Why Choose the Geneva Academy?

The Geneva Academy is a leading education and research institution in international humanitarian law (IHL), human rights (HR) and transitional justice.

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Unique Master’s Programmes

Our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM), our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) and our online Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict (Executive Master) are unique programmes that provide students with a solid legal background and practical tools to address contemporary challenges in these fields.

An Exceptional Learning Environment

Our three master’s programmes are organized around small and intimate learning communities, creating an exceptional learning environment. Our students are taught by leading academics and practitioners in IHL, HR and transitional justice.

We attract some of the most experienced and academically qualified students from around the world. They share their expertise, discuss pressing concerns of the international community, and reflect on the application of international law to them.

An Ideal Location

As an HR and humanitarian hub, Geneva is home to the main humanitarian and HR actors and to all the United Nations (UN) HR mechanisms. The Geneva Academy has developed close collaborations with these institutions, and thus hosts distinguished guest speakers at lectures, seminars and events.

Students enrolled in the LLM and in MTJ also have the opportunity, as part of these programmes, to gain first-hand professional experience via internships with leading organizations in the field. For example, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), International Law Commission (ILC) or UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

A Gateway to Careers in the Humanitarian, Human Rights and Transitional Justice Sectors

Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, HR and transitional justice fields. They may work as legal advisers, researchers, professors, diplomats, advocates or field officers with international organizations, international courts and tribunals, NGOs, academic institutions, development agencies or governments.

Our 700 plus graduates are employed worldwide in these sectors, notably by the UN, ICRC, OHCHR, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Médicins sans Frontières, International Criminal Court, and European Court of Human Rights.


Our students have the opportunity to be taught by leading academics in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Our Students

We attract some of the most experienced and academically qualified students from all over the world who share their expertise and discuss pressing concerns.

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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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Career Opportunities

Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

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I strongly recommend the Executive Master to anyone with a serious interest in understanding the applicable international legal frameworks regulating armed conflict. I particularly enjoyed the high-quality teaching as well as working, studying and interacting every week with a group of highly motivated, diverse and experienced fellow students from all sectors and different parts of the world.

Till Papenfuss

Associate Political Affairs Officer, UN Department of Political Affairs