Master’s Thesis

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The Executive Master programme promotes academic excellence and independent critical thinking. One of its core outputs is a master’s thesis (21 ECTS credits) written under the guidance of a faculty member.

Master's Thesis Time Frame

Once the courses have been completed, six to nine additional months are needed to complete the thesis and defend it before a jury. Participants are not required to remain on campus to write their thesis. A class on research skills helps students to research and write their thesis.

Investigating a Subject of Special Interest

The thesis gives students an opportunity to investigate a subject of special interest to them, deepening their knowledge and expertise through research as well as exchanges with experts, scholars and practitioners.

How We Work

Our teaching enables specialists to apply legal frameworks to complex situations – Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Colombia, Iraq, Syria – and challenging processes such as criminal proceedings, political transitions, international negotiations and humanitarian interventions.

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Awards

Every year, we award two prizes to LLM graduate students for their exceptional academic work: the Henry Dunant Prize and the Best LLM Paper Prize.

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Research

Our research examines issues that are under-explored, need clarification, or are unconventional, experimental or challenging.

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Experts

Our experts are leading academics in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Events

Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.

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UN Mission patrols disputed area in Sudan Short Courses

Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict and Fragile Situations

6 April - 4 May 2017

This course provides a concise and systematic treatment of the peacebuilding process in post-conflict and fragile situations.

ICC Trial Chamber VIII declares Mr Al Mahdi guilty of the war crime of attacking historic and religious buildings in Timbuktu and sentences him to nine years’ imprisonment Short Courses

The International Criminal Court

21 April - 19 May 2017

This course examines the role and activities of the ICC. It addresses questions related to its jurisdiction, structures and procedural regime and provides an introduction to the major debates about interpretation of the ICC Statute.