Coronavirus: Information for our Community and Visitors

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4 May 2020

This page will be regularly updated as the situation evolves. Last update: 4 May 2020

The safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority. We are monitoring the situation closely and follow the recommendations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) as well as the State of Geneva, in coordination with and implementing the measures decided by our two parent institutions – the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Access to our Premises

From Wednesday 18 March in the morning and until further notice, the Villa Moynier will be closed to the public. All staff will work from home and can be reached by email. Please note that we will not answer the phone anymore during this period.

The Graduate Institute’s and University of Geneva’s premises will also be closed to the public. You can refer to the websites of both institutions for further information.

Implications for Current Students: Online Courses

As of 13 March and until further notice, all the courses and tutorials of our three master’s programmes – LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, and Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict – will be offered exclusively online. We also prepare for the possibility that exams can be passed online.

The Student Office opening hours have been suspended. Students can contact the staff in the student office either by email.

Implications for Upcoming Students: 2020–2021 Academic Year

We continue to prepare for the 2020-2021 academic year as planned and look forward to welcome new students enrolled in our three programmes.

In the very unlikely event that we cannot teach face-to-face at the beginning of the new academic year, students will have the choice to either withdraw from the programme with full reimbursement or to start the programme remotely via our online platform until we can resume in-class teaching.

Implications for our Upcoming Training Courses

Our two training courses on the rights of peasants and on the protection of human rights and the environment have been postponed to the second half of the year: 23–27 November 2020 for the training course on the protection of human rights and the environment and 7–11 December 2020 for the training course on the rights of peasants.

Our training courses on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and the Sustainable Development Goals (7–11 September 2020) and on the Universal Periodic Review and the human rights system (2–6 November 2020) will take place as planned.

However, In the unlikely event that some participants cannot come to Geneva for the training course, they will be able to follow the course online, including the sessions taking place at the United Nations.

The online training course on ESCR in French (12 October–29 November) will take place as planned.

Implications for our Public Events

All our public events, meaning events open to the external public, are cancelled as of 13 March and until further notice.

Several events are taking place online, including the Right On series every Wednesday at 15:00.