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, international arbitration and mediation are increasingly taking center-stage in the international legal 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 MIDS makes a difference. The MIDS uniqueness comes from its outstanding faculty and innovative educational methodology.
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.
With its unique faculty members, the MIDS catters to these needs and offer students a unique opportunity to learn from worldclass professors and practitioners.
The MIDS curriculum 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, Africa 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 (35-40 students) to ensure maximum interaction between faculty and students.
MIDS also reflects the fact that Geneva is home to over 200 international organizations and UN agencies. It therefore maintains interactions with institutions such as the WTO, WIPO, or UNCTAD. Students also have opportunities for networking with practitioners at career events, conferences, and during visits to international dispute resolution institutions such as the WTO Appellate Body or the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva; the ICJ, the PCA and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague; and the ICC in Paris.
Of critical importance to the MIDS is the placement of the students after the program. Career services play a central role and are available to the students throughout their studies at the MIDS. MIDS alumni are spread all over the world holding positions in top law firms, international organizations, arbitral institutions, justice and trade ministries of national governments, companies, international law departments at universities, or as members of the judiciary.
Comprised not only by its students and alumni, but also by the faculty, staff and a vast network of professionals working in all areas of international dispute settlement, the MIDS Community is a testament to the success and potential of the program.
MIDS is home for anyone with the ambition of becoming a well-rounded international dispute settlement lawyer and interested in gaining a thorough understanding of public and private international dispute settlement mechanisms.