MAS LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) 2020

The MIDS offers a world-class opportunity for in-depth and high-profile study of international dispute settlement. Thanks to its innovative educational methodology and a faculty composed of the most prominent practitioners and academics, the MIDS is a leading programme in the field.



14 September 2020 - 8 August 2021
90 ECTS credits
355 Teaching hours
One-year full-time post-graduate programme




Evelyne BRYDEN
+41 (0)22 908 44 86




Registration deadline

19 December 2019


CHF 28'000.-

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development


  • Provide the opportunity for in-depth study of all aspects of dispute settlement in the international arena, across the divide of public and private, with an emphasis on today’s most relevant fields such as commercial and investment arbitration, and ICJ and WTO dispute settlement procedures


Law school graduate, lawyer working in law firm, government, international organization or NGO, judge or doctoral student. Some professional and/or moot court experience in a related field is an advantage. The programme seeks to enroll candidates from a variety of countries, backgrounds and career plans.


A typical curriculum includes:

  • 2 general courses providing a comprehensive overview of international dispute settlement
  • 8 intensive courses from a choice of 14 (on topics such as International Investment Arbitration, WTO Dispute Settlement, Arbitration in the United States and Negotiation)
  • 2 optional courses drawn from a list of about 30 relating to international dispute settlement
  • Weekly tutorials held in small groups
  • Workshops on Legal Writing, Mediation, Witness Examination, and Financial Damage Analysis
  • Several high-profile public lectures and specialized seminars specifically organized for the programme
  • Conferences in Switzerland and abroad
  • Career Services
  • Visits to arbitral institutions in Paris and The Hague
  • LL.M. Thesis


Prof. Laurence BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva


Mariona CUSI and Evelyne BRYDEN, University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID

Admission criteria

To be considered for the program, applicants must have received, or expect to receive by the summer of 2020, at least a first complete law degree (such as a Bologna Master’s degree, a J.D. or an LL.B.) or another academic qualification deemed equivalent by the Program Directors. 

Steering committee

Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes and Prof. Thomas Schultz, University of Geneva, Prof. Zachary Douglas and Prof. Marcelo Kohen, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Number of participants

Max. 40 participants

Detailed fees

Tuition fees for the 2020-2021 program are set at CHF 28’000.

To confirm the enrolment in MIDS, admitted students must pay a non-refundable deposit of CHF 500.- within two weeks after they are informed about their admission. This amount will be credited towards the tuition fees.

The remaining tuition fees are payable in three instalments according to the following schedule:

  • CHF 3’500.- by 4 May 2020
  • CHF 12’000.- by 20 July 2020
  • CHF 12’000.- by 2 October 2020

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

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