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.
  • Enhance your appreciation of the options and strategies available with regard to the protection of individuals and of prosecuted vulnerable groups in times of armed violence.



  • Duration: Classes take place from beginning of October 2014 to end of May 2015. The thesis must be submitted before in February 2016. Upon specific and motivated request, classes of the Programme 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 on 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 courses of the programme cover four subject matters: Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International  Criminal Law, and Human Rights in Armed Conflict. Each course consists of three or four modules of five classes. At the end of each module, participants are required to complete a course evaluation. A final course exam will cover the material of the relevant three or four modules. Lectures are complemented by tutorials held by the 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 thesis under the supervision of a member of the Academy's Faculty. A module on research skills is organized to aid participants researching for and writing their theses. Upon submission of their thesis, participants are required to pass a thesis defense.

Complementary Activities

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

Possibility to follow lectures via live-streaming:

Participants to the whole programme:
On an exceptional basis, classes can be followed online via live-streaming. Attendance via live-streaming will be authorized by the programme coordinator only if duly justified and requested, at the latest, 48 hours before the relevant class. Valid justifications include work missions abroad and illness. Participants are expected, however, to attend in person at least 60% of the classes.

Participants to some specialized training modules:
Participants who only subscribe for one or more modules can choose to follow the whole module via live-streaming. Those participants are strongly encouraged, though not mandated, to attend in person at least one class.

Modalities: Just before the relevant class, participants who requested to follow it via live-streaming will receive a link allowing to establish the connection. Participants who follow classes via live streaming:

  •     are not allowed to share the link with anybody, nor to invite additional people to attend the lecture;
  •     are not allowed to record the lecture;
  •     are allowed, during the class, to ask questions to the lecturer via the assistant.
       Questions will be typed to the teaching assistant, who will inform the lecturer accordingly.


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