Legal Issues in International Organisations Clinic



Subject matter: international organisations law, law of global governance, as well as legal issues arising in the practice of international organisations

Open to:  all students of the Graduate Institute with the required background (including, on occasion, non-law students) except for LLM students

Requests for pro bono help may be sent to:  Gian Luca Burci ( or Nico Krisch (

The aim of this clinic is to assist students in developing a fuller set of skills required to address increasingly complex global problems. It focuses on current legal questions related to the activities of international organisations, both concerning the substance of an organisation’s work and its structure,  internal working and procedures. Students will work in small teams under the supervision of the instructors on projects for client organisations, either in Geneva or abroad. The precise focus of the projects will be determined in cooperation with the organisations, based on their current needs and interests. The clinic will begin with a number of seminar sessions which will introduce students to the framework in which legal issues in international organisations are embedded, and the skills required to address such issues. Work on the projects may include meetings and interviews with the client organisation. At the end of the semester, the groups will submit written legal memos and orally present their projects. Spaces are limited to around 10-15 students and allocated based on CV, acquired knowledge of international organisations law and the nature of the projects.

Important Disclaimer:

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.