LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights: An Overview

This one-year full-time postgraduate degree (60 ECTS) is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law and human rights offered in Europe today.

Yemen, Aden, Kreiter. A civil rescue service volunteer takes a break from pulling out trapped people and dead bodies from beneath the rubble. Yemen, Aden, Kreiter. A civil rescue service volunteer takes a break from pulling out trapped people and dead bodies from beneath the rubble.

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

Students gain access to a world-renowned faculty, benefit from direct connections with leading actors in the field like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and share ideas with other participants from an array of different legal backgrounds and perspectives.

The programme 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 tcounter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, transitional justice, 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 provide a solid exposure to practical work and allow students to expand their network.

The Geneva Academy equipped me to get my current job and do it effectively. It was a memorable experience and is still a key highlight in my career.

Judith Kiconco, Communication Officer, International Committee of the Red Cross, Kampala Delegation

Faculty

LLM students have the opportunity to be taught by leading academics in the fields of international humanitarian law and human rights.

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Internships

Our LLM students have the opportunity to acquire first-hand professional experience via internships with Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights actors

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Student Life

Our LLM is organized around intimate learning communities enabling close interaction between students and professors.

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Career Opportunities

Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

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