Each year, during the summer session, the René Cassin Foundation – International Institute of Human Rights organizes three tests for the Diploma in International and Comparative Human Rights Law.

Created in 1971, this diploma of excellence has been awarded to 218 candidates representing 697 countries.

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The René Cassin Foundation Diploma is open to participants in the annual teaching session who already have a thorough knowledge of international and comparative human rights law (post-graduate, L.L.M. or Master level).

It is completely separate from the summer session certificate of achievement and has specific terms and conditions and registration fees.


The diploma tests can be taken in French or in English and take place over several days. They are organized as follows:

  • A 5-hour written exam on an essay topic of your choice. The candidate may deal with a topic related to the specific subject of the session or with a general topic related to international and comparative human rights law
  • A practical case presented during a one-hour oral on a subject chosen at random by the candidate. The latter has 24 hours to prepare it.
  • A 30-minute oral for which the candidate has two hours of preparation time.
The candidate must obtain a minimum of 12/20 in each test to obtain the diploma.



Don’t hesitate to consult the annals of the diploma tests of the last years:

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