The Executive Master - Master of Advanced Studies (MAS: Maîtrise universitaire d'études avancées, 60 ECTS credits) in International Law in Armed Conflict - is delivered jointly by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva.



Our programme will enable you to:


  • Acquire specialized knowledge regarding the protection of human rights in armed conflict and the legal framework applicable to armed conflicts and other emergencies.
  • Develop legal skills relevant to different complex situations of conflict.
  • Enhance your appreciation of the options and strategies available with regard to the protection of individuals and persecuted groups in times of armed violence.



  • Duration: Classes will take place from the beginning of October 2014 to the end of May 2015. The thesis must be submitted by February 2016. Upon specific and motivated request, certain courses can be followed over two academic years (2014/15 and 2015/16)
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Schedule: twice a week, on Thursday evenings (18:00-20:30) and Friday afternoons (15:00-20:15)
  • Number of places available: approximately twenty
  • Venue: Villa Barton and Villa Moynier, Rue de Lausanne120B, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Degree: Executive Master/Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Law in Armed Conflict (60 ECTS credits)
  • Please click here to download the full 2013-2014 schedule




The Executive Master covers four subjects grouped into four modules: Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International  Criminal Law, and Human Rights in Armed Conflict. Each module consists of three to four courses, which, in turn, comprise five classes. Participants are required to complete a course evaluation at the end of each course. Final exams are administered at the end of the academic year, and cover the material of the four modules. Classes are complemented by tutorials held by teaching assistants.

1) Public International Law

  • Sources and Subjects of Public International Law
  • Sanctions in Public International Law
  • Post-Conflict Situations and Reparation Programmes

2) International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

  • Basic Principles of IHL and Conduct of Hostilities
  • Protections of Persons and Property in International Armed Conflicts
  • The Law of Non-International Armed Conflicts and Other Contested Issues
  • Classification of Armed Conflicts

3) Human Rights in Armed Conflict

  • Human Rights in Armed Conflict and Counter-terrorism
  • Selected Issues of protection during Armed Conflict and Counter-terrorism
  • Human Rights in International Disaster Response Law

4) International Criminal Law

  • The Establishment of International Criminal Tribunals
  • Criminal Repression of International Crimes
  • The International Criminal Court

Research Paper

Participants are required to write a Master's thesis under the supervision of a member of the Academy's faculty. A class on research skills will help participants to research and write their theses. Participants are required to orally defend their thesis.

Extracurricular Activities

The programme is complemented by conferences, workshops, seminars, and other events organized throughout the year by the Academy.

Classes via live-streaming:

Participants in the entire Executive Master:
On an exceptional basis, classes can be followed online via live-streaming. Attendance via live-streaming is authorized by the programme coordinator only when duly justified and requested in advance (at the latest 48 hours before class). Valid reasons include work missions abroad or illness. Participants are required to attend at least 80% of classes in person.

Participants in inividual training modules:
Participants who only sign up for one or more modules can choose to follow the whole module via live-streaming. Such participants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend in person at least one class.

Procedure: Before the relevant class, participants will receive a link establishing an online connection. Participants following classes via live streaming:

  •     are not allowed to share the link with anybody, or invite additional people to attend the class;
  •     are not allowed to record the class;
  •     are allowed, during the class, to ask questions of the lecturer. Questions are sent to the teaching assistant, who then informs the lecturer accordingly.


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