Applications for our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (2018–2019) are Open!

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Our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights offered in Europe today.

This one-year postgraduate degree course provides advanced, comprehensive and practical training in IHL, international human rights law (IHRL), international criminal law, as well as the interplay between them.

The Programme

The programme (60 ECTS) allows students to tailor their studies according to their particular interests. Core courses provide a firm grounding in public international law, IHL, IHRL, international refugee law and international criminal law. Optional courses allow students to deepen their expertise in a particular issue such as the counter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, transitional justice, the rules governing the conduct of hostilities or the work of international courts and tribunals.

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 moot courts and public pleadings provide a solid exposure to practical work and allow students to expand their network.


Our LLM is organized around a small and intimate learning community and LLM students have the opportunity to be taught by leading academics in the fields of international humanitarian law and human rights.


We offer partial and full scholarships for our LLM. Partial scholarships cover tuition fees. Full scholarships cover tuition fees and living expenses in Geneva for 10 months.

Campus Life

The Geneva Academy brings together a vibrant, intimate and multicultural community of around 100 talented students, leading professors and key experts in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

The Campus Life section of our website provides all the relevant information regarding:


The admission section provides detailed information about:

A Four Steps Online Application Process

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

  1. Decide whether to apply (1) without scholarship, (2) with full scholarship; (3) with 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!


  • Applications without scholarship close on 28 February 2018 (late applications are considered until 5 March 2018)
  • Applications with scholarship close on 31 January 2018

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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