International Law, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition Fee
    7475 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    4671 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English, French


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 Institutes 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:
  • Communication & Public Relations
  • Leisure & Tourism Management
  • International Relations
  • 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

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Credits
      54 ECTS
    • Languages
      • English
      • French
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Courses Included:

    • Climate Change and International Law
    • Courts in World Politics
    • Current Issues in the Law and Practice of the United Nations Research Seminar
    • Droit diplomatique international
    • The Frontiers of International Law in Armed Conflict
    • International Environmental Law: Energy Research Seminar
    • International Human Rights and Humanitarian Action
    • International Trade Law, Jan Bohanes
    • The Laws of Global Governance
    • Law Without the State
    • Trade and Investment Law Clinic
    • Corporate Responsibility in Transnational and International Law
    • LEtat en droit international contemporain
    • Fundamentals of International Environmental Law
    • Group Rights as Human Rights
    • Histoire et philosophie du droit international
    • The International Framework for the Protection of Human Rights
    • International Health Law, Gian Luca Burci
    • International Institutions in Global Public Law
    • International Investment Law
    • The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court
    • The Law of Maritime Delimitation

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

    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.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      7475 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 7475 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • EU/EEA

      4671 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 4671 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • 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)

    Living costs for Genve

    1,040 - 1,140 /month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    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
    • Information about other Grants and Fellowships

    StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.