Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
25 March 2019
Our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict 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.
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 use of force and the responsibility to protect or preventing and combating terrorism.
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.
Our Executive Master is organized around a small and intimate learning community. Participants have the opportunity to be taught by leading academics and experts.
Join us during for our open house on 13 June 2019 (12:30-13:30) to learn more about the programme, meet with staff, students and alumni, and discuss career opportunities
The admission section provides detailed information about:
You can apply via a straightforward online form. The online application is divided into the following four steps:
Make sure you have all the requested information and documents before starting your application!
Applications close on 23 September 2019.
If you still have questions, our FAQ addresses the main questions related to our Executive Master, the programme and the admission procedure.
This document also provides information about technical issue to take into when applying online. It also proposes some solutions if you encounter problems.
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