Switzerland, Geneva

International Law & International Humanitarian Law

when 26 June 2017 - 14 July 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee CHF 1200

Geneva has long been one of the world’s capitals of international law. The presence of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and many other international organizations and NGOs make it a buzzing place in the field. This breeding ground naturally led to the focus and strength of the University of Geneva in international law. This summer course provides one of the easiest ways to have access to that world.


This course is made for students who are intrigued by international law or marvel at its day-to-day interactions with international politics, affairs and business. This is the opportunity for such students to get a crash course to introduce them to this fast moving, intellectually thrilling and profoundly humane field of the law. The course is shaped so as to bring out the best of current issues in international law, while remaining accessible to non-specialists and seeking to broach the main principles of “International Law 101”, so as to allow enthusiasts to go further.


The 2017 programme comprises the following courses (subject to minor modifications and adjustments):

>> WEEKS 1 and 2: Summer School in International Law

Foundational courses:
- Sustainable development: 7h
- Non-state actors: 7h
- Politics of International Law: : 7h
- International dispute settlement: 7h



Specific insights:
- International investment protection: a failed experiment?: 3h
- The challenge of climate change: 3h
- The South China Sea Dispute: 3h
- International law and diplomats: 3h
- International law and Gender: 3h

>> WEEK 3: additional module on International Humanitarian Law

Course content:
- International Humanitarian Law today: 4h
- Refugee law: 4h
- Challenges of the International Criminal Court: 4h
- Terrorism: 4h
- Targeted killings: 4h
- International humanitarian law and human rights: 4h


Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will have a general understanding of some of the cutting-edge issues in international law today. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge.

Course leader

Professor Makane Mbengue
Academic Director
University of Geneva

Professor Thomas Schultz
Graduate Institute, Geneva

Target group

Upper-year undergraduates, Master's degree students, Professionals. Course taught in English. Professionals can choose to take only specific parts of the program. For details on this possibility, please contact us.

Course aim

At the end of this course, participants will have a general understanding of some of the cutting-edge issues in international law today. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge.

Credits info

6 ECTS
Participants are evaluated based on a take-home paper, to be written within a month after the end of the summer school.
Equivalence of 6 ECTS (weeks 1 and 2) or 9 ECTS (weeks 1, 2, 3)



Each summer school will indicate its equivalence in ECTS credits in its description. Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion of the course if they satisfy attendance and evaluation requirements. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it at their home university prior to participating in the course.

Fee info

CHF 1200: >> FINAL DEADLINE (May 1st, 2017):

1) International Law (weeks 1 and 2): 2,000 CHF

2) International Law + with additional module in Humanitarian Law (weeks 1, 2 and 3): 2,500 CHF

3) Additional module in Humanitarian Law alone (week 3 alone): 1,200 CHF


>Fees do not include housing or travel.