Public International Law, Humanitarian Law, Int’l IP Law, & Human Rights Law

Application InformationApplications are now closed for 2015

Classes: June 14 – July 10, 2015 (5 units)

Internships: June 22 ~ July 31, 2015 (3-5 units)

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Mix & Match: Before classes in Geneva, many students participate in the complementary program in international criminal law at The Hague.

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Classes: Public International Law, Humanitarian Law, Int’l IP Law & Human Rights (5 units)


An unsurpassed opportunity for students of human rights. Students study public international, human rights, humanitarian and international IP law, at a very appropriate location — Geneva, the birth place of the international human rights movement, and the European headquarters for the United Nations. The program includes visits to, and briefings at, the key UN and international institutions located in Geneva. The seminars are taught in the mornings, and site visits are scheduled in the afternoons. Classes are held at the Webster University, located in the residential lakeside commune of Bellevue. By special arrangements, students may be permitted to enroll in Week 1 and Week 2 for 2 units of credit; the first 3 weeks of the program for 4 units of credit; or the entire 4 week program for 5 units of credit.

Application deadline for classes only is March 23, 2015.


Internships in the human rights field are available in Geneva, London, Paris, Ireland and Ghana by special arrangement. For more information, please contact the Geneva Program Director, Professor Vinita Bali. Internships in Geneva, Paris, Ghana, London, and Ireland are now waitlisted. The application deadline for classes with an internship as a part of the Geneva program has now passed.

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional deposit of $700  for the internship (if applicable) is required to secure your spot.  The deposits are applied to the tuition charge.

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.

Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for  financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information)

Housing in Geneva

Students are required to stay in one of two available options:

Residence Les Berges du Rhone – Webster University: The residence, Les Berges du Rhone, is a V shaped edifice, located on the banks of the river Rhone and facing the ‘Pont de Sous-Terre’. All units vary in size due to the configuration of the building, a former Rolex watch-making factory. Amenities include: handicap access, wireless internet access, coin operated laundry facilities, student lounge, public transportation near by, security cameras and security guard check.

The Living and Learning Center – Webster University: A single studio is a single occupancy unit compromising of one room furnished with a bed, bedside table, wardrobe, desk and book shelf, and equipped with a kitchenette and a private bathroom (shower and toilet). A double unit has two individual bedrooms. Each bedroom houses one one student and is furnished with a bed, wardrobe, desk, and bookshelf. The two students share a small living area with a dining table, the kitchenette and a bathroom. This is where your classes will be held. The campus is located in the residential lakeside commune of Bellevue. The train ride from campus to the center of Geneva is only 9 minutes.

Note: Priority order for room preference will be based on when students submitted their online application and deposit . Students will select their preferred housing type in April 2015. Prices will be available closer to that date. Students will be financially responsible to Santa Clara Law for any damage to the rooms or furnishings.

Exploring The Area

Geneva is a beautiful and sophisticated city nestled in the foothills of both the French and Swiss Alps. Lake Leman divides the city, with the old city and university on one side and the United Nations Organization, train station and airport on the other. Montreux and Lausanne are nearby, and Florence, Paris and other magnificent sites are easily accessible on the weekends. Hiking opportunities in the Alps abound. You can stroll by the lake, take a traditional steamer to one of the many villages, or simply enjoy the vista of the snow-covered Mount Blanc towering in the distance. Enjoy fondue? Try one of the many outdoor cafes surrounding the cathedral in the old town.

Travel Information

ACE Insurance/Europe Assistance Information (all students enrolled in the program are covered)
US State Department Tips for Traveling Abroad
US State Department Travel Safety Information
US Department of State Country Specific Information
US Embassies/Consulates
US Department of State: Passport Services
US Department of State Worldwide Caution
Centers for Disease Control Health Information
Traveling with Disabilities in Switzerland 
Additional Disabilities information for Switzerland 
Traveling with Disabilities in the UK 
Traveling with Disabilities in the Ghana
Traveling with Disabilities in the Ireland


Summer 2014 Student Evaluation for Geneva: Overall Experience 4.44 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

“Overall, I found the professors during the summer program interesting, approachable, and very knowledgeable.” Anonymous (2012)

“Santa Clara’s programs at The Hague and Geneva significantly altered the course of my life. The programs gave me the opportunity to network with personnel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, as a result of which I was offered a semester-long externship at the UN. I was inspired by Santa Clara faculty, who have helped me craft a meaningful career in international law.” William Fife III, Florida Coastal University (2011)

“Overall a great learning experience.” Raheel Hayat, University of the Pacific McGeorge (2009)

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Enrollment Limit: 30 students for class