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 credits) 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 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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Awards

Every year, we award two prizes to LLM graduate students for their exceptional academic work: the Henry Dunant Prize and the Best LLM Paper Prize.

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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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News

Autonomous Weapon Systems: Legality under International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

9 May 2017

Our new publication Defending the Boundary analyses the constraints and requirements on the use of autonomous weapon systems (AWS), also called ‘killer robots’, under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

 Libya, Misrata, Tripoli Street. After a battle between members of the armed opposition and government forces. News

THE WAR REPORT: ARMED CONFLICTS IN 2016

10 April 2017

In 2016, 49 situations of armed violence amounted to armed conflicts according to international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The vast majority are non-international armed conflicts, as in preceding years, highlighting the changing nature of warfare. The analysis highlights two trends: the heavy toll of current armed conflicts on civilians often trapped in sieges and battlefields in cities and increased international interventions in conflicts.