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The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict

from Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Registration deadline: 04 Mar 2019 Training date: 04 Mar 2019 to 23 Sep 2019 More Information

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.

Master’s Thesis

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.

Fee information:
The tuition fee for the Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict is 18,000 Swiss Francs. To confirm their admission, students must pay a non-refundable deposit of 3,000 Swiss Francs within a month of receiving an offer. The remaining balance is payable in three equal instalments of 5,000 Swiss Francs, due no later than 1 February, 1 June and 1 September respectively. Details of how to pay will be included in the admission letter.
How to register:

A straightforward Online Application

You can apply for the Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict via a straightforward, online form.
If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us.

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:

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Attach the required documents
  3. Submit your application

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Required documents

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.