The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict (60 ECTS credits, equivalent to an LL.M.) is a part-time programme designed for working professionals who want to gain a thorough understanding of the international law that applies to situations of armed conflict.
Based in Geneva, the programme runs over nine months (October 2016 – June 2017)and admits 15 to 20 practitioners annually.Courses take place on Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons. Six to nine additional months are needed to complete a Master’s thesis and defend it before a jury.
The Executive Master responds to the growing need for specialists in the laws of war to address complex situations - Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere - and challenging processes such as criminal proceedings, international negotiations, and humanitarian interventions. It also examines key related subjects, including the work of international criminal courts and tribunals, international refugee law, peacekeeping, and the repression of terrorism.
A global humanitarian and human rights hub, Geneva is the ideal location for this unique programme, which enables students to interact with key actors such as the ICRC, OHCHR and UNHCR.
Diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizationsshare their expertise, discuss pressing concerns of the international community, and reflect on the application of international law to them.
The Executive Master is taught by an international faculty of renowned professors and practitioners.
Working professionals interested in a particular issue can follow a specific course and obtain a certificate.
The main requirements to apply for our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict are:
- Work experience in a relevant field
- A Bachelor's degree
- Proficiency in English
- A valid copy of visa or resident permit. (Only for candidates which nationalities require a visa to enter the Schengen Area)
Tuition Fees for the Master amount to 15,000 Swiss Francs in total.
Executive Master students must submit a non-refundable deposit of CHF 3'000 within one month of receipt of their admission letter in order to secure their place in the programme.
Tuition is payable in three instalments (CHF 3’000, CHF 6’000 and CHF 6’000), due no later than 1 October 2016, 1 December 2016 and 15 January 2017 respectively. Payment details will be communicated with the admission letter.
A 10% discount (13,500 CHF) is offered to participants who pay tuition in full before 1 October 2016.
Tuition fees cover teaching costs, teaching materials, as well as the use of the libraries of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and of the University of Geneva. Tuition fees do not cover travel or accommodation expenses in Geneva.