Capstone Colloquium

LL.M. students complete their year with a Capstone Colloquium, where students present summaries of their theses, reflect upon the year's studies and engage in discussions with legal practitioners and scholars. Guest speakers usually remain for lunch and/or dinner, offering students a unique opportunity to discuss substantive and career issues with knowledgeable international legal experts from a variety of backgrounds and institutions.

The first five Capstone Colloquia included the following speakers:

  • H.E. Joyce Aluoch, Judge, International Criminal Court
  • Cecile Aptel, Senior Legal Policy Adviser, UN OHCHR
  • Gian Luca Burci, Legal Counsel, World Health Organization
  • Andrew Clapham, Director, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International Studies
  • Hon. Robert Cordy, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Alice Edwards, Chief, Protection Policy and Legal Advice, Division of International Protection, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • David Harland, Executive Director, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
  • Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization
  • Edward Kwakwa, Legal Counsel, World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Rafael Lima, Consultant for the Office of the Vice President for Countries, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Gabrielle Marceau, Counsellor in the Cabinet of the Director-General, World Trade Organization
  • Ambassador Wayne McCook, Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations in Geneva
  • Kingsley Moghalu, Partner, Sogato Strategies; Executive Director, Swiss-Africa Business Roundtable
  • Sean Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, Member of the U.N. International Law Commission for 2012-17
  • Michael O'Boyle, Deputy Registrar, European Court of Human Rights
  • Peter Olson, Legal Adviser to the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large of War Crimes Issues
  • Mona Rishmawi, Legal Advisor to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and Director of the Rule of Law and Democracy Unit
  • Jacqueline Ronconi, Legal Counsel, Richemont International
  • Cornelia Schneider, Rule of Law Advisor, European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan
  • Garth Schofield, Assistant Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Int'l Arbitration
  • H.E. Bruno Simma, former Judge, International Court of Justice
  • Serge Sur, Professor of International Law and International Relations, University Pantheon-Assas (Paris 2)
  • Olivia Swaak-Goldman, International Cooperation Advisor, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
  • Chibole Wakoli, Junior Legal Affairs Officer, World Trade Organization
  • Luzius Wildhaber, President of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Jamie Williamson, Legal Advisor, Advisory Services on International Humanitarian Law, ICRC