The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict
The programme is structured around four modules that provide a solid theoretical and practical knowledge of the law that applies to armed conflicts. Modules are complemented by a five-day intensive extracurricular seminar, Leading in the Human Rights Council, and the writing of a master’s thesis.
Module 1: Public International Law
This module comprises courses on the sources and subjects of public international law, sanctions in public international law, and the rules that govern the use of force in international law and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’.
Module 2: International Humanitarian Law
This module comprises courses on the basic principles of international humanitarian law (IHL), the protection of persons and property in international armed conflict, the classification of armed conflicts and the law of non-international armed conflicts.
Module 3: International Human Rights Law
This module comprises courses on international refugee law, the interplay between IHL and human rights and peacebuilding in post-conflict situations.
Module 4: International Criminal Law
This module comprises courses on international criminal law and the International Criminal Court and tribunals.
Extracurricular Course: Optimizing the Human Rights Council
This extracurricular course, ahead of the main session of the Human Rights Council, allows participants to develop their network and acquire the necessary skills to lead and perform effectively in this major forum for human rights diplomacy.
One of the core outputs of the Executive Master is a master’s thesis written under the guidance of a faculty member. Participants are not required to remain on campus or in Geneva to write their thesis.
A straightforward Online Application
Please read the information in this section carefully before starting an application, as it will help ensure a quick and smooth application process.
Three Simple Steps
The online application is divided into the following three steps:
- Complete the application form
- Attach the required documents
- Submit your application
Retrieving your Information
If you do not complete your application form in one go you have the following two options:
- You can copy and paste or bookmark the URL found at the bottom of the online application form. When you paste this URL into your web browser you will retrieve all the information you have entered on the form, even if you are working from a different computer.
The information you provide in the application form will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be used by the Admissions Committee.
All the documents required are specified in the online application form and have to be attached to your online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The documents you have to provide with your application are:
- An application letter in English (no longer than two pages)
- Your curriculum vitae in English
- Proof of competence in English
- A copy of your passeport
- A valid copy of your visa or residence permit (only candidates who need a visa to enter the Schengen area)
Please do not send original documents, as all submitted materials become the property of the Geneva Academy upon receipt. Documents cannot be returned to the applicant nor forwarded to other schools or agencies.