International Law

Our world-renowned Faculty train international lawyers in a tradition of academic excellence at the heart of multilateral Geneva. We offer well-rounded legal-curricula to ensure our students acquire the substantive knowledge and skills they need to become outstanding international lawyers. Students benefit from an unrivalled student-faculty ratio, one of the world’s broadest course-offerings in international law and exposure to international legal practice in Geneva.

International law at The Graduate Institute has a distinguished tradition going back to the 1930s – Hans Kelsen, then a professor at the Institute, published Pure Theory of Law in 1934. Since then, many of the greatest international lawyers of each successive generation, who have shaped the way we think of international law, have worked at the Institute as either faculty members or visiting professors. Many have also held significant posts in the practice of international law. A number of department members have also contributed to the development of international law and its codification.