PhD in International Law and Treaty Law


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Program Description

EUCLID, 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 DILT or EUCLID Doctorate in International Law and Treaty Law (which is a full Ph.D.). As a public non-profit institution, EUCLID is able to offer affordable, low-tuition programs.

This online LLM in international law, representing 90 US credits beyond the Bachelor's, is the world's only Ph.D. programs in this field, offered by an intergovernmental organization itself constituted under international law (the European University Institute offers a Ph.D. in Law more generally).

Partial scholarships are available ECOWAS residents and the permanent staff of intergovernmental organizations.


This doctoral program degree focuses on the actual practice of States and intergovernmental organizations, rather than the advancement of academic knowledge for its own sake. This program was designed to be used by professional diplomats working for the EUCLID Participating States and can be considered an excellent route to pursue a career within governmental bodies, international law firms, NGOs and international organizations. It is also very well suited for lawyers (attorneys, barristers) desiring to acquire a higher level of international legal expertise with an LLM credential. 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 Ph.D. (another 25 credits of coursework or directed studies, followed by the dissertation). Within certain parameters, the program is customizable, with elective courses focusing on:

  • International organizations
  • International Business Law
  • European Law
  • Maritime law
  • Treaty drafting, negotiation, and application.


Required Courses:

  • ACA-401L (International Academic and Legal Writing)
  • TPH-499 (Argumentation and Critical Thinking)
  • LAW-INT1 (International Law Core Part 1)
  • LAW-INT2 (International Law Core Part 2)
  • THESIS (Ph.D. Thesis, 25 US credits)

Optional / Elective Courses (list may not be exhaustive):

  • DIP-406A (International Organizations)
  • LAW-INT3 (US perspectives)
  • LAW-LOS (Maritime Law / Law of the Seas)
  • LAW-ICJ (Maritime Law / Law of the Seas)
  • LAW-TAX (International Taxation Issues)
  • LLM-IIP (International Intellectual Property)
  • LLM-IBL (International Business Law)
  • LLM-ISDS (Investor-state dispute settlement)


This program will deliver not only a recognized credential, valuable for legal practitioners but indeed actual expert-level knowledge in key aspects of international legal practice. It will greatly enhance the competency and career prospects of diplomats, civil servants, lawyers, international consultants, and specialized journalists or authors. It is well suited for individuals seeking high-level careers in government service, international organizations and in academia.


Applicants must have a Master’s degree or its international equivalent in a relevant field, issued by an institution that is properly recognized by the national authority (Ministry of Higher Education or similar body). Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) may be admitted without a Master’s degree 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 a position to dedicate at least 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.


EUCLID has ongoing enrollment (intake) for this program. It is acceptable to apply several months in advance but it is recommended to apply 60-40 days in advance. General public slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last updated Mar 2018

About the School

EUCLID is, like the European Central Bank, NATO or the African Union, an international intergovernmental organization (IGO).

EUCLID is, like the European Central Bank, NATO or the African Union, an international intergovernmental organization (IGO). Read less
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