When it was established in 2008, the MIDS was the forerunner to specialized education in international dispute settlement. Throughout the years, and based on its outstanding faculty, educational methodology and careful selection of students, the MIDS reputation has grown and consolidated as the leading program in the field.

With the launch of its Online Section, the MIDS seeks to be once more at the forefront of the educational offering in the field of international dispute settlement. Indeed, not only has the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the need for providing students and young professionals with the opportunity to pursue their education while respecting their sanitary choices and travel constraints; the increasingly competitive and fast moving job market in international dispute settlement is calling for new and more flexible educational and networking options which give anyone the possibility to access a prestigious degree without disrupting their professional and personal life.

The MIDS Online Section aims exactly at that: bringing flexibility while ensuring the same high-profile and quality education as the on-campus original program.

The MIDS, simply online

The MIDS provides a first-rate education in international dispute settlement. While this has always been true for our traditional on-campus teaching, it is also true of our online program.

The MIDS Online Section applies the same equivalent requirements and has the same educational objectives as the on-campus program. The class size is also relatively small to ensure maximal interaction between faculty and students. Only its pedagogy has been adapted to incorporate innovative teaching formats and technologies inspired by the best practices developed in recent years, in order to adapt to the specificities of distance learning.

Students enrolled in the MIDS Online Section who have satisfied all the requirements of the program will received a MIDS diploma, with the degree of a Master of Advanced Study in Law / LL.M., as if they were in Geneva.

Students already enrolled in the MIDS 2020-2021 program in Geneva will be offered the possibility to choose to take the program partly or entirely online should the situation so require. The schedule of both sections of the program in 2020-2021 guarantees that those students will have the possibility of switching almost seamlessly from the Online Section to the On-Campus Section.

A carefully designed curriculum with an adapted pedagogy

Content-wise, the curriculum of the Online Section is similar to the traditional program in residence. Some elements do differ, but both offerings are of equivalent excellence. The structure is in both cases largely elective and offers students sufficient latitude to pursue their specific interests while acquiring indispensable knowledge in international dispute settlement within set parameters.

The pedagogics applied to each component of the curriculum may vary according to the specificities and instructional objectives of each of them. Throughout the academic year, students enrolled in the Online Section will be informed in advance of the choice of method and platform and be assisted in their use.

For the academic year 2020-2021, the curriculum for the Online Section of the MIDS includes:

The main difference in the curriculum between the Online Section and the On-Campus Section concerns the attendance at the two conferences and the two study visits. These are mandatory elements of the on-campus curriculum and require the physical presence of the students. For networking and credits obtention purposes, they are replaced by MIDS Online Seminars, a new feature specific to the MIDS Online Section curriculum. Distance students will be required to attend all the MIDS Online Seminars in addition to the standard seminars all MIDS students have to attend.

Students admitted for the Online Section in one year will be required to complete the full curriculum within ten months (September to June), followed by up to two months of independent research and writing of their master thesis.

Those students opting for the two-year program are requested to take at least the two General Courses and all the Tutorials (including the 2 research papers) during the first year (September through June). The master thesis may be submitted during the first or the second year. The deadline for submission is discussed and agreed with the student, the supervisor and the MIDS team in the course of the first year.

The MIDS Community

The 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.

The MIDS experience is characterized by a perfect combination of high-quality learning and, non-less essential, numerous social and networking opportunities. The Online Section has the same ambition: it is designed in a way that brings our distance students as closely as possible to the experience they would have had in Geneva.

Students enrolled in the MIDS Online Section are part of the MIDS Community, and we want them to feel like they belong to it from day one of the program.

They will equally benefit from the MIDS central position at the heart of legal Geneva and, more broadly, through its ever-expanding network closely linked to the legal profession in Europe and beyond.

For that purpose, additional spaces are included in the online program to allow for close student-to-student contacts, students-to-faculty interactions, students-to-MIDS Alumni exchanges and, also, exposure to leading dispute settlement practitioners. One of these new privileged spaces are the MIDS Online Seminars. These seminars, specifically organized for the MIDS program, feature prominent professionals coming from various areas of dispute settlement. They aim at offering MIDS Online students equivalent networking opportunities with established practitioners as they would have had during the study trips of the on-campus program. The program also organizes personalized small group gatherings (typically 4-5 students) for a discussion with one of the distinguished members of our network. These meetings are organised throughout the year and seek to meet as much as possible the respective interests of the distance students.

To strengthen the sense of community and broaden the MIDS experience, we plan to organise an optional gathering on our campus, in Geneva, to bring together our students in the On-Campus and Online Section around an academic event. Its timing will depend on the evolution of the global health situation and travel restrictions.

A one- or two-year program

The MIDS Online Section provides additional flexibility by allowing distance students to take the program in one or two years.

The one-year program follows the overall academic calendar of the MIDS on-campus, thereby requiring a rather intensive effort from its students. MIDS students enrolled in the on-campus section have little opportunities to distract themselves from the demanding program throughout the year; completing this intensive program in one year is also part of the usual MIDS experience and a quality acknowledged by professionals.

On the other hand, completing the program over two years allows for a deeper integration of the knowledge while offering the additional advantage of accommodating professional and personal life constrains more easily.

Both options result in the same MIDS diploma. Both options allow students facing financial difficulties to save the living expenses of Geneva.

Career Services

Career services are a distinctive feature of the MIDS program. We actively help students, be they in Geneva or studying remotely, develop the skills and confidence required to succeed in breaking into the international market of dispute settlement.

All MIDS students, irrespective of their location, benefit from the following career services support: career planning, resume reviewing, networking skills coaching, mock interviews, and after-interview debriefing sessions.

MIDS students, both in Geneva and abroad, are responsible for undertaking all the necessary steps with the relevant administrative authorities for the obtention of visas and other permits. The MIDS assists all its students in the same manner, and issues all required certificates of enrolment and attendance requested in such processes. However, it can neither guarantee, process such applications, nor intervene with the said authorities on behalf of its students.

You can download the brochure of the MIDS Online Section 2020-2021 here.

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