MIDS Introduction Session

News MIDS Introduction Session 2019

On Monday, September 16th, the MIDS team was enthusiastically prepared to welcome the new batch of 43 MIDS students coming from 20 different countries. The students were eager to demonstrate their motivation and skills in order to show the high quality of their profiles which enabled them to be selected to participate in the 12th edition of the MIDS LL.M. program in International Dispute Settlement.

The MIDS LL.M. curriculum will officially start with the General Course, which constitutes the course’s foundation and is taught by the four Professors constituting the MIDS Committee: Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Prof. Thomas Schultz, Prof. Marcelo Kohen and Prof. Zachary Douglas. During the academic year, students will attend this General Course 4 hours per week with an expected 12 hours of personal work on top of that. These courses are combined with tutorials which are sessions given by the two MIDS Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows: Dr. Dafina Atanasova and Lorenzo Palestini. They consist of weekly interactions between tutors and a group of 10 students which aim to revisit and explore in more detail the key concepts addressed in the General Course. In addition, each student has to submit two research papers that will be discussed with all the participants.

On top of the General Course, students will have to successfully pass at least 8 intensive courses from a selection of 15. These courses are given by internationally renowned Professors in their field and provide an opportunity to focus on a specialized dispute settlement mechanism or to study a specific issue which arises in particular dispute settlement settings, and to reflect on matters of legal theory or certain philosophical aspects of dispute settlement. Intensive courses typically consist of nine hours of class, usually taught over two or three days. Students will also have to choose a minimum of 2 optional courses from a selection of Graduate Institute and University of Geneva Law Faculty courses.

Throughout the year, students will also need to attend workshops on different themes which will enable them to improve their writing skills, expand their oral advocacy abilities, bring them to the state of the art in settlement techniques and to familiarize them with the work of financial expert witnesses. A series of events and lectures will also complete the course as well as opportunities for students to attend different conferences in Europe. Students will also have the privilege to participate in study trips to the: ICC in Paris; ICJ, PCA and Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in the Hague; WTO and WIPO in Geneva.

Last but not least, students will also be required to submit a 18’000 – 20’000 word thesis presenting an original well substantiated argument drawing from different sources on an international dispute settlement topic.

Students had many questions during the introduction day and although they were a bit overwhelmed by the quantity of information they were happy to embark on this rich and challenging journey. The MIDS team is looking to get more acquainted with the students during the traditional Papon dinner in the historical old town of Geneva on Tuesday 17 September, in the evening.



MIDS Introduction Session 2019
MIDS Introduction Session 2019

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