12 months
18399 EUR/year
18399 EUR/year
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The LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law and human rights offered today.


This one-year International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights postgraduate degree course at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights 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.

Learning outcomes

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 counter-terrorism, armed non-state actors, 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • International Law
  • International Refugee Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Introduction to The Islamic Law of Armed Conflict
  • Enforced Disappearances in International Law
  • The International Criminal Court: Selected Issues
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Amnesty and Transitional Justice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A full degree in law (received by June at the latest) enabling the applicant to sit the bar exam in the relevant country; or another degree if the applicant has a significant amount of training in public international law and courses related to our programme (e.g. international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law)
  • A strong academic record
  • A demonstrable interest in the subject matter of the programme (e.g. professional experience, internships, summer school, conferences attended, publications, etc.)
  • A sound command of English. You must be able to show, via a recognized test, that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at the Geneva Academy.
  • A passive knowledge of French is an asset as students might have to attend conferences and class presentations in French

Tuition Fee

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    18399 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18399 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    18399 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18399 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • Full programme: 18,000 Swiss Francs

Living costs for Genève

1925 - 2850 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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