Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Institutional Reform


03/07/2018 09:00AM


05/04/2018 05:00PM

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1150 Swiss Francs


120B rue de Lausanne



What is the meaning of the ‘rule of law’ in the international arena? How can it be rebuilt in the aftermath of armed conflict or authoritarianism? What forms of institutional reform are required to restore the rule of law, and what measures can prevent the recurrence of lawless and arbitrary rule? How can previously abusive institutions, such as the police and the military, be reformed? What actions should be taken with respect to perpetrators? This course explores the international dimension of the rule of law and its promotion in transitional contexts, focusing on institutional reform and guarantees of non-recurrence. The course also looks at the role of the international community and civil society in rule of law reform.


Courses take place on:

   Wednesday 7 March, 10:00-12:00

   Thursday 8 March, 10:00-13:00

   Friday 9 March, 10:00-12:00

   Wednesday 2 May, 10:00-13:00

   Thursday 3 May, 10:00-13:00

   Friday 4 May, 10:00-13:00


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

Who should attend

This course forms part of the Geneva Academy Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ). It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the MTJ and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.

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RSVP Details

Applications for this short course must be submitted via the online form. If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us.

Your application will need to include:

  • A short motivation letter (no more than one page)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • 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.