The Master in International Law is a two year programme that provides in-depth training in international law. It allows students to gain access, subject to certain conditions, to the Ph.D. in International Law.

The Master in International Law requires intensive work at an advanced level in the field of international law, and familiarisation with at least one other discipline (anthropology/sociology of development, international economics, international history and politics or international relations).

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

The Master in International Law sets out to provide participants with the tools and approaches necessary for a rigorous analysis of contemporary international legal problems.

For more information on the requirements for the Master in International Law, see the links below regarding admission requirements, courses offered and programme rules.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
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
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time

Course Content

The Master in International Law provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for rigorous analysis of contemporary international legal issues. It couples a solid background in the main areas of international law (international law-making, international dispute settlement, private international law, history and philosophy of law) with advanced training in one or more specialised areas (ranging from trade and investment law, human rights and criminal law to environmental law, territorial disputes and international law theory).


General Outline of the Curriculum

  • 3 compulsory courses 2X6+1X12=24 ECTS

Elective courses

  • 7 to 9 in the discipline of specialisation 7X6, 8X6 ou 9X6=42, 48 ou 54 ECTS
  • 2 to 4 in one or more complementary discipline(s) 2X6, 3X6 ou 4X6=12, 18 ou 24 ECTS
  • Dissertation 30 ECTS

TOTAL 90+30=120 ECTS

This curriculum has been designed according to an ideal course load of 30 ECTS credits per semester, so that the fourth semester can be devoted to the writing of a dissertation. Each student is allowed to spread out the elective courses over semesters 1 to 4, but must take into account the following regulations:

  • Students must take a certain number of courses in their discipline of specialisation and in complementary disciplines (see above);

  • It is obligatory for students to obtain a minimum of 18 ECTS credits each semester;

  • Failed courses cannot be repeated during the fourth semester of studies.

Students interested in the fast track option must obtain the 90 course credits required by the curriculum by the end of the third semester. During the third semester, these students can also take in advance 6 ECTS credits from the 24 ECTS credits of elective courses specified in the PhD curriculum; this course would replace an elective course offered in the master curriculum.

Students have the opportunity to spend the third semester at one of the Instituteís partner universities as part of its exchange programmes. At the end of this period abroad, these students will be able to transfer a maximum of 30 ECTS credits.

Semester 1: Autumn 2014
(30 ECTS)

3 compulsory courses(2X6+1X12=24 ECTS)

  • International Legality in the 21st Century, Marcelo Kohen (12 ECTS)

  • Judicial Interpretation and Legal Reasoning: A Critical Approach, Andrea Bianchi

  • Private International Law, Zachary Douglas QC

1 elective course to be taken in one complementary discipline(1X6=6 ECTS)

NB: During their first semester, MA students cannot follow elective classes in their discipline of specialisation.

Semester 2: Spring 2015
(30 ECTS)

5 elective courses(5X6=30 ECTS)

Semester 3: Autumn 2015
(30 ECTS)

5 elective courses(5X6=30 ECTS)

The list of elective courses offered during the academic year 2015-16 will be available at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

Semester 4: Spring 2016
(30 ECTS)



Semester 3: Autumn 2014
(30 ECTS)

5 elective courses(5X6=30 ECTS)

Semester 4: Spring 2015
(30 ECTS)



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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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