The Graduate Institute’s Ph.D. in International Law is a challenging degree tailored for outstanding students with a strong commitment to international law and a proven ability in independent research work. It helps to prepare graduates for an academic career or for research-oriented positions in the public or private sector.
The Ph.D. programme is small by design and admits a limited number of students each year. The size of the programme and close contact with professors facilitates an intimate and highly stimulating environment in which to grow intellectually. This degree is a recognised and well-established platform for advanced graduate research in international law. With a wide range of research and professional interests, the Faculty members offer research supervision in a variety of subjects.
In addition to formal research supervision from their supervisor (a professor of the Law Unit), doctoral students can expect wider intellectual support at all stages of their research, for example through doctoral seminars.
Tuition fee for the international students.)
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
The PhD in International Law offers high-level specialisation and training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of international law. The programme prepares doctoral students for either academic and research careers or for executive high-ranking positions in the public or private sectors. Besides working closely with a world-renowned faculty, students attend courses and seminars that cover a wide range of subjects in international law with an unrivalled student-to-faculty ratio.
Students who have obtained all course credits
General Outline of the Curriculum
2 compulsory courses
3 elective courses taken in the discipline of specialisation
Preliminary thesis dissertation
TOTAL 54 ECTS
Option to designate a minor (18 ECTS in another discipline)
2 compulsory courses (2X3= 6 ECTS)
Doctoral Research Seminar I, Paola Gaeta
Doctoral Research Seminar II, Paola Gaeta
3 elective courses in the discipline of specialisation
Climate Change and International Law, Anne Saab
Courts in World Politics, Nico Krisch
Current Issues in the Law and Practice of the United Nations – Research Seminar, Gian Luca Burci
Droit diplomatique international, Eric Wyler
The Frontiers of International Law in Armed Conflict, Andrew Clapham
International Environmental Law: Energy Research Seminar, Jorge Vinuales
International Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, Carsten Stahn
International Trade Law, Jan Bohanes, Joost Pauwelyn
The Laws of Global Governance, Nico Krisch
Law Without the State, Thomas Schulz
Trade and Investment Law Clinic, Joost Pauwelyn (9 ECTS)
Corporate Responsibility in Transnational and International Law, Zachary Douglas
L’Etat en droit international contemporain, Marcelo Kohen
Fundamentals of International Environmental Law, Jorge Vinuales
Group Rights as Human Rights, Neus Trobisco-Casals
Histoire et philosophie du droit international, Eric Wyler
The International Framework for the Protection of Human Rights, Andrew Clapham
International Health Law, Gian Luca Burci
International Institutions in Global Public Law, Nico Krisch
International Investment Law, Joost Pauwelyn
The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court, Paola Gaeta
The Law of Maritime Delimitation, Marcelo Kohen
The Laws of War, Andrew Clapham
Moot Courts, Zachary Douglas (no online registration)
Patent Rights and Living Things, Anne Saab
The Politics of International Law, Nico Krisch
Rationality, Reason and Reasoning in International Law, Fuad Zarbiyev
States and State-Owned Companies in Transnational Business Transactions, Fuad Zarbiyev
WIPO and International Intellectual Property Law, Edward Kwakwa
STUDENTS WHO HAVE OBTAINED ALL COURSE CREDITS
Preliminary thesis dissertation
Before the end of Semester 8:
Submission of thesis manuscript
For PhD deadlines, please see the Academic Regulations and Implementation Guidelines available on the Student Portal.
The Institute has an English-French bilingual teaching policy. However, most of the classes are taught in English. Students can speak and write in either English or French.
The Institute values diversity and encourages students with no prior knowledge or only a basic knowledge of French to apply. We are happy to award these students a place, if they undertake to attend a free French course. Knowledge of French is not an admission condition or a condition for being awarded a diploma.
All students must have an excellent command of English.
Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English, or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying at university level in English, must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English.
No work experience is required.
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