Online PhD in International Law and Treaty Law (DILT)

Online PhD in International Law and Treaty Law

This highly specialized PhD program offers in-depth and comprehensive coursework in international law.

It is one of the world’s only two doctoral programs in this field offered by an intergovernmental organization constituted under international law (the other being offered by the European University Institute and it is a PhD in Law more generally, with a European emphasis).

EUCLID (Pôle Universitaire Euclide | Euclid University), an international intergovernmental organization with a university mandate, offers to select students from the general public an external (distance or online) degree program called the EUCLID DILT which is a full PhD in International Law and Treaty Law.

In terms of academic progression, EUCLID’s intention is to offer a credible path leading from the LLM (24 credits) to the MSc (additional 12 credits) and finally to the PhD (another 25 credits of coursework or directed studies, followed by the dissertation).

As a public non-profit institution, EUCLID is able to offer affordable, low-tuition programs.

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Academic Presentation

This specialized PhD program focuses on the actual practice of States and intergovernmental organizations, rather than the advancement of academic knowledge for its own sake. It has primarily been designed to be used by professional diplomats working for EUCLID Participating States and can be considered an excellent route to pursue a career within governmental bodies, international law firms, academia, NGOs and international organizations.

Thanks to its low tuition and institutional relationships, it is designed to be of special interest to African and Small States students.

Within certain parameters, the curriculum is customizable, with elective courses focusing on:

  • International organizations
  • European Law
  • Maritime law
  • Treaty drafting and case studies.

Above: International Law: Lights and Shadows

Admissions / Entry Requirements for the PhD:

Applicants should have a relevant JD, LLM or Master’s degree issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO-IAU WHED handbook / database. Similar or related backgrounds with adequate professional experience may be considered.

Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) may be admitted without the required educational credential if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program.

Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested.

Students are expected to be in position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.

Tuition and Fees

Employment Outlook

The EUCLID LLM program provides outstanding professional and academic preparation to its students for a successful career in global affairs at the international, regional, national and local levels. Our alumni have been successful securing employment and promotions in government service and international organizations, including at the level of ambassador and minister.

Faculty Highlights

EUCLID’s online PhD in International Law and Treaty Law program is supported by a world-class faculty group which is truly global in scope and dedicated to high-quality interaction with each student. For each program, 3 faculty members are featured below, and the full faculty roster is accessible via the top menu.

Robin van Puyenbroeck

Pr Charles Doubane

Why study at EUCLID?

EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN registered charter and recognized expertise in international law. Join the alma mater of ambassadors and senior officials globally.

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