MAS International Law in Armed Conflict 2016



2 October 2017 - 1 June 2018
60 ECTS credits
370 Teaching hours
Presence in Geneva required from end of September until June




Blended learning





Registration deadline

29 September 2017
Modules can be followed individually


CHF 15'000.-

CHF 980.- par module


  • Acquire specialised knowledge concerning the legal framework applicable to armed conflicts including criminal proceedings, international negotiations or humanitarian interventions
  • 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, United Nations staff and staff from other international organisations


4 modules:

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

Master thesis


Prof. Robert ROTH, 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

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID
The programme is structured around four modules that provide a solid theoretical and practical knowledge of the law that applies to armed conflicts. Modules are complemented by a five-day intensive extracurricular seminar, Leading in the Human Rights Council, and the writing of a master’s thesis.


This module comprises courses on the sources and subjects of public international law, sanctions in public international law, and the rules that govern the use of force in international law and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’.


This module comprises courses on the basic principles of international humanitarian law (IHL), the protection of persons and property in international armed conflict, the classification of armed conflicts and the law of non-international armed conflicts.


This module comprises courses on international refugee law, the interplay between IHL and human rights and peacebuilding in post-conflict situations.


This module comprises courses on international criminal law and the International Criminal Court and tribunals.


This extracurricular seminar, ahead of the main session of the Human Rights Council, allows participants to develop their network and acquire the necessary skills to lead and perform effectively in this major forum for human rights diplomacy. 


One of the core outputs of the Executive Master is a master’s thesis written under the guidance of a faculty member. Participants are not required to remain on campus or in Geneva to write their thesis.

Number of participants

Le nombre de participants est adapté à la pédagogie choisie.

Detailed fees

The tuition fee for the Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict is CHF 18,000.-

To confirm their admission, students must pay a non-refundable deposit of CHF 3,000.- within a month of receiving an offer.

The remaining balance is payable in three equal instalments of CHF 5,000.-, due no later than 1 February, 1 June and 1 September respectively. Details of how to pay will be included in the admission letter.

Candidates who pay their tuition fee in full before 15 October receive a 10 percent discount (CHF 16,200.-).

Tuition fee for each short course is CHF 1,150.-

Annual training allowance

The Executive Master and its modules are eligible for an annual training allowance of up to 2,250 Swiss Francs by the Geneva Department for Education, Culture and Sport. Candidates meeting the criteria can contact our Student Office for further information.


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