Antonio Cassese Summer School

The challenge of dealing with the aftermath of violent conflict continues to trouble countries throughout the world. In responding to that challenge, the ever-expanding field of transitional justice proposes a range of practical measures – including criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations programmes and institutional reform – to potentially assist societies emerging from armed conflict.

The 2014 Antonio Cassese Summer School offers comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and practical application of these measures and practices. Based on both scholarly and practitioner expertise across a range of areas (including human rights, international criminal law, security reform, legal philosophy, gender politics) and country situations, the programme combines a general course on transitional justice with complementary topic-specific lectures.

The general course will be delivered by leading transitional justice scholar Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Professor of Law at the University of California. The complementary thematic lectures will be provided by a range of experts from both theory and practice working in specific areas related to transitional justice (see faculty profile page).


Organisers The Summer School is organised by the Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity. Based at the Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, this initiative was established on 23 April 2012 to continue the legacy of Antonio Cassese, one of the leading and most influential international lawyers of our time. The mandate of the Cassese Initiative is to promote global education, learning and training in areas to which Antonio Cassese dedicated his professional life, including human rights and transitional justice.



Teaching method

The Summer School aims at a dynamic combination of theoretical, in-depth lectures with practical, ‘real-world’ skill trainings. The course is intended to be interactive, with teachers and participants establishing a constructive working dialogue. Location The Summer School will take place at the historical Villa Moynier, home to the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (joint Centre of the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva). The Villa is located in the Mon Repos Park on the shores of Lake Geneva, in the heart of International Geneva (see map).

Application procedure

The admission to the programme is selective and places limited. Applications must include: a personal statement (explaining the applicant’s interest in the course; maximum one page) the applicant’s CV Please send your application to The application deadline is 29 May 2014.

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