MAS LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) 2024

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 training programme in the field.



September 2024 - August 2025
90 ECTS credits
355 Teaching hours
One-year, full-time, on-campus post-graduate programme (on-campus or online)









Registration deadline

20 December 2023


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 10+ (on topics such as International Commercial/Investment Arbitration, WTO Dispute Settlement, and the New York Convention)
  • 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 specialised seminars specifically organised for the programme
  • Conferences in Switzerland and abroad
  • Career Services
  • Visits to arbitral institutions in Paris and The Hague
  • LL.M. Thesis


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

Diploma delivered jointly by

University of Geneva, IHEID

Admission criteria

To be considered for the programme, applicants must have received, or expect to receive by the summer of 2024, 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 Programme Directors.

Steering committee

  • Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Jacques de Werra, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Zachary Douglas, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Prof. Joost Pauwelyn, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Mariona Cusi Vidal, Executive Director

Number of participants

40-50 participants

Detailed fees

Tuition fees are set at CHF 28'000.-.

To confirm the enrolment in MIDS, admitted students must pay a non-refundable deposit of CHF 700.- 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 3'300.- by 3 May 2024
  • CHF 12'000.- by 23 July 2024
  • CHF 12'000.- by 1 October 2024

Financial aid, based on the applicant’s demonstrated financial need, is limited but may be available for the ten-month period of residence:

  • Full scholarships (covering tuition fees & living expenses)
  • Full tuition scholarships (full waiver of the tuition fees)
  • Partial scholarships (covering part of the tuition fees and/or living expenses)

“I applied to the MIDS because I wanted to pursue a career in international dispute resolution. The MIDS offered a great curriculum with a top faculty that stood out from other graduate programs in this area. I did not think twice before applying, and it was one of the best choices I ever made.

My studies at the MIDS were enriching and the experience rewarding. Not only did I gain invaluable knowledge, and laid the basis for professional network, the MIDS opened me doors to a truly international career and it changed my life.”


Anna Kozmenko, MIDS 2008-2009

Contribution to the SDGs

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