LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (2023)

LocationGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
CategoryLaw

This one-year full-time postgraduate degree is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights offered in Europe today.

  • Provide advanced, comprehensive and practical training in IHL, international human rights law (IHRL) and international criminal law, as well as the interplay between them
  • Provide a solid exposure to practical work via internships with leading actors and participation in moot courts and public pleadings

Law school graduate with a solid academic record:
Candidate must hold a full degree in law or have a significant amount of training in public international law and courses related to the programme (e[.]g. IHL, IHRL and international criminal law)
Professional experience in a field related to the programme is preferable

LLM Presentation 

The programme is structured around the following seven components:

  • Core courses
  • Optional courses
  • Internships
  • Moot Courts
  • Military Briefings
  • LL[.]M Paper
  • Study Trip

Director(s)

Prof. Gloria GAGGIOLI, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva and Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

This one-year postgraduate degree course provides advanced, comprehensive and practical training in international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL), as well as the interplay between them. Students gain access to a world-renowned faculty, benefit from direct connections with leading actors in the field like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and share ideas with other participants from an array of different legal backgrounds and perspectives. The programme allows students to tailor their studies according to their particular interests. Core courses provide a firm grounding in public international law, IHL, IHRL, international refugee law and international criminal law. Optional courses allow students to deepen their expertise in a particular issue such as the protection of children in armed conflict and post-conflict, counter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, transitional justice, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities or the work of international courts and tribunals.

  • Core courses
  • Optional courses
  • Writing of a paper
  • Internships with leading Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights organizations
  • Moot courts

Candidates must have:

  • A full degree in law (received by June at the latest) enabling the applicant to sit the bar exam in the relevant country; or another degree if the applicant has a significant amount of training in public international law and courses related to our programme (e[.]g. international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law)
  • A strong academic record
  • A demonstrable interest in the subject matter of the programme (e[.]g. professional experience, internships, summer school, conferences attended, publications, etc.)
  • A sound command of English. You must be able to show, via a  recognized test , that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at the Geneva Academy. This requirement does not apply if (1) your mother tongue is English; (2) you have taken an English-taught bachelor’s or master’s degree; (3) you have at least two years’ professional or academic experience in an English-speaking environment

  • A passive knowledge of French is an asset as students might have to attend conferences and class presentations in French

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