Graduate Institute (IHEID) The Graduate Institute offers this specialised joint degree with the University of Geneva. The Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) is a one-year full-time graduate degree program providing the opportunity of an in-depth and high-profile study of international dispute settlement from a broad range of perspectives. The program covers all current approaches to the subject matter, including private and public international law, and delves into today's relevant fields, such as commercial and investment arbitration, WTO dispute resolution and proceedings before the ICJ.
Students are admitted for one academic year of study in residence (September through June), typically followed by up to two months of independent research and writing, leading to the degree of Master of Advanced Study in Law / LL.M. The structure of our largely elective program is such that it offers students sufficient latitude to pursue their specific interests in dispute settlement while keeping within parameters that we set to ensure the acquisition of the indispensable knowledge in the field.
Graduate Institute (IHEID) Our two-year Master’s program offers rigorous training in anthropology and sociology through a combination of coursework in small class settings, opportunities for independent field research, and close mentoring. During the program students acquire a breadth and depth of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary knowledge, as well as research skills across a variety of methodological approaches.
We aim to foster in our students the analytical, methodological, and conceptual capacities needed to develop nuanced understandings of, and responses to, the transnational and globalized dimensions of many of today’s most urgent social, cultural, political, and economic problems. Students complete our program well prepared for careers in the international, public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A number of our MA students also go on to pursue PhDs in ANSO or other internationally competitive doctoral programs.
Graduate Institute (IHEID); Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict (60 ECTS credits, 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.
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.