the specific course you are applying for and your motivation for participation
    • Your curriculum vitae
    • Copies of relevant degrees and diplomas
    • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
    • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area)

    Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 09 Mar 2017
    Starting date: 16 Mar 2017
    Ending date: 31 Mar 2017

    Descriptive

    This course focuses on the interplay between international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights law (HRL). It starts by examining the commonalities and differences between these two bodies of law, looking at their historical and philosophical origins as well as their different fields of application and monitoring bodies. Key issues such as the application of human rights in armed conflicts, the extraterritorial application of HRL and the different theories pertaining to the interplay between IHL and HRL, including in particular the lex specialis maxim, are addressed. Various rights and topics where the concrete interplay between IHL and HRL is particularly intricate, such as the right to life in armed conflicts – including the interplay between the conduct of hostilities and law enforcement paradigms – or detention in armed conflict situations, are discussed. Current challenges regarding the interplay between IHL and HRL in the context of occupation or in relation to drone strikes are also discussed.

    Audience

    This course forms part of the Geneva Academy Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations –who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.

    Schedule

    • Thursday 16 March, 18:00-20:30
    • Thursday 23 March, 18:00-20:30
    • Friday 24 March, 18:15-20:45
    • Thursday 30 March, 18:00-20:30
    • Friday 31 March, 15:30- 18:00

    Certificate

    Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).


    How to register:

    How to Apply

    Applications for individual courses must be submitted via the online form.

    Your application will need to include:

    • An application letter, stating the specific course you are applying for and your motivation for participation
    • Your curriculum vitae
    • Copies of relevant degrees and diplomas
    • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
    • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area)

    Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.


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    Country: Switzerland
    Organization: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
    Registration deadline: 27 Feb 2017
    Starting date: 01 Sep 2017
    Ending date: 01 Sep 2018

    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 Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (60 ECTS credits) provides an advanced conceptual understanding of these issues. It also offers practical insights and exposure to current challenges and situations of transitional justice.

    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 and internships in Geneva and beyond.

    Course Catelogue

    Module 1 - The Legal, Ethical and Conceptual Frameworks of Transitional Justice /

    Module 2 - Human Rights in Transitional Contexts /

    Module 3 - Institutional Reform and the Rule of Law /

    Module 4 - Transitional Justice, Development and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights /

    Module 5 - Criminal Justice and the Fight against Impunity


    How to register:

    You can apply for the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) via a straightforward, online form.

    Please read the information in this section carefully before starting an application, as it will help ensure a quick and smooth application process.

    Please visit our website for further information regarding the required documents and scholarship opportunities.


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