PhD International Law

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
The PhD programme in International Law offers high-level training that prepares graduates for academic careers or executive and research positions in the public or private sectors. Students work closely with a world-renowned faculty composed of both academics and practitioners from many different legal traditions. Classes and seminars are offered in all areas of international law.

Description of International Law

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The Graduate Institutes PhD with a specialisation 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 prepare graduates for an academic career, or for research-oriented positions in the public or private sector.

The PhD programme is small by design and admits a limited number of students each year. The size of the programme and close contact with professors offer an intimate and highly stimulating environment in which to grow intellectually. This specialisation is a recognised and well established platform for advanced graduate research in international law. With a large diversity of research and professional interests, the faculty members offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects.

Apart from formal research supervision from their doctorate supervisor (a professor of the Law Unit), doctoral students can expect wider intellectual support at all stages of their research.

During their doctoral studies, candidates are required to obtain 24 ECTS credits for coursework and to present and defend a preliminary thesis. The programme, culminating in the presentation and defence of a doctoral thesis embodying an original and significant piece of research, is designed to take a maximum of four years.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 15 January
Tuition fee
  • EUR 7700 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 4815 Year (EEA)
  • Non-resident students: CHF 8,000 per year (CHF 4,000 per semester)
  • Resident students*: CHF 5,000 per year (CHF 2,500 per semester)
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 24 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months
Languages
  • English
  • French
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Project Type Open
Educational Form Academic

Course Content

The PhD programme in International Law offers high-level training that prepares graduates for academic careers or executive and research positions in the public or private sectors. Students work closely with a world-renowned faculty composed of both academics and practitioners from many different legal traditions. Classes and seminars are offered in all areas of international law.

SEMESTRES 1-2 | SEMESTERS 1-2

2 ATELIERS OBLIGATOIRES | 2 COMPULSORY WORkSHOPS

6 CRÉDITS | 6 CREDITS

Automne | Autumn

  • Doctoral Research Seminar in International Law I Andrea Bianchi

Printemps | Spring

  • Doctoral Research Seminar in International Law II Andrea Bianchi

SEMESTRES 1-2 | SEMESTERS 1-2

3 COURS À CHOISIR | 3 ELECTIVE COURSE TO BE CHOSEN

18 CRÉDITS | 18 CREDITS

Automne | Autumn

  • Droit international des migrations Vincent Chetail
  • Evolution contemporaine de la place et des fonctions de lONU au sein du système juridique international Pierre-Marie Dupuy
  • Fall Law Clinic on International Criminal Justice andHuman Rights (Workshop 3 Credits) Paola Gaeta
  • Fundamentals of International Environmental Law Jorge Viñuales
  • International Investment Law Joost Pauwelyn
  • International Law Methods Andrea Bianchi
  • International Refugee Law Vincent Chetail
  • International Trade Law Joost Pauwelyn
  • The Responsibility to Protect Nicolas Michel
  • State Contracts and International Arbitration Zachary Douglas

Printemps | Spring

  • Advanced Topics in International Environmental Law and Policy Jorge Viñuales, Timothy Swanson
  • Corporate Responsibility in Transnational and International Law Zachary Douglas
  • La délimitation maritime en droit international Marcelo Kohen
  • Droit diplomatique international Eric Wyler
  • Feminist Approaches to Human Rights Ratna Kapur
  • «Humanité» et «Communauté internationale»en droit international positif Pierre-Marie Dupuy
  • Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Actors Andrew Clapham
  • International Criminal Law through the Cases in National and International Courts Paola Gaeta
  • International Health Law Gian Luca Burci
  • International Moot Court Joost Pauwelyn
  • Philosophie et droit international Pierre-Marie Dupuy
  • Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: Concept and Contents Vincent Chetail
  • Séminaire avancé de jurisprudence environnementale Jorge Viñuales
  • Spring Law Clinic on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights (Workshop 3 Credits)
  • Trade and Investment Law Clinic Joost Pauwelyn
  • WIPO and International Intellectual Property Law Edward Kwakwa

TOTAL DES CRÉDITS POUR LES ENSEIGNEMENTS = 24 | TOTAL CREDITS FOR COURSES = 24

MÉMOIRE PRÉLIMINAIRE DE THÈSE | PRELIMINARY THESIS DISSERTATION

30 CRÉDITS | 30 CREDITS

Pour les échéances du programme de doctorat, se référer au règlement détudes et aux directives internes disponibles sur Etunet | For PhD time-limits, see the Academic and Internal Regulations available on Etunet.

Cours ouverts aux doctorants intéressés par une mineure en droit international | Courses open to Phd students interested in a minor in international law

18 CRÉDITS | 18 CREDITS

SEMESTRES 1-4 | SEMESTERS 1-4

Automne | Autumn

  • Fundamentals of International Environmental Law Jorge Viñuales
  • International Investment Law Joost Pauwelyn
  • International Law Methods Andrea Bianchi
  • International Refugee Law Vincent Chetail
  • International Trade Law Joost Pauwelyn
  • The Responsibility to Protect Nicolas Michel
  • State Contracts and International Arbitration Zachary Douglas

Printemps | Spring

  • Advanced Topics in International Environmental Law and Policy Jorge Viñuales, Timothy Swanson
  • Corporate Responsibility in Transnational and International Law Zachary Douglas
  • La délimitation maritime en droit international Marcelo Kohen
  • Droit diplomatique international Eric Wyler
  • Feminist Approaches to Human Rights Ratna Kapur
  • International Criminal Law through the Cases in National and International Courts Paola Gaeta
  • International Health Law Gian Luca Burci
  • International Moot Court Joost Pauwelyn
  • Philosophie et droit international Pierre-Marie Dupuy
  • Séminaire avancé de jurisprudence environnementale Jorge Viñuales
  • Trade and Investment Law Clinic Joost Pauwelyn
  • WIPO and International Intellectual Property Law Edward Kwakwa

English Language Requirements

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advise you to

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Requirements for International Law

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.

English

  • 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.

Work Experience for International Law

No work experience is required.

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