LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
18'000 Swiss Francs
120B rue de Lausanne
This one-year postgraduate degree course provides advanced, comprehensive and practical training in international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL), international criminal law, 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 tcounter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, transitional justice, transitional justice, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities or the work of international courts and tribunals.
Our LLM is also profoundly committed to developing the transferable skills necessary to succeed in the professional world and take up responsibilities in the humanitarian and human rights fields. To this end, internships with leading actors and participation in moot courts provide a solid exposure to practical work and allow students to expand their network.
Who should attend
Candidates must have:
- A full degree in law (received by June at the latest) enabling the applicant to sit the bar exam in the relevant country; or another degree if the applicant has a significant amount of training in public international law and courses related to our programme (e.g. international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law)
- A strong academic record
- A demonstrable interest in the subject matter of the programme (e.g. internships, summer school, conferences attended, articles)
- A sound command of English. You must be able to show, via a recognized test, that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at the Geneva Academy. This requirement does not apply if (1) your mother tongue is English; (2) you have taken an English-taught bachelor’s or master’s degree; (3) you have at least two years’ professional or academic experience in an English-speaking environment
- A passive knowledge of French is an asset as students might have to attend conferences and class presentations in French
A Comprehensive Assessment
Each application is considered in its entirety, including transcripts, extracurricular and voluntary activities, work experience, personal background, letters of recommendation, personal statement and language skills.
In considering each individual, the Admissions Committee seeks not only to identify characteristics that are important to academic success in the programme, but also other qualities that promote diversity and excellence in the student body.
Note for Native French Speakers
Most courses are taught in English. Some exams can be taken in French and questions in class may be asked in either language. The LLM paper can be written in French.
A straightforward Online Application
Please read the information in this section carefully before starting an application, as it will help ensure a quick and smooth application process.
Two Application Tracks
There are two tracks through which you can apply:
- Without scholarship
- With scholarship (partial or full: see further information on scholarships)
Please note that you must choose one track or the other. If you apply through both, your application will be considered under the non-scholarship track. Successful applicants who applied without requesting a scholarship cannot subsequently be considered for a scholarship.
Four Simple Steps
The online application is divided into the following four steps:
- Decide whether to apply (1) without scholarship, (2) with full scholarship; (3) with partial scholarship
- Complete the application form
- Attach the required documents
- Submit your application
Retrieving your Information
If you do not complete your application form in one go you have the following two options:
- You can copy and paste or bookmark the URL found at the bottom of the online application form. When you paste this URL into your web browser you will retrieve all the information you have entered on the form, even if you are working from a different computer.
The information you provide in the application form will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be used by the Admissions Committee and scholarship donors.
All the documents required (PDF format) are specified in the online application form and have to be attached to your online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please do not send original documents, as all submitted materials become the property of the Geneva Academy upon receipt. Documents cannot be returned to the applicant nor forwarded to other schools or agencies. You will however need to bring your original diplomas and transcripts to Geneva if you submit non-certified copies with your application.
The documents you have to provide with your application are:
- Your curriculum vitae in English
- A personal statement in English explaining your interest in the programme (no longer than two pages)
- Two letters of recommendation in English – no specific format is required
- Certified copies of relevant degrees and diplomas (with an officially certified translation when not in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish) – if copies are not certified, you will need to present the original documents upon your arrival in Geneva
- Certified copies of official records of university examinations taken and grades obtained (with an officially certified translation when not in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish) – if copies are not certified, you will need to present the original documents upon your arrival in Geneva
- If you are currently enrolled in a university programme, an attestation by the relevant university of your current enrollment with an official record of the latest university examinations taken and grades obtained
- Language tests – TOEF IELTS, DALF – or verification of language skills (the Geneva Academy does not have an attributed code; please do not use the University of Geneva code, nor the Graduate Institute code)
- A copy of your passport
If you apply for a scholarship (partial or full), you will also have to provide the following documents:
- Proof of your current income (e.g. salary statement, bank statement, tax declaration, employer’s letter) – if such proof is not available, please explain why
- Proof of your family’s financial situation (e.g. salary statement, bank statement) – if such proof is not available, please explain why
- Proof, if applicable, of any financial support you currently receive (e.g. letter from parents, sponsors, scholarship donor)