International Law, PhD

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


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.

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.


ACBSP and IACBE are both accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).EU Business School (EU) has been certified by EduQua, the first Swiss quality label geared toward adult further education. EU is one of the schools, institutions and academies in Switzerland to be certified by EduQua.
IQA International Quality Accreditation (IQA) was specifically designed to address the needs of business schools and other management development institutions operating in the dynamically changing environments of Central and Eastern Europe. Since then, IQA has evolved to encompass a wider market and to address the unique conditions and needs of local and national environments and emerging economies. All four campuses have this accreditation.
EU Business School has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) located at 11520 West 119th Street in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the ACBSP:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in:
  1. Communication & Public Relations
  2. Leisure & Tourism Management
  3. International Relations
  4. Sports Management
  • Bachelor of Science in:
  • Business Finance
  • Digital Media Management
  • Executive Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration in:
  • International Business
  • Communication & Public Relations
  • International Marketing
  • Global Banking & Finance
  • Leisure & Tourism Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • E-Business
  • Sports Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Design Management
  • Reputation Management
  • Online Master of Business Administration

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    24 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

  • 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

Academic Requirements

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.

They 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.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 3692 International
  • EUR 2307 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 Swiss National Science Foundation, the European Union and various foundations contribute to scientific careers by providing support for individual researchers. These grants are intended for researchers (beginners or advanced) wishing to conduct a project in Switzerland or abroad. Funds usually include living expenses, travel costs and finally a contribution to research and conference expenses. Please note that doctoral students are mainly financed indirectly through SNSF or European Union grants obtained by research group leaders (check PhD funding webpage).
  • Grants to stay in / come to Switzerland
  • Grants to do Research Abroad
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