Online PhD in International Law and Treaty Law


Program Type

Program Type: PhD

School / Institute

School of Diplomacy and Global Affairs

Study Mode

Online (Asynchonous)


Target duration: 3 to 3.5 years


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 in international law 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, iNGOs 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:

  • Law of International organizations
  • European law
  • Human rights law
  • Treaty drafting and case studies.



Applicants should have a relevant Master’s degree (LLB or similar) issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO-IAU 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 a position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.

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Program Outline

Course Name

International Academic Writing (Doctorate)


Argumentation and Critical Thinking


International Law and Treaty Law (1)


International Intellectual Property


Doctoral Thesis 1/5


Doctoral Thesis 2/5


Doctoral Thesis 3/5


Doctoral Thesis 4/5


Doctoral Thesis 5/5

Total Credit Hours (USCH):

Note: to consult the current and official curriculum/list of courses from the EUCLID CMS database, please visit: EUCLID Available Degree Programs and follow the program link.

Employment Outlook

The EUCLID PhD in International Law and Treaty Law program provides outstanding professional and academic preparation for a successful career in academia, governmental and high-level position dealing with the administration and application of international law. It is also of special interest to attorneys (barristers/lawyers) as well as journalists and authors who desire to expand and establish their expertise in international law and treaty law.

Why Study @ EUCLID?

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

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