The Graduate Institute is located at the heart of international legal affairs. Not only does Geneva lay claim to hosting the European headquarters of the United Nations, but it is also the seat of numerous international and non-governmental organisations (e.g. the WTO, WIPO, WHO, WMO, ILO, OCHA, UNHCR, ICRC, IMO, UNICEF, GAVI Alliance, The Global Fund, MSF, UNECE, IUCN, CITES, Ramsar and the WWF, to name but a few), multinational companies, a variety of dispute settlement fora and many global law firms (e.g. Baker & Mckenzie, King & Spalding, Lalive, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Sidley Austin, White & Case, Winston & Strawn). As a result, there is a wealth of opportunities for legal internships, traineeships and employment. Further still, the design of the LL.M. Programme - combined with the close institutional links that The Graduate Institute has in Geneva - is conducive to gaining an insight into these organisations and for networking.
Geneva is also one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Being as it is a mixing pot of over 180 nationalities, Geneva is an ideal place to understand different cultures, traditions and backgrounds from around the globe. Indeed, cultural sensitivity is a fundamentally important skill for an international lawyer. In a similar way, Geneva also presents a valuable opportunity to learn new languages and give yourself a distinct advantage in the global employment market. In short, Geneva really does offer fertile ground on which to cultivate international lawyers.