Experience international law first hand, study in Geneva, the home of the UN’s European Headquarters and more than 200 international organisations.

Summer/Winter in Geneva program

Starting in January, 20 law students from the ANU College of Law can undertake an intensive 2-week course in Geneva. The program will focus especially on the work of those international organisations located in Geneva, site of the European Headquarters of the United Nations.

Particular attention will be paid to various aspects of international human rights, international trade and environmental law, and a number of other specialised areas of international law – given the location in Geneva of inter alia the WTO, the OHCHR, UNHCR, WHO, and the ICRC.


Please note, the program will not run in 2019, but may resume in 2020.

The course

Convened by an ANU Law academic, the course comprises of approximately 50-60 hours of class time. Most classes will be conducted on the premises of various international organisations (UN bodies, specialised agencies and NGOs) visited in the course of the program. In most cases, these presentations will be conducted by lawyers working at the organisation. In addition to contributions by the ANU Law academic, some of the classes may be conducted by Geneva-based academics and by officials in international organisations with academic experience.

All classes and visits will be conducted in English; knowledge of French is not required. Assessment for the course will principally take the form of an essay on an approved topic, to be completed by the participants early in the first semester, following their return to Australia.

Selection criteria

  1. Participation in the program is restricted to LLBHons, LLBHons/combined degree or JD students, and students undertaking a graduate course of study specialising in International Law.
  2. Only applicants who have completed at least a semester-length general International Law course will be considered.
  3. Only students enrolled at ANU are eligible to apply for the program.
  4. Priority will be given to later year LLBHons, LLB/combined degree or JD students (e.g. students who have less than 12 semester-length courses (law and/or non-law) left to complete after the end of the current academic year).
  5. Preference will be given to students who have completed additional international law electives.
  6. Academic merit will be taken into account in selecting applicants.

Application form and Terms & Conditions

Log in to WATTLE using your student ID and password to see the LLB, JD or LLM program site where a PDF about the program will provide further information. Applications are submitted through the Program Sites in WATTLE.


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