Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
As part of the curriculum, our LLM students can participate in the prestigious Jean-Pictet Competition on international humanitarian law (IHL).
The Jean-Pictet Competition is recognized as the leading IHL competition and one of the most innovative training programmes for students in public international law. This week-long event tests students on their knowledge of and ability to implement IHL, as well as other branches of international law, through role-playing exercises based on a hypothetical armed conflict scenario. The dynamic structure of the Competition encourages participants to consider IHL issues from various perspectives, while allowing the jury to evaluate each team's theoretical knowledge, practical understanding and presentation style.
Three students can participate in this leading moot court following a competitive selection process carried out by a Geneva Academy jury. For selected students, participation replaces two optional courses and can be validated for 6 ECTS.
In 2016 the Geneva Academy team won this prominent IHL moot for the first time.
As part of the IHL course, LLM students participate in two public pleadings on specific conflict situations like the Gaza conflict in summer 2014 or the 2008 South Ossetian conflict.
Teams are assigned specific roles and plead, in front of a jury, on concrete issues related to the conflict. These include: classification of conflict and applicable law; classification of territory and persons; killing and destruction of property; use of weapons and precautionary measures during ground and air offensives; targeting of persons; detention of prisoners by armed forces and armed groups.
In the framework of our LLM and the course on IHL given by our Director Professor Marco Sassòli, students pleaded online on 17 May for Russia and Georgia arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.
In the framework of the IHL course of our LLM in IHL and Human Rights, students pleaded online during the entire day of 25 April for Israel and for Palestine arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.
During one week, Berta Fernández Rosón, Melina Fidelis Tzourou and Yulia Mogutova – currently enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights – represented the Geneva Academy at the 34th edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition that took place in Denpasar, Indonesia. They reached the finals of the competition.
The Jean-Pictet experience encouraged me to learn the detail of IHL practice; of the policies and practices of key IHL actors and the debates surrounding contemporary IHL issues. We were well supported during the whole experience and I’ve made some lifelong friends.