Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
Our LLM (60 ECTS) is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights in armed conflict offered in Europe today. It focuses primarily on all rules applicable to armed conflicts, and their interaction and promotes both academic excellence and independent critical thinking.
It is structured around the following seven components:
Core courses are mandatory and provide a solid legal basis and understanding of public international law, IHL, international human rights law in armed conflict, international refugee law and international criminal law.
Optional courses allow our students to deepen their expertise in a particular issue such as armed non state actors in international law, the conduct of hostilities, enforced disappearances or the Islamic law of armed conflict. Places in the optional courses are limited to 20 in order to guarantee the quality of exchanges and discussions.
Our LLM students have the opportunity, during Spring Semester, to acquire first-hand professional experience via internships with Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights actors.
As part of the curriculum, our LLM students can participate in the prestigious Jean-Pictet Competition on IHL as well as in public pleadings on specific conflict situations.
This unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law aims to improve our students’ knowledge of military actors and operations, and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds.
Our LLM promotes academic excellence and independent critical thinking. One of its core outputs is an LLM paper on a specific issue addressed by the programme and written under the guidance of a faculty member.
In Spring Semester, LLM students go on a study trip to learn about leading institutions and organizations active in the field of IHL and human rights.