Courses & Professors




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 2023/2024


Spring Semester 2024


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


Autumn Semester 2023/2024

Courses in English

Courses in French


Spring Semester 2024

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 2023/24


Spring Semester 2024


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:


Autumn semester 2023

  • Climate Change and International Law, Anne Saab

  • Compliance with International Law: Theories and Mechanisms, Fuad Zarbiyev

  • Corporate Accountability Law, Nico Krisch

  • Forced Migration and International Law, Vincent Chetail

  • Génocide et responsabilité internationale, Paola Gaeta 

  • International Criminal Law, Paola Gaeta 

  • International Environmental Law, Anne Saab

  • International Organisations Law, Nico Krisch

  • International Tax Law & Policy, Alice Pirlot

  • International Trade Law, Joost Pauwelyn

  • Law without the State, Thomas Schultz

  • Regulating the Internet, Neha Mishra

  • Research Seminar on International Law Theories, Andrea Bianchi***

  • TradeLab International Economic Law & Development Clinic, Scott Andersen & Colette van der Ven** (enrolment no longer possible)


Spring semester 2023

  • Africa and Disputed Topics in Public International Law, Phoebe Okowa

  • Climate Change Litigation, Anne Saab 

  • Diplomatic and Consular Law, Daryna Abbakumova

  • Global Health Law, Gian Luca Burci

  • Global South Perspectives to International Law, Eslava Luis

  • International Intellectual Property Law: Current Issues, Edward Kwakwa

  • International Investment Law, Dolores Bentolila, Nathalie Bernasconi & Michele Potesta

  • Legal Issues in International Organizations Clinic, Nico Krisch & Gian Luca Burci**

  • Seminar on Human Rights and Political Justice, Maria Neus Torbisco Casals

  • The Theory and Practice of Treaty Interpretation, Andrea Bianchi***

  •  The Trade of International Lawyer: Anatomy of a Profession, Fuad Zarbiyev 

  • The Urban in International Law and Governance, Janne Nijman

 **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)

****All CDT/CTL courses are worth 6 ECTS, even those which are worth 3 or 9 ECTS at the Graduate Institute.


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.