Our PhD programme

PhD in international law


  • Designed for outstanding students with a strong commitment to international law and a proven ability to carry out independent research.
  • A highly stimulating, intellectual environment.
  • Research supervision covers 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.


Curriculum overview

  • 2 compulsory courses (12 credits)
  • 3 elective courses in the discipline of specialisation (18 credits)
  • Preliminary thesis dissertation (30 credits)
  • Option to choose minor in another discipline (18 credits)
  • Dissertation

    Total of 60 credits or 78 (with minor)
MPT Guidelines IL
International Law

PhD Guidelines for Drafting the MPT


The P8 programme, initiated by Swissuniversities in 2019, aims to enhance digital skills in education. Specifically focused on supporting universities, the programme offers workshops for PhD students from the Geneva Graduate Institute.  These workshops combine traditional presentations with practical exercises to impart knowledge and skills, creating new learning opportunities. While these workshops do not provide academic credits, students who attend and complete a workshop will receive a certificate.  Further information regarding upcoming workshops and our previous workshops can be found on the Libguide