The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict in a Nutshell

Class of the Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict Class of the Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict


The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict is:

  • A part-time programme for professionals with demanding jobs and responsibilities
  • An in-depth study of the following areas: international law, International humanitarian law (IHL), international human rights law (IHRL), international criminal law (ICL) and the interplay between them
  • A focus on topical and emerging issues like the regime of sanctions in international law, preventing and combating terrorism or peacebuilding in post-conflict and fragile situations
  • A prestigious faculty composed of leading academics and renowned experts and practitioners who are abreast of the latest developments and debates
  • Access to our events which provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to discuss and debate topical issues in IHL, IHRL and ICL
  • A degree conferred by two prestigious academic institutions


10 reasons for choosing the Executive Master at the Geneva Academy:

  • Designed for professionals who want to pursue an advanced master’s degree while working at the same time
  • A flexibility that allows participants who cannot attend courses for professional reasons (e.g. missions, conferences) to follow them from abroad or afterwards
  • Leading institution in the field of IHL and IHRL
  • A response to the growing need for specialists to address current challenges and situations
  • The opportunity to acquire a thorough understanding of the laws of war and how to apply them in complex contemporary contexts
  • A programme that forms high-level professionals who want to acquire additional responsibilities or move their career forward
  • A personal teaching style that encourages interaction between participants and lecturers
  • Ongoing exchanges with other participants: 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
  • A master’s thesis that allows participants to investigate a subject of special interest and deepen their knowledge and expertise through research as well as exchanges with experts, scholars and practitioners
  • A unique human experience during which all those involved (participants, faculty and resident staff) develop long-term bonds


  • 60 ECTS Credits
  • Courses dispatched in four different modules that provide a firm grounding in public international law, IHL, IHRL and ICL (39 ECTS Credits)
  • An extracurricular seminar on Leading in the UN Human Rights Council
  • Tutorials ahead of exams that allow participants to revise and discuss concepts and issues addressed in class
  • The writing of a master’s paper (21 ECTS Credits)
  • A graduation ceremony

Teaching and interacting with students from all over the world and with such diverse backgrounds is an experience unrivalled in its rewards. In fact, my classes have become a place where we share our respective knowledge, my role being that of recalling over and over the role of public international law in the participants’ everyday professional lives, allowing them to strengthen and enhance the impact of their arguments.

Giovanni Distefano

Professor of International Law at the University of Neuchatel

General view of the room XX and delegates during of the High Level Segment of the 31st Session at the Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland, February 29, 2016 Short Course

Optimizing the Human Rights Council: At the Interplay Between Law and Politics

23 January - 1 February 2019

This course focuses on the functioning and the mechanisms of the United Nations Human Rights Council, as well as on the dynamics at play in this major human rights body.

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Elisabeth Decrey Warner in discussion with representatives of armed non-state actors Event

Utility and Limits of International Law for Protecting Persons Affected by Armed Conflict

24 September 2018, 18:00-20:00

In this opening lecture of the academic year, Elisabeth Decrey Warner will share her experience, as Co-Founder and Former Executive President of Geneva Call, of promoting respect of international humanitarian law by armed non-state actors.

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Graduation hats thrown in the air Event

2018 Graduation Ceremony

26 October 2018

We look forward to welcoming students, their friends, families and our professors at the 2018 Graduation Ceremony.

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