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




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18'000 Swiss Francs


120B rue de Lausanne


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) 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 research internships in Geneva and beyond.

Who should attend

Candidates must have:

  • A degree in law or an equivalent degree in a field relevant to transitional justice, such as international relations, political science, philosophy, sociology, anthropology or history
  • A solid academic record
  • A demonstrable interest in transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law (professional experience, internships, summer schools, conferences attended, publications, etc.)
  • A sound command of English. You must be able to show, via a recognized test, that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at the Geneva Academy. This requirement does not apply if (1) your mother tongue is English; (2) you have taken an English-taught bachelor’s or master’s degree; (3) you have at least two years’ professional or academic experience in an English-speaking environment

A Comprehensive Assessment

Each application is considered in its entirety, including transcripts, extracurricular and voluntary activities, work experience, personal background, letters of recommendation, personal statement and language skills.

In considering each individual, the Admissions Committee seeks not only to identify characteristics that are important to academic success in the programme, but also other qualities that promote diversity and excellence in the student body.

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A straightforward Online Application

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. If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us.

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

Two Application Tracks

There are two tracks through which you can apply:

Please note that you must choose one track or the other. If you apply through both, your application will be considered under the non-scholarship track. Successful applicants who applied without requesting a scholarship cannot subsequently be considered for a scholarship.

Four Simple Steps

The online application is divided into the following four steps:

  1. Decide whether apply (1) without scholarship, (2) with full scholarship or (3) with partial scholarship
  2. Complete the application form
  3. Attach the required documents
  4. Submit your application

Retrieving your Information

If you do not complete your application form in one go you have the following two options:

  1. A cookie will allow you to retrieve all the information you have provided, only if (1) you work from the same computer; (2) you haven’t refused the use of cookies when accessing the Geneva Academy website for the first time; (3) you haven’t refused cookies by adjusting the settings of your web browser.
  2. You can copy and paste or bookmark the URL found at the bottom of the online application form. When you paste this URL into your web browser you will retrieve all the information you have entered on the form, even if you are working from a different computer.


The information you provide in the application form will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be used by the Admissions Committee and scholarship donors.

Required Documents

All the documents required are specified in the online application form and have to be attached to your online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please do not send original documents, as all submitted materials become the property of the Geneva Academy 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 transcripts to Geneva if you submit non-certified copies with your application.

The documents you have to provide with your application are:

  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement explaining your interest in the programme (1–3 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation – no specific format is required
  • Certified copies of relevant degrees and diplomas (with an officially certified translation when not in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish) – if copies are not certified, you will need to present the original documents upon your arrival in Geneva
  • Certified copies of official records of university examinations taken and grades obtained (with an officially certified translation when not in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish) – if copies are not certified, you will need to present the original documents upon your arrival in Geneva
  • If you are currently enrolled in a university programme, an attestation by the relevant university of your current enrollment with an official record of the latest university examinations taken and grades obtained
  • Language tests – TOEF IELTS, DALF – or verification of language skills (the Geneva Academy does not have an attributed code; please do not use the University of Geneva code, nor the Graduate Institute code)
  • A copy of your passport

If you apply for a scholarship (partial or full), you will also have to provide the following documents:

  • Proof of your current income (e.g. salary statement, bank statement, tax declaration, employer’s letter) – if such proof is not available, please explain why
  • Proof of your family’s financial situation (e.g. salary statement, bank statement) – if such proof is not available, please explain why
  • Proof, if applicable, of any financial support you currently receive (e.g. letter from parents, sponsors, scholarship donor)