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September 2018 - August 2019
Application start 20 November 2017
Application end 28 February 2018
Application end (with scholarship) 31 January 2018

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Entry Requirements

  

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Candidates must have:

  • A full degree in law (received by June at the latest) enabling the applicant to sit the bar exam in the relevant country; or another degree if the applicant has a significant amount of training in public international law and courses related to our programme (e.g. international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law)
  • A strong academic record
  • A demonstrable interest in the subject matter of the programme (e.g. internships, summer school, conferences attended, articles)
  • A sound command of English. You must be able to show, via a recognized test, that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at the Geneva Academy. This requirement does not apply if (1) your mother tongue is English; (2) you have taken an English-taught bachelor’s or master’s degree; (3) you have at least two years’ professional or academic experience in an English-speaking environment
  • A passive knowledge of French is an asset as students might have to attend conferences and class presentations in French

A Comprehensive Assessment

Each application is considered in its entirety, including transcripts, extracurricular and voluntary activities, work experience, personal background, letters of recommendation, personal statement and language skills.

In considering each individual, the Admissions Committee seeks not only to identify characteristics that are important to academic success in the programme, but also other qualities that promote diversity and excellence in the student body.

Note for Native French Speakers

Most courses are taught in English. Some exams can be taken in French and questions in class may be asked in either language. The LLM paper can be written in French.

Everyone goes through crucial junctures in life. The LLM programme at the Geneva Academy was one for me. I moved from the student phase of my life to its professional stage. The LLM and, more generally, the time spent in such an international, multicultural and stimulating city provided me with all necessary professional means to face the challenges of my early career.

Niccolò Pons, Associate Legal Officer, Trial Chamber, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Why Choose the Geneva Academy?

We are a leading education and research institution in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Internships

Our LLM students have the opportunity to acquire first-hand professional experience via internships with Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights actors

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Scholarships

We offer scholarships to outstanding students who are unable to secure the funding required to cover tuition fees and/or the cost of living in Geneva.

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Our Students

We attract some of the most experienced and academically qualified students from around the world who are taught by leading academics and practitioners in the field.

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