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 international law, international humanitarian law international human rights law, international criminal law and the interplay between them. 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.
Fee informationThe tuition fee for the Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict is 18,000 Swiss Francs. To confirm their admission, students must pay a non-refundable deposit of 3,000 Swiss Francs within a month of receiving an offer. The remaining balance is payable in three equal instalments of 5,000 Swiss Francs, due no later than 1 February, 1 June and 1 September respectively. Details of how to pay will be included in the admission letter. Discount Candidates who pay their tuition fee in full before 15 October receive a 10 percent discount (16,200 Swiss Francs). Annual Training Allowance The Executive Master and its modules are eligible for an annual training allowance of up to 2,250 Swiss Francs by the Geneva Department for Education, Culture and Sport. Candidates meeting the criteria can contact our Student Office for further information.
How to Register
Please read the information in this section carefully before starting an application, as it will help ensure a quick and smooth application process.
All the documents required are specified in the online application form and have to be attached to your online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The documents you have to provide with your application are:
- An application letter in English explaining your interest in and potential contribution to the programme
- Your curriculum vitae in English
- Proof of competence in English
- A copy of your passeport
- A valid copy of your visa or residence permit (only candidates who need a visa to enter the Schengen area)
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.