International Law, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, French (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Master in International Law Includes complementary courses in other disciplines (economics, history, political science, anthropology and sociology of development)

The programme comprises compulsory courses, optional seminars and an original research dissertation in the second year.

The Master in International Law is aimed at those who wish to pursue either a PhD or a career in research.


The Graduate Institute is accredited by the Swiss Government and receives funding from the Confederation and the Canton of Geneva. It is managed by a private foundation and governed by a regulatory framework with a strong emphasis on efficiency. The Graduate Institute’s strategy is articulated around public-private partnerships supported by leading patrons and foundations to whom we should like to extend our sincere gratitude.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Climate Change and International Law
  • Courts in World Politics
  • Domesticating International Law: Foreign Relations and National Security
  • International Economic Law Clinic
  • International Law through the Case-Law of International Courts and Tribunals
  • Law without State
  • Maritime Delimitation in International Law
  • Political Justice and Human Rights: Foundational Questions
  • Sociology of Transnational Law and Arbitration

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Admission Requirements:
  • Complete the online application form (open from 15 September 2016 to 15 January 2017).
  • Pay the CHF 100 application fee. (You will find the payment link and instructions on the online application form.)
  • Note: late applications (submitted between 15 January and 1 March 2017) carry an application fee of CHF 200.
  • Provide contact details for two academic referees (also on the application form).
  • Upload all your supporting documents (see Application Checklist) before the deadlines (see above). All your documents will need to be uploaded onto the online application form; please do not send them by e-mail or regular mail.
  • Validate your application by clicking on "Submit".

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 7371 International
  • EUR 4607 EU/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)


The Institute strives to support its students throughout the duration of their studies, to the extent of its ability. It does so through financial aid (below) and paid jobs (teaching assistantships, research assistantships and administrative positions). In 2014, nearly half of our students received direct or indirect financial support from the Institute.

In particular, the Institute makes extensive efforts to assist its doctoral students. We aim to make financial aid available to all first year doctoral students with documented financial need. In subsequent years, doctoral students may apply for a teaching or research assistantship. The option of applying for a scholarship also remains open during the four-year programme, particularly in the final year to help with the completion of the thesis.

Financial aid

The Institute deploys invests considerable resources in financial aid, with the goal of attracting talented scholars from around the world, regardless of origin and financial ability. While other institutions generally offer only tuition reduction, the Institute also provides a large number of cost of living scholarships of CHF 18,000 each.

We expect all of our students to contribute toward the cost of their education. Therefore, and in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity, each recipient of a full scholarship is required to pay an annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000.

Financial aid is awarded by the Scholarship Committee on the basis of a written application documenting financial need; by exception, a few merit-based scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence.

Financial aid may take the following forms:

  • A full scholarship in the amount of CHF 18,000, which corresponds to the minimum living costs for one year;

  • A partial scholarship in the amount of CHF 9,000;

  • A merit scholarship awarded on the basis of academic excellence; it may be associated with a paid position as a teaching assistant or with need-based tuition reduction. An annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000 is charged in all cases.

In addition, tuition reduction may be awarded in combination with all types of scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed on the basis of a documented application, in accordance with the resources available at the Institute. Full scholarships for Master degree students are generally renewed for a second year, following review of the student’s financial situation, provided that the s/he is in good academic standing and depending on the availability of financial resources.

More information:

  • Apply to financial aid

  • Job postings; note that open positions are advertised to students after enrolment.

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