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

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The Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict is:

  • A part-time programme for professionals with demanding jobs and responsibilities that can be followed in Geneva or online
  • 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
  • Possibility to follow the programme online or in Geneva
  • A 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
  • Tutorials ahead of exams that allow participants to revise and discuss concepts and issues addressed in class
  • The writing of a master’s paper
  • A graduation ceremony
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Cyber Operations, Armed Conflicts and International Law

23 June 2022, 17:30-18:30

In this talk, we will analyse different examples of cyber operations allegedly conducted or sponsored by states, and discuss their effects on the geopolitical contexts as well as the different challenges they raise for international law.

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Experts Discuss the Protection of Persons Affected by Sea-Level Rise

30 May 2022

The expert meeting, organized with the Roma Tre University Law Department, focused on the content of the second issue paper of the International Law Commission Working Group which deals with the protection of persons affected by sea-level rise and statehood.

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Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict: What Participants Say

10 May 2022

Anastasiya Marchuk is the Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Office in Odesa, Ukraine. She is currently enrolled in our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict and follows the programme online.

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The Executive Master equipped me with feasible and meaningful legal arguments to facilitate principled humanitarian action in and outside the ongoing battlefields.

Fumiko Nakashima

Protection Delegate at the International Committee of the Red Cross