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 legal framework applicable to armed conflicts, including the protection of human rights in armed conflict.
  • Develop legal skills and 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 take place from 1st October 2015 to 3 June 2016. The thesis must be submitted by February 2017. Upon specific and motivated request, certain courses can be followed over two academic years (2015/16 and 2016/17)
  • 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, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Degree: Executive Master/Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Law in Armed Conflict (60 ECTS credits)
  • Please click here to download the 2015-2016 schedule- first semester-
    Please click here to download the 2015-2016 schedule - second semester-



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 (PIL)

  • Sources and Subjects of Public International Law
  • From Use of Force to  Responsibility to Protect
  • Sanctions in Public International Law

2) International Humanitarian Law (IHL) 

  • Basic Principles of IHL and the Conduct of Hostilities in International Armed Conflicts
  • Protection 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 (HRAC)

  • International Refugee Law
  • The Interplay between International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
  • Selected Issues of protection during Armed Conflict and Disaster

4) International Criminal Law (ICL)

  • Criminal Repression of International Crimes
  • The Repression of Terrorism : Issues and Debates
  • 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 key events organized throughout the year by the Academy.



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