Master’s Thesis

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The Executive Master programme promotes academic excellence and independent critical thinking. One of its core outputs is a master’s thesis (21 ECTS) written under the guidance of a faculty member.

Master's Thesis Time Frame

Once the courses have been completed, six to nine additional months are needed to complete the thesis and defend it before a jury. Participants are not required to remain on campus or in Geneva to write their thesis. A class on research skills helps students to research and write their thesis.

Investigating a Subject of Special Interest

The thesis gives students an opportunity to investigate a subject of special interest to them, deepening their knowledge and expertise through research as well as exchanges with experts, scholars and practitioners.

How We Work

Our teaching enables specialists to apply legal frameworks to complex situations – Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Colombia, Iraq, Syria – and challenging processes such as criminal proceedings, political transitions, international negotiations and humanitarian interventions.

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Career Advice

During the year, our students benefit from the Career Services of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

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Research

Our research examines issues that are under-explored, need clarification, or are unconventional, experimental or challenging.

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Experts

Our experts are leading academics in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Events

Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.

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The United Nations Principles to Combat Impunity: A Commentary

27 March 2018

This new book, edited by the two Co-Directors of our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Frank Haldemann and Thomas Unger, provides an unmatched analysis of the United Nations Principles to Combat Impunity.

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The War Report: Armed Conflicts in 2017

22 March 2018

In 2017, 55 situations of armed violence amounted to armed conflicts according to the definitions under international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The vast majority were non-international armed conflicts, as in preceding years. The analysis highlights two salient features: the multiplication of armed non-state actors and unprecedented casualties linked to armed gang violence.