Applications for our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict are Open!

Students during an event at the Geneva Academy Students during an event at the Geneva Academy

Our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict (60 ECTS, equivalent to a LLM) is one of the few part-time, innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international law in armed conflict offered today. It is designed for professionals with demanding jobs and responsibilities and provides advanced, comprehensive and practical training in international humanitarian law (IHL), international human rights law (IHRL), international refugee law international criminal law, as well as in the interplay between them.

The Programme

Based in Geneva, this executive programme runs for nine months (October–June) and admits 15 to 20 practitioners annually. Six to nine additional months are needed to complete a master’s thesis and defend it before a jury.

Courses take place on Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons at our headquarters, Villa Moynier. They cover the law of armed conflict, IHL, IHRL, international refugee law and international criminal law. They also address current issues and challenges, including the repression of terrorism, peacekeeping and international refugee law.

The programme enables participants to gain specialized knowledge directly applicable to professional work. It also responds to the growing need for specialists to address complex situations – in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere – and challenging processes such as criminal proceedings, international negotiations and humanitarian interventions.

Diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations share expertise, discuss pressing concerns and reflect on the application of international law to their work.


Our Executive Master is organized around a small and intimate learning community. Participants have the opportunity to be taught by leading academics and experts.


The admission section provides detailed information about:

A Three Steps Online Application Process

You can apply via a straightforward online form. The online application is divided into the following four steps:

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Attach the required documents
  3. Submit your application

Make sure you have all the requested information and documents before starting your application!


Applications close on 4 October 2018 February 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you still have questions, our FAQ addresses the main questions related to our Executive Master, the programme and the admission procedure.


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