Courses & Professors




The CTL (30 ECTS) can be completed in one or two semesters. Students take one required course (6 ECTS) and four optional courses (6 ECTS each). 

Required Course 

Autumn Semester 2022/2023

Spring Semester 2023

Students may choose to take two of these courses on comparative methodology, but must indicate on the exam registration form which they take as the "required course" for the CTL.


Optional Courses

Autumn Semester 2022/2023

Courses in English

Courses in French

Spring Semester 2023

Courses in English

Courses in French

 *Courses indicated with an asterisk are only available to students arriving from other Swiss or foreign universities.


Seminars, Moot Courts

Students arriving from other Swiss or foreign universities may opt to replace two optional modules with a seminar (12 ECTS credits). Anyone wishing to participate in a seminar is required to notify the Student Secretariat (Office 3093) as soon as possible. Acceptance of CTL students is subject to availability; students doing their Master at UNIGE are prioritised. Information regarding the availability can be sought at the Student Secretariat.

Please note that the planning for seminars, competitions and moot courts will be determined by the professors once the registrations have been completed.


Year-long Moot Courts

Attention: The call for applications for the Moot Court in European Law in the academic year 2023/24 is now open for exchange students, the deadline is extended to May 7, 2023 at 12pm. Applications are possible even before you are enrolled for the CDT/CTL programme and the work only starts with the semester in September, so there is no need to be in Geneva beforehand. For more information, please follow this link. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sara Notario (Sara.Notario(at) or Mateusz Miłek (Mateusz.Milek(at) 


Autumn Semester 2022/23

Spring Semester 2023


Courses at the Graduate Institute**

+++ Please note: Information on how to sign up to courses at the Graduate Institute will be shared during the CDT/CTL welcome session at the start of the semester +++

Two of the optional courses may be completed through cross-registration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). CTL students are exceptionally admitted to courses at the Graduate Institute after a minimum of two years of studies. Eligible courses (6 ECTS each) may include:

Autumn Semester 2022

  • Climate Change and International Law, Anne Saab
  • Diplomatic and Consular Law (3 ECTS), Daryna Abbakumova****
  • Disarmament and Arms Control: Current Issues (3 ECTS), Cécile Aptel****
  • Génocide et responsabilité internationale, Paola Gaeta
  • International Trade Law, Jan Bohanes
  • International Environmental Law and Policy, Jorge E. Viñuales
  • Law of the Sea: Current Challenges, Zachary Douglas
  • Law without the State, Thomas Schultz
  • Regulating the Internet, Neha Mishra
  • Research Seminar on International Law Theories, Andrea Bianchi***
  • Research Seminar on the International Law of Energy, Jorge E. Viñuales
  • The Law and Practice of International Organizations, Gian Luca Burci
  • The Politics of International Law, Nico Krisch
  • The Theory and Practice of Treaty Interpretation, Andrea Bianchi***

Spring Semester 2023

  • Change, Stability and Resilience in International Law, Nico Krisch
  • Compliance with International Law: Theories and Mechanisms, Fuad Zarbiyev
  • Global Health Law, Gian Luca Burci
  • International Intellectual Property Law: Current Issues (3 ECTS), Edward Kwakwa****
  • International Investment Law, Dolores Bentolila, Nathalie Bernasconi & Michele Potesta
  • International Law and Development: Global South Perspetives, Luis Eslava
  • International Tax Law, Alice Pirlot
  • Legal Aspects of International Project and Development Finance (3 ECTS), Jelena Madir****
  • Research Seminar on the Use of Force, Andrea Bianchi***
  • TradeLab International Economic Law & Development Clinic (9 ECTS), Scott Andersen & Colette van der Ven****

 **Admission subject to the case-by-case approval of the course organiser.

 ***Number of CDT/CTL students limited. Please contact Natalia Henczel (natalia.henczel(at)

****All CDT/CTL courses are worth 6 ECTS, even those which are worth 3 or 9 ECTS at the Graduate Institute.


Courses taught in French

CTL students are free to choose up to two courses taught in French. Students who take a majority of courses in French earn the Certificat de Droit Transnational (CDT) instead of the CTL.