The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict: An Overview

The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict (60 ECTS, equivalent to a LLM) is one of the few part-time, innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law and human rights offered today. The programme is designed for professionals with demanding jobs and responsibilities. It provides strong theoretical and practical knowledge and responds to the growing need for specialists to address complex humanitarian challenges.

Syria, Aleppo, old city, at the frontline. Fighters of the Free Syrian Army run from possible sniper fire at a place that is exposed to government soldiers. Syria, Aleppo, old city, at the frontline. Fighters of the Free Syrian Army run from possible sniper fire at a place that is exposed to government soldiers.

Based in Geneva, this executive programme runs for nine months (October–June) and admits 15 to 20 practitioners annually. Six to nine additional months are needed to complete a master’s thesis and defend it before a jury.

Courses take place on Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons at our headquarters, Villa Moynier. They cover the law of armed conflict, international human rights law and international criminal law. They also address current issues and challenges, including the repression of terrorism, peacekeeping and international refugee law.

Taught by Geneva-based law professors and world-renowned law experts and professors, the programme enables participants to gain specialized knowledge directly applicable to professional work. It also responds to the growing need for specialists to address complex situations – in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere – and challenging processes such as criminal proceedings, international negotiations and humanitarian interventions.

Diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations share expertise, discuss pressing concerns and reflect on the application of international law to their work.

The Geneva Academy offers a unique opportunity to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the main international law branches that are relevant for the protection of individuals in armed conflict and other situations of violence. The strong academic level of the students, the diversity of cultures represented in the programme and the richness of in-class discussions on contemporary legal issues makes teaching at the Geneva Academy a true pleasure.

Gloria Gaggioli

Assistant Professor and Grant Holder of Excellence at the University of Geneva

Why Choose the Geneva Academy?

The Geneva Academy is a leading education and research institution in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Executive Education

We provide training and short courses for professionals who want to deepen their expertise in a specific issue.

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Faculty

Our students have the opportunity to be taught by leading academics in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Career Opportunities

Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

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