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The past decades have seen a radical increase in international dispute settlement procedures, especially in the fields of international commerce, investment and the protection of the environment. International courts and tribunals, international arbitration and mediation are increasingly taking center-stage in the international legal and economic arena. Positions in the corresponding departments of major law firms and in international dispute settlement institutions consequently have become among the most sought-after jobs in the field of law. To succeed, candidates for these positions must distinguish themselves, which is exactly where this program will be of assistance.

Increasingly, international disputes involve both private and public international law issues. Dispute settlement mechanisms overlap, conflict, and influence each other. The times when specialization in one field was sufficient are gone. Leaders in the field must now have a solid understanding of all the major international dispute settlement tools worldwide.

Our program is designed to meet the educational needs that arise from this evolution. It teaches about dispute settlement from a holistic perspective and covers all its aspects, both private and public. It is global in terms of format and faculty. The professors are some of the most prominent experts in each field of international dispute settlement and come from the USA, South America, Asia and throughout Europe. Its structure combines the multicultural approach to legal studies in Continental Europe with the interactive teaching method of the United States and the small-group tutorial system of Oxford and Cambridge. Class size is kept relatively small (about 35-40 students) to ensure maximum interaction between faculty and students.

Our program also reflects the fact that Geneva is home to over 200 international organizations and UN agencies. It therefore maintains many interactions with institutions such as the WTO or WIPO. Students also have opportunities for networking with practitioners in career events, conferences, and visits to international dispute resolution institutions such as the WTO Appellate Body, the ICJ in The Hague and the ICC in Paris. Internships can also be arranged for students.

If you are interested in a legal career with the top law firms, international organizations, justice or trade ministries of national governments, or as members of the judiciary handling international cases, if you have the ambition of working on high-stakes disputes, or if you are interested in gaining a thorough understanding of international dispute settlement and pursue an academic career in it, then this program is for you.

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If you would like to know what each MIDS program involved, and what program developments and extensions we have implemented over time, please read our Annual Reports. The reports recap the students' main activities and captures some of the year's highlights. It also presents the current program, and outlines the main developments that we have implemented for the subsequent years.