Studying International and Comparative Law at the European Seat of the United Nations: CTL at the University of Geneva


The Law Faculty of the University of Geneva, in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies IHEID, offers students who have successfully completed two years of legal studies the possibility to earn a Certificate in Transnational Law.

What is the Certificate in Transnational Law (CTL)?

The CTL is a one- or two-semester programme (30 ECTS) that provides students with a chance to specialise, early in their career, in international legal affairs. The extensive course offerings allow students to tailor their studies according to their particular interests, be it public or private international law. These courses are also taken by the regular law students at the university which helps incoming students feel instantly part of the faculty’s student body. The University of Geneva has a long-standing reputation in international law and is one of the top universities worldwide in this field. All courses in the CTL program are taught by leading specialists experienced in the practice of international law (public or private). CTL students are required to take a course on comparative methodology and to choose four optional courses among a long list of courses taught in English (from autumn 2014 onwards) or French. It is possible to complete the whole programme in either English or French, or to combine courses taught in English and French.

Why Geneva?

Geneva is the home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, it is the world capital of human rights law, one of the most important centers of international policy-making, and a major hub for international arbitration. It is the perfect place to study international law in an inspiring environment with professors and students from diverse legal backgrounds. For many of its alumni, the CTL programme has proven an excellent opportunity to launch an international career.