The International Law Department of the Graduate Institute offers one of the richest clinical programmes on international law, worldwide. Law clinics are composed of small groups of highly qualified and carefully selected students of the Graduate Institute who do pro bono work for an actual beneficiary (most often an NGO, government or international organisation) on a real-life project, such as research, to support a treaty negotiation, an assessment of international law compliance or implementation, or preparation for possible litigation or arbitration.
Faculty and other professionals with longstanding experience in the field closely supervise the students’ work. Clinics are win-win for all involved: beneficiaries get expert work done for free and build capacity; students learn by doing, obtain academic credits and expand their network; faculty and expert supervisors share their knowledge on cutting-edge issues and are able to attract or hire top students with proven skills. Clinical projects can be conducted on a (partial or fully) confidential basis (where beneficiaries do not want to share the output of the work or even the fact that the project is taking place, given the sensitivity of the issues involved) or on an open basis (where students' work can be shared with the broader public).
In all cases, clinical work done by students at the Graduate Institute is offered on a pro bono basis as a pedagogical exercise. It is important for beneficiaries to understand that this is not professional legal advice and in no way establishes a client-attorney relationship. Thanks to the diversity and professional networks of our Faculty, the outstanding quality of our students, and our location in Geneva, at the heart of international law, we are able to offer our students four unique legal clinics:
- TradeLab International Economic Law Clinic
- LL.M. International Law Clinic
- Migrants’ Rights Law Clinic
- Legal Issues in International Organizations Clinic
All documents and communications issued by Graduate Institute Clinics are for research purposes only and on a pro-bono basis engaged in by students. The Clinics are a pedagogical exercise to train students in the practice of international law; they do not, and cannot, provide professional legal advice. No client-attorney relation is, at any time, established. No Clinic document or other communication can in any way bind, or lead to any form of liability or responsibility for its authors, the supervisors of the Clinic or the Graduate Institute.