Switzerland, Geneva

International Law

when 20 June 2016 - 8 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee CHF 2300

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 and 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 Summer School in International Law is structured around three themes, one for each of the three weeks of the program: International Economic Law: Crisis and Reform; International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; and International Law and Migration. Each theme is explored through one, occasionally two, 10-12h “Foundations Course” and several 2-4h “Snapshot Courses” on advanced current topics.

Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Course leader

Professor Makane Mbengue
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

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.

Credits info

Evaluation: Participants are evaluated based on a take-home paper, to be written within a month after the end of the summer school.

Grading scheme: Swiss grading scheme. No grade for participation in class.

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 2300: DEADLINE: May 1st, 2016

Tuition fees do not include housing or accommodation.


A limited number of competitive excellence scholarships are available.

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