JD students finish international experience in Geneva

Our 25 Melbourne JD students have ended their two intensive weeks in Geneva, studying Institutions in International Law with Professors Bruce Oswald CSC and Tania Voon.

JD Students visit the United Nations in Geneva. Image: supplied.

Last week, the class visited Sidley Austin LLP, the United Nations headquarters, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, where Director-General Francis Gurry met with Melbourne Law School students for the 11th year in a row! The class also met with Sir Michael Wood, member of the International Law Commission (ILC), and were fortunate to be able to observe an ILC session addressing jus cogens (non-derogable norms of international law). Students continued to engage closely with representatives of the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations on various legal and policy issues and also discussed international investment law in the Palais des Nations with a representative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

A picnic by the lake in Geneva. Image: supplied.

A highlight of the week was an extended simulated negotiation created and conducted by Prof Oswald CSC, an exceptional opportunity for experiential learning that built on conversations developed during the two weeks.

The week ended with a boat trip to Yvoire in France, allowing personal reflections on the course and substantive discussions of research essays that the students will now complete as the core component of their assessment in this JD elective subject.

See more photos from Geneva here and stay tuned for updates as Global Lawyer starts in the US this week!

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