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LL.M. Program Overview

The Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) is a one-year full-time graduate degree program providing the opportunity of an in-depth and high-profile study of international dispute settlement from a broad range of perspectives. The program covers all current approaches to the subject matter, including private and public international law, and delves into today's relevant fields, such as commercial and investment arbitration, WTO dispute resolution and proceedings before the ICJ.

Students are admitted for one academic year of study in residence (September through June), typically followed by up to two months of independent research and writing, leading to the degree of Master of Advanced Study in Law / LL.M. The structure of our largely elective program is such that it offers students sufficient latitude to pursue their specific interests in dispute settlement while keeping within parameters that we set to ensure the acquisition of the indispensable knowledge in the field.

A typical curriculum includes:

  • Two general courses providing a comprehensive overview of international dispute settlement.
  • Eight intensive courses from a choice of 15 courses.
  • Two optional courses drawn from a list of about 25 classes relating to international dispute settlement, international law and business law.
  • Weekly tutorials held in small groups.
  • Workshops in legal writing skills, advocacy in arbitration (run by the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy), financial damage analysis and mediation.
  • A two-day academic retreat.
  • Site visits to international dispute settlement institutions in Geneva, Paris and The Hague.
  • Participation in at least two major academic conferences and symposia in Switzerland and abroad.
  • Several high-profile lectures specifically organized for the program.
  • Students write two short essays and a 40-50 page master thesis.
  • Career events with practitioners working in law firms.

If you prefer to download a single pdf document that containts all relevant information, please have a copy of our 2017-2018 Brochure.