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Geneva One Year On: Not Quite As Scary Anymore

June 17, 2012

Although from this blog it likely seems Colombia was my first foray into international law, that isn’t actually the case. My first step into the world of international law was following the LL.M. programme at the ADH Academy in Geneva, Switzerland.

Last week I had the opportunity to travel back to Geneva to visit with (most of) my ADH family and finally obtain our LL.M.s! Those of you who supported me through my LL.M know that it`s not without some irony that I call the chance to return to Geneva an `opportunity`. However,  one year on – Geneva was not quite as scary anymore.

Although I knew how important it was for me to attend this graduation after the amount of work we put into the degree, my return was also an unexpected chance to make peace with the city. I was able to wander around and see some tourist sites and appreciate the beauty of the city and surprisingly, it felt a bit like coming home. Most of all, it was a chance for one more weekend together with my ADH family.  I think I had underestimated the strength of the bonds we made there when we were all fleeing the city as fast as possible or hiding as we finished our theses; reconnecting with friends and our professors was without a doubt the highlight of the weekend.

Felicitations/Congrats to the ADH Class of 2010-11!

ADH Class of 2010-11. Photo Courtesy of ADH Academy.


Receiving my LL.M. Degree from our Director, Professor Paola Gaeta.

Post Masters ceremony with my Thesis Advisor, the esteemed Professor Louise Doswald-Beck and my friend and thesis-writing buddy, Helena Sunnegardh.

Dinner at Chez Ma Cousine with Lena, Cesar, and Diego.

With Claire, Lena, and Marion at my favourite Creperie in the Vielle Ville, Geneva.

With Marion, Claire, Marie-Astrid and Jenny before the ceremony.

Me posing as a tourist in the Vielle Ville, Geneva.

Vielle Ville, Geneve.

Parting shot, Lac Leman, Geneva.

Please stay tuned for my upcoming blog post “Surprise! I’m in Ethiopia”.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Helena permalink
    June 17, 2012 6:10 am

    Yay, we made it! It was so wonderful to see you again. I hope our paths will cross soon again and that you’re enjoying Ethiopia. bisous

  2. Annie permalink
    June 17, 2012 8:15 pm

    Congratulations again Allison!! Big accomplishment, very proud of you 🙂 Hugs to you in Ethiopia!

  3. Louise permalink
    June 18, 2012 9:56 am

    Allison, congratuations from some of your CISV friends in Mississauga! Way to go!


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