Courses & Professors




***The welcome session for new CDT/CTL students will take place on Monday 19th September from 2:15 pm to 4 pm at room M S150 at Uni Mail***


The CTL (30 ECTS) can be completed in one or two semesters. Students take one required course (6 ECTS) and four optional courses (6 ECTS each). 

Required Course 

Autumn Semester 2022/2023

Spring Semester 2023

Students may choose to take two of these courses on comparative methodology, but must indicate on the exam registration form which they take as the "required course" for the CTL.


Optional Courses

Year-long Course

Autumn Semester 2022/2023

Courses in English

Courses in French

Spring Semester 2023

Courses in English

Courses in French

 *Courses indicated with an asterisk are only available to students arriving from other Swiss or foreign universities.


Seminars, Moot Courts

Students arriving from other Swiss or foreign universities may opt to replace two optional modules with a seminar (12 ECTS credits). Anyone wishing to participate in a seminar is required to notify the Student Secretariat (Office 3093) as soon as possible. Acceptance of CTL students is subject to availability; students doing their Master at UNIGE are prioritised. Information regarding the availability can be sought at the Student Secretariat.

Please note that the planning for seminars, competitions and moot courts will be determined by the professors once the registrations have been completed.


Year-long Moot Courts

Autumn Semester 2022/23

Spring Semester 2023


Courses at the Graduate Institute**

+++ Please note: Information on how to sign up to courses at the Graduate Institute will be shared during the CDT/CTL welcome session at the start of the semester +++

Two of the optional courses may be completed through cross-registration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). CTL students are exceptionally admitted to courses at the Graduate Institute after a minimum of two years of studies. Eligible courses (6 ECTS each) may include:

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Autumn Semester 2021

  • Climate Change and International Law, Anne Saab 
  • Compliance with International Law: Theories and Mechanisms, Fuad Zarbiyev 
  • The Foundations of International Law, Marcelo Kohen***
  • International Law in the 21st Century, Paola Gaeta  
  • International Trade Law, Jan Bohanes 
  • Law of the Sea: Current Challenges, Zachary Douglas  
  • Law without the State, Thomas Schultz 
  • Research Seminar on the International Law of Energy, Jorge E. Viñuales  
  • Territorial disputes in international Law/Conflits territoriaux en droit international, Marcelo Kohen ***
  • TradeLab International Economic Law Clinic, Scott Andersen & Colette van der Ven

Spring Semester 2022

  • Génocide et responsabilité internationale, Paola Gaeta 
  • Global Health Law, Gian Luca Burci
  • Global South and International Law, Sundhya Pahuja
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Agriculture, Anne Saab  
  • International Intellectual Property Law: Current Issues, Edward Kwakwa 
  • International Investment Law, Dolores Bentolila, Nathalie Bernasconi & Michele Potesta 
  • International Law through cases, Marcelo Kohen ***
  • Internet, Technology & International Law, Thomas Schultz
  • Law of the Sea Clinic, Zachary Douglas 
  • Theory and Practice of Treaty Interpretation, Andrea Bianchi and Fuad Zarbiyev 
  • The Trade of International Lawyer: Anatomy of a Profession, Fuad Zarbiyev 
  • Transnational Law, Nico Krisch

 **Admission subject to the case-by-case approval of the course organiser.

 ***Number of CDT/CTL students limited. Please contact Natalia Henczel (natalia.henczel(at) or Nina Haug (nina.haug(at)


Courses taught in French

CTL students are free to choose up to two courses taught in French. Students who take a majority of courses in French earn the Certificat de Droit Transnational (CDT) instead of the CTL.