MAS European and International Governance 2018



27 September 2018 - 30 June 2019
60 ECTS credits






Philipp HAHN
+41 (0)22 379 85 35




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Modules can be followed individually
On a rolling basis


CHF 25'000.-


  • Provide a deep understanding of the political, economic, social and legal aspects of European and International Governance
  • Acquire extended knowledge on the functioning of the United Nations, the European Union institutions and the specialised organisations based in Geneva
  • Develop competencies to take over executive functions in national or international careers dealing with global issues


Graduate and professional with different background working or wishing to work in national and European administrations, international and non-governmental organisations, associations and foundations dealing with international affairs, including diplomatic or civil servant of ministries such as Foreign Affairs, Trade,
Economy, Finance, Agriculture, Justice and Home affairs


Principal themes:

  • Concepts of European and International Governance
  • Architecture of the United Nations System, Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation
  • The European Union and its Role in International Affairs
  • Skills for an International or a National Career dealing with Global Issues
  • Human Rights and Migration
  • Maintenance and Promotion of International Peace and Security
  • International Trade
  • Health and Environment
  • The 2030 Agenda and other Key Plans of Action


Prof. Christine KADDOUS, Centre for European Legal Studies (CEJE), Faculty of Law and Prof. Nicolas LEVRAT, Faculty of Law and Global Studies Institute,
University of Geneva


Philipp HAHN, University of Geneva


In cooperation with the United Nations office at Geneva



The most ambitious system of regional governance ever attempted, the European Union is at the heart of this module. The participants are offered an in depth analysis of the construction of the European Union, its functioning, the role of the institutions and of the Member States. Participants will examine the main European Union policies as well as the different powers, interest groups and policy networks that define European governance. This module also explores the increasingly important role of the European Union on the world stage. It examines essential elements and factors that founded the cooperation developed between the European Union and main international organizations based in Geneva, such as the United Nations (UN), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) (the relationship with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is dealt with in Module VI). At the end of this module a study visit of the European Union Institutions in Brussels will allow students to gain an inside and hands-on understanding of European governance.


In an increasingly globalized world where the importance of multilateral dialogues and cooperation is ever growing, the United Nations remains a central forum for progressing ideas and a platform for action. In the course of the module students will attend lectures and practical workshops as well as participate in study visits aimed at providing a deep understanding of the functioning of the United Nations System and explaining the creation, structure, mandate, governance and decision-making process of its main bodies and organizations. Students will learn more about the main decision makers in Geneva and will have a unique opportunity to meet practitioners from the major institutions, enabling them to strengthen their knowledge of the intergovernmental machinery of the UN System and other international organizations.


This module will help participants significantly improve their negotiation, crisis management, leadership, public speaking, report writing and other skills that are indispensable for a successful career at the national or international level. After a series of intensive and highly interactive workshops, participants will emerge confident to conduct complex negotiations, enhance their leadership qualities, improve aptitudes of recording and summarizing results of conferences and meetings as well as develop their public speaking, crisis management and diplomatic skills.


This module underlines the importance of European and International Human Rights protection in contemporary global politics. Participants will be introduced to the key concepts and mechanisms of human rights allowing them to analyze and evaluate the impact of human rights protection on global policies and international relations. They will examine the differences in human rights protection at European and international level. A specific emphasis on the work of the Human Rights Council and the Human Rights High Commissioner, both based in Geneva, will be provided.

Participants will also gain skills to understand the interplay between human rights and migration, a particularly relevant topic of our times. The module examines the enhanced need for protection of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the context of European and international governance. The cooperation developed in that field within the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migrations (IOM), both based in Geneva, is of first importance.



Seventy years after the creation of the United Nations and 25 years after the end of the Cold War, conflicts have evolved in their form and the type of actors involved. They are linked to new challenges such as energy, finance, pandemics, environmental disasters, and armed conflicts.

The module seeks to assist participants in navigating the structure of the United Nation’s work in tackling current peace and security challenges by providing students with an overview of recent and current global events and how the United Nations addressed them. Participants will acquire understanding of the current international situation that creates considerable challenges for governments in mobilizing effectively and rapidly their human and financial resources to promote peace and security. Special attention will be paid in this module to the role of the European Union as a global actor in peace and security matters.


The multilateral trade regime is at the heart of this module. Participants will gain a deep knowledge of the main topics and challenges which are at stake at the international level. The module will also tackle the increasing tension between bilateralism and multilateralism in trade issues. This field of international governance concerns a number of international organizations based in Geneva. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is, of course, the key actor in this field. However, other aspects related to international trade are also dealt within this module in relation to the activities carried out by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), or the World Health Organisation (WHO). The interaction between these international organizations will be studied in order to determine which are the most important actors that states or non-state actors deal with when it comes to international trade. The European Union and its common commercial policy demonstrate engagement on the international scene in all aspects of trade policy, including the most recent developments in the field of investments and intellectual property rights related to trade issues.


This module focuses on environment and health policies as they relate to each other. The first part of the module covers a wide range of environmental issues at European and international levels, such as climate change, air quality, water and nature conservation. Participants will gain a deep knowledge of the essential elements of environmental protection, covering also the most important multilateral environment agreements. They will develop a good understanding of justice and sustainability as central principles in environmental health.

As health issues are becoming increasingly important at a global level, the module explores the actors that shape health policy, including the structures and features of European and international healthcare. Participants explore some of the key health issues and challenges and gain awareness of the European Union’s role in global health. The module will also discuss the cooperation between the latter and the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO). The overall objective is to provide participants with knowledge, critical understanding and skills for active involvement in the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of public health and environment initiatives.


The closing module of the programme aims to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of commitments made at the international level in order to tackle greatest global challenges of the 21st century. Looking at the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the Paris Agreement, participants will be provided with an overview of the existing global frameworks for strategies and action to put the world on a path to sustainability, poverty eradication and disaster risk reduction. The Module will also discuss the role the European Union has played in shaping the 2030 Agenda and other key plans of action. Having confirmed its commitment to take Agenda 2030 forward, the European Union works on implementing both internally (through initiatives such as the Circular Economy Strategy designed to address more sustainable patterns of production and consumption) and externally (by supporting implementation efforts in other countries, above all those most in need).

Admission criteria

Academic Requirements

The academic requirement to apply for the Master  Programme is at least a Bachelor’s degree (completed university studies of at least three years) or a
Master’s degree from a University or a University of Applied Sciences or a degree deemed equivalent.

Professional Experience

A relevant professional experience in the field of the Programme is taken into consideration in the admission process.

Language Requirements

The lectures are taught in English. Candidates must have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to be able to follow the Programme. The professional project report or the Master’s thesis could be written in English or in French. In specific cases, with the approval of the Directors of the Programme, another language
can be used to write the Master’s thesis or the professional project report.


This programme is coorganised by the Center for European Legal Studies (CEJE) and the Global Studies Institute (GSI) of the University of Geneva in cooperation with the United Nations office at Geneva

This program has given me a better understanding and a more practical approach of handling issues at the global level. (Ndey Haddy, Diplomat, Gambia, MEIG graduate 2017)

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