Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
18 November 2019
Applications for the 2020–2021 academic year of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) just opened today and will close on 31 January 2020 (applications with scholarships) and on 28 February 2020 (applications without scholarships).
Our LLM is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights offered today.
This one-year postgraduate degree course focuses primarily on all rules applicable to armed conflicts, and their interaction, and promotes both academic excellence and independent critical thinking.
The programme (60 ECTS) allows students to tailor their studies according to their particular interests. While core courses provide a firm grounding in public international law, IHL, international human rights law (IHRL) in armed conflict, international refugee law and international criminal law (ICL), optional courses explore cutting-edge issues like counter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities, the work of international courts and tribunals or the Islamic law of armed conflict.
Our LLM is also profoundly committed to developing the transferable skills necessary to succeed in the professional world and take up responsibilities in the humanitarian and human rights fields. To this end, internships with leading actors and participation in the Jean-Pictet Competition and in public pleadings, military briefings and a study trip provide a solid exposure to practical work and allow students to expand their network.
The LLM is organized around small and intimate learning communities. This creates an exceptional learning environment where some of the most experienced and academically qualified students from all over the world gain access to a world-renowned faculty at the cutting edge of IHL, IHRL, ICL and international refugee law.
Weekly tutorials allow students to revise and discuss concepts and issues addressed in the core courses and prepare for the exams.
As an IHL and human rights hub, Geneva offers a broad range of conferences and public events featuring key experts and topics, as well as providing access to leading actors in the field.
With more than 70 public events, expert seminars and conferences organized every year, we host some of the world’s leading academics and practitioners who share their research, views and experiences with our students and directly touch upon topics addressed in the programme.
We only provide full scholarships for citizens of non-western countries. Applicants from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Western Europe cannot, therefore, be considered for a full scholarship.
We provide, every year, a partial scholarship for EU citizens.
Partial and full scholarships are allocated through a highly competitive process based on academic merit, extra-curricular achievements and the candidate’s financial needs.
The admission section of our website provides detailed information about:
You can apply via a straightforward online form. The online application comprises the following four steps:
Make sure you have all the requested information and documents before starting your application!
If you still have questions, our FAQ addresses the main questions related to our LLM, the admission procedure and living in Geneva.
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Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
Activities of the TBMP in 2018 included discussions on the harmonization of TBs, exchanges among peers and with external experts and other institutions on thematic issues, and briefings on the 2020 review of TBs by the UN General Assembly.
ILO Asia and Pacific
This event aims at raising awareness of the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights and the consequent need to undertake effective anti-corruption measures.
This event, co-organized with the ATLAS Network will feature prominent women in international law. Coming from different professional backgrounds, they will share their experience and advice through an interactive discussion.
This short course discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.
UN Photo/Manuel Elias
This short course provides an introduction to the regime of sanctions under international law and their effectiveness in addressing contemporary forms of conflict. It addresses the questions related to state responsibility, the pacific settlement of international disputes and the role of the International Court of Justice.
Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.