International Law

Master, PhD & LLM at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

We do not just teach you how to do law, but also how to think about law.

In a dynamic, diverse and intellectually stimulating environment, we teach our students not just how to do law, but also how to think about law, providing them with technical knowledge, practical skills and a deep understanding of how international law works.

We offer a two-year master and four-year PhD in International Law, as well as a one-year LLM with the Executive Education Programme of the Graduate Institute and specialised joint degrees with the University of Geneva and Georgetown Law School.

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  • Two-year programme providing in-depth training in international law and legal analysis
  • Ideal for those wishing to pursue a PhD or a career in research



  • One-year professional programme providing a firm grounding in public international law
  • Hones the professional skills necessary for a successful career in international law



  • Designed for outstanding students with a strong commitment to international law
  • Research supervision available for a wide range of topics


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Every student has the opportunity to specialise, but also to share ideas and to collaborate, which creates a very enriching environment.
Ariane Vincent
Master student, International Law

Our student body

The Graduate Institute, Geneva is home to students from all over the world. Roughly 1,000 students from 100 countries are enrolled in our various programmes. Our teacher/student ratio allows faculty to be very close to our students, able to help and support them.



The Graduate Institute community is on a human scale, yet fully reflective of humanity’s diversity. Its cosmopolitanism enriches students and contributes to the Institute’s expert analyses of the challenges of globalisation. 


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Funding opportunities

Affordable tuition fees and high levels of financial aid enable our MA and PhD students to complete their studies with less pressure. Financial support for the doctoral programme is available through a mix of scholarships, teaching and research assistant positions, and external grants, such as those from the Swiss National Foundation.



90% of our students find work within four months of graduation. An international law degree from the Graduate Institute opens the door for students to embark upon a career not only in the field of international law, but also in political affairs, diplomacy and a variety of other fields, both in the public and private sector. Students will have the opportunity to garner valuable legal writing and research skills that are highly sought after in the job market.


Professor Andrea Bianchi, Director of Studies at the Graduate Institute, discusses what makes the Institute so unique and shares his thoughts on academic excellence.


Academic excellence

A cosmopolitan community

international career

high levels of financial aid

International Geneva

A vibrant alumni community