MAS Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law 2018


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September 2018 - August 2019
60 ECTS credits
264 Teaching hours









31 January 2018 (applications with scholarship request) / 6 May 2018 (applications without scholarship request). Late applicants might be considered


CHF 18'000.-


  • Provide 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


Highly qualified and open-minded candidates
Candidates must hold a degree in law or an equivalent degree in a field relevant to transitional justice
Professional experience in a field related to the programme (professional experience, internship, summer school, participation in conferences, publications, etc.)


Full-time programme:

  • Compulsory courses divided in five modules that cover central theoretical and practical issues in the fields of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law
  • A combination of clinical work, optional courses, internships with leading actors in the field of transitional justice, participation in a moot court and Transitional Justice Cafés
  • A Spring School
  • A study trip
  • A Master’s Paper


Prof. Frank HALDEMANN and Thomas UNGER, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IHEID), Geneva


Dany DIOGO, Geneva Academy

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID
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 widescale 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.

Pedagogical method

  • Courses on theoretical and practical frameworks relevant to transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law
  • Writing of a master’s paper
  • Internships with leading organizations
  • Clinical work

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