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Sources of Public International Law

Geneva Academy
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This short course dwells on the means of international law-making (treaties, customary international law, unilateral acts, general principles of law etc.). In other words, the course looks at the sources from which public international law rules stem and at the entities that are empowered with the capacity of law-making in the international legal order. It aims at enabling participants to develop a global perception of the international normative system.

In Geneva and Online

The course can be followed in Geneva or online. Please note that the number of places to follow the course in Geneva is limited.


This short course forms part of the Geneva Academy Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is open to professionals – 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 – who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.


Classes take place on:

  • Friday 8 January 2021, 15:30 – 17:30
  • Friday 15 January 2021, 15:30 – 17:30
  • Friday 22 January 2021, 15:30 – 17:30
  • Friday 29 January 2021, 15:30 – 17:30
  • Friday 5 February 2021, 15:30 – 17:30
  • Friday 12 February 2021, 18:00 –20:00

Renseignements sur les frais

The fee for this short course is 1,250 Swiss Francs.

Comment s'inscrire

Applications for this short course must be submitted via an online form. If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us.

Your application will need to include:
  • A short motivation letter (no more than one page)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
  • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit for candidates wishing to follow the short course in Geneva (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area).

Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.