LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights: It’s Time to Apply for the 2020–2021 Academic Year!

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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).

About the LLM

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.

An Exceptional Learning Environment

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.

LLM Scholarships

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.

Admission

The admission section of our website provides detailed information about:

A Four Steps Online Application Process

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

  1. Decide whether to apply (1) without a scholarship, (2) with full scholarship; (3) with a partial scholarship
  2. Complete the application form
  3. Attach the required documents
  4. Submit your application

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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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