September 2020 - August 2021
Study Mode Full-time
Application start 18 November 2019
Application end 28 February 2020
Application end (with scholarship) 31 January 2020


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Our LLM (60 ECTS) is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights offered in Europe today. It is structured around the following seven components.

Core Courses

Core courses are mandatory and provide a solid legal basis and understanding of public international law, IHL, international human rights law, international refugee law and international criminal law.

Optional Courses

Optional courses allow our students to deepen their expertise in a particular issue such as armed non state actors in international law, the conduct of hostilities, enforced disappearances or the Islamiclaw of armed conflict. Places in the optional courses are limited to 20 in order to guarantee the quality of exchanges and discussions.


Our LLM students have the opportunity, during Spring Semester, to acquire first-hand professional experience via internships with Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights actors.

Moot Courts

As part of the curriculum, our LLM students can participate in three moot courts – the prestigious Jean-Pictet Competition on IHL, the Nuremberg Moot Court and the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition – as well as in public pleadings on specific conflict situations.

Military Briefings

This unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law aims to improve our students’ knowledge of military actors and operations, and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds.

 LLM Paper

Our LLM promotes academic excellence and independent critical thinking. One of its core outputs is an LLM paper on a specific issue addressed by the programme and written under the guidance of a faculty member.

Study Trip

In Spring Semester, LLM students go on a study trip to learn about leading institutions and organizations active in the field of IHL and human rights.


Why Choose the Geneva Academy?

We are a leading education and research institution in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Our LLM students have the opportunity to acquire first-hand professional experience via internships with Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights actors

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We offer scholarships to outstanding students who are unable to secure the funding required to cover tuition fees and/or the cost of living in Geneva.

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Our Students

We attract some of the most experienced and academically qualified students from around the world who are taught by leading academics and practitioners in the field.

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