MAS LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights 2018


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September 2018 - August 2019
60 ECTS credits
264 Teaching hours
Full-time programme









Registration deadline

28 February 2018
31 January 2018 for applicants applying for a scholarship. Late applications might be considered.


CHF 18'000


  • Provide advanced, comprehensive and practical training in international humanitarian law (IHL), international human rights law (IHRL) and international criminal law, as well as the interplay between them
  • Provide a solid exposure to practical work via internships with leading actors and participation in moot courts and public pleadings


Law school graduate with a solid academic record:

Candidate must hold a full degree in law or have a significant amount of training in public international law and courses related to the programme (e.g. international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law)
Professional experience in a field related to the programme is preferable


5 core courses:

  • Public International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Refugee Law

A combination of optional courses and professionalising activities (internships with leading actors in the field of IHL and human rights, moot courts, public pleadings)

A study trip 

 LL.M. Paper


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 of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva


Dany DIOGO, Geneva Academy

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, IHEID
This one-year postgraduate degree course provides advanced, comprehensive and practical training in international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL), as well as the interplay between them. Students gain access to a world-renowned faculty, benefit from direct connections with leading actors in the field like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and share ideas with other participants from an array of different legal backgrounds and perspectives. The programme allows students to tailor their studies according to their particular interests. Core courses provide a firm grounding in public international law, IHL, IHRL, international refugee law and international criminal law. Optional courses allow students to deepen their expertise in a particular issue such as the protection of children in armed conflict and post-conflict, counter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, transitional justice, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities or the work of international courts and tribunals.

Pedagogical method

  • Core courses
  • Optional courses
  • Writing of a paper
  • Internships with leading Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights organizations
  • Moot courts

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