PhD Programme

  • Designed for outstanding students with a strong commitment to international law and a proven ability to carry out independent research work.
  • Highly stimulating, intellectual environment.
  • Research supervision available to cover a wide range of topics.
  • Students receive extensive intellectual support throughout their research, via formal supervision, specialised doctoral seminars and a wide range of events.


Early admission deadline

  • Application deadline: 15 November 2018*
  • Decision notification: mid-January 2019

Regular admission deadline

  • Application deadline: 15 January 2019**
  • Decision notification: mid-March 2019

Late admission deadline

  • Application deadline: 1 March 2019**
  • Decision notification: early April  2019

Applications for 2019 will open mid-September 2018.

* This deadline is recommended for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship applicants. If and when admitted to the Graduate Institute, we will provide a letter from your provisional research supervisor in support of your scholarship application. Applicants should not contact professors directly.
** Referees will have an additional week to submit their reference letters.