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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. Students whose mother tongue is not English and who have not taken an English-taught bachelor’s or master’s degree or do not have at least two years’ professional or academic experience in an English-speaking environment must provide a certificate to prove their knowledge of English
  • 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.

Studying at the Geneva Academy has been an incredible experience. I have been able to learn a lot from many great professors and academics in a friendly, supportive and constructive environment while being surrounded by friends sharing my interest in this field of law.

Claudia Maritano, British Red Cross Research Fellow on the joint British Red Cross / International Committee of the Red Cross project on customary international law

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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