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International Law, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #110 (QS) ,
The Graduate Institute's strategic location in the heart of International Geneva enables our students to build strong personal and professional networks with legal practitioners, preparing them for successful international careers.


  • Designed for outstanding students with a strong commitment to international law and a proven ability to carry out independent research work
  • Highly stimulating intellectual environment
  • Research supervision available to cover a wide range of topics
  • Students receive extensive intellectual support throughout their research, via formal supervision, specialised doctoral seminars and a wide range of events

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Climate Change and International Law
  • Counterterrorism and International Law
  • The International Criminal Court: Selected Issues
  • International Economic Law Clinic
  • International Environmental Law and Policy
  • International Trade Law
  • Judicial Interpretation and Legal Reasoning: A Critical Approach
  • Law without the State
  • Political Justice and Human Rights: Foundational Questions
  • Research Seminar on the International Law of Energy
  • A Discourse Analysis of International Law
  • History of the Idea of International Law
  • International Health Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Law Theories
  • International Migration Law
  • International Organisations Law

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                                        General Requirements

                                        Admission requirements:
                                        • A motivation letter mentioning the specialization in econometrics
                                        • CV
                                        • A copy of their diplomas
                                        • If available, a certified copy of their bachelor and master exam transcripts
                                        • Two academic reference letters

                                        Tuition Fee

                                        • International

                                          880 EUR/year
                                          Tuition Fee
                                          Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
                                        • EU/EEA

                                          880 EUR/year
                                          Tuition Fee
                                          Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
                                        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                        Living costs for Genève

                                        • 1925 - 2850 CHF/month
                                          Living Costs

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