The programme provides advanced knowledge of Swiss law in the areas of health, pharmaceuticals and intellectual property rights applicable to technology (patents), together with a sound knowledge of international law in these areas. It offers an overview of comparative health and intellectual property law and introduces the principles of bioethics. For students without previous legal training, its aim is to develop general skills in legal argumentation, whereas for students without previous academic training, it is to provide basic instruction in biology and medicine as an aid to grasping the legal principles elaborated in the other courses.
Course structure: obligatory courses, optional courses, obligatory thesis, optional internship.
The courses are taught in French, but some passive proficiency in English (written and spoken) and in German (written) are recommended.
Length of programme: 3 semesters
ECTS credits: 90
Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the French language. Find French courses on Language Learning Portal.
The programme is open to holders of degrees from the Faculty of Law as well as to those with a master's or bachelor's degree from the Faculties of Social Sciences and Economics, Medicine or Psychology. For more information: www.unige.ch/droit/mdv.
No work experience is required.
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