28 July 2020
Mohibullah Taib is an Afghan diplomat in charge of human rights at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan and the first diplomat of Afghanistan in Baku, Azerbaijan.
I chose this programme because it provides an outstanding opportunity to acquire a solid knowledge in public international law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and international refugee law while working in Geneva. I really need to learn more about these topics to perform better and carry out my responsibilities here in Geneva as well as throughout my career.
It does. The programme provides me with the essential knowledge to understand better the issues I am dealing with here, notably at the UN Human Rights Council, treaty bodies and much more. While the programme is still ongoing, I feel that I already gained a lot.
Geneva is a unique centre for human rights and humanitarian issues and it is clear for me that this programme offers a unique opportunity to learn about both international human rights law and IHL in the best practical and possible way in Geneva.
I enjoyed the interactive discussions almost in all courses and of course the level of professionalism shown by the professors.
As a person who works in the foreign service, the programme provides me with a good level of knowledge in very essential topics for my career. It will strengthen me to perform better and work with more self-confidence.
Yes of course! It’s one of the best academic programmes for professionals who want to continue learning simultaneously with responsibilities in his/her office.
Patricia Ötvös is a lawyer with over 15 years of experience as a litigator, legal counsel and human rights advisor. In this interview, she tells about the programme and what it brought to her career.
For the 2020-2021 academic year, 18 practitioners will follow the programme in Geneva and 26 online.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.