MAS Executive Master - International Law in Armed Conflict 2019

One of the few part-time and intellectually challenging programmes in the law of armed conflict. Designed for professionals with demanding jobs, it provides strong theoretical and practical knowledge and responds to the growing need for specialists to address complex humanitarian challenges.



October 2019 - October 2021
60 ECTS credits
370 Teaching hours
Part-time programme. Presence in Geneva required from October until June during the first year.






Geneva Academy

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Registration deadline

23 September 2019


  • CHF 18'000.-
  • CHF 1'150.- (short courses)



  • Acquire specialized knowledge concerning the legal framework applicable to armed conflict 
  • Develop analytical tools and improve expertise in international law


Diplomat, lawyer, legal adviser, judge, NGO staff, human rights advocate, media specialist, professional working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations


The programme is structured around 4 modules:

  • Public International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Human Rights Law (including International Refugee Law)
  • International Criminal Law

Master Thesis


Professor Marco SASSÒLI, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva


Dany DIOGO, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID
Specifically designed for professionals with demanding jobs and responsibilities employed – or aspiring to work – in the humanitarian and HR fields, it provides strong theoretical and practical knowledge and responds to the growing need for specialists to address complex humanitarian issues and challenges – in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere – and challenging processes such as criminal proceedings, international negotiations and humanitarian interventions. Taught by world-renowned law experts and professors, the programme enables participants to gain specialized knowledge directly applicable to professional work. Professionals who are not enrolled in the Executive Master can take short courses to deepen their expertise in a specific issue.

Pedagogical method

  • Nine months (October to June) and the writing of a master’s thesis
  • World-renowned faculty
  • Conferences, workshops and seminars with leading experts

New features:

  • A specific training on leading in the UN Human Rights Council
  • Possibility of E-Learning for two to three candidates in the field

Admission criteria

Candidates must have:

  • Work experience in a relevant field
  • bachelor's degree
  • Proficiency in English: candidates whose mother tongue is not English must provide a certificate to prove their knowledge of English or a statement highlighting their solid background in English
  • valid visa or residence permit (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area)

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