This Program aims to develop the capacity of students to resolve legal problems arising in the field of international cooperation and in the international community. Those who successfully complete this Program will receive a Master of Laws degree. Many graduates go on to work in international organizations or pursue other highly competitive careers. Students in this Program who focus on International Law are provided with state-of-the-art international legal expertise, especially in the most competitive fields such as human rights, environment and trade. Including International Fieldwork and Internships as integral parts of the Program ensure that students are exposed to the practice of international law. The Program for Careers in International Organizations offers a range of support for those who aspire to work in international organizations as legal officers.

An emerging field of international cooperation focuses on building essential legal and institutional infrastructure in the developing countries and countries in transition. Students wishing to contribute to this field focus on Law and Development, using new concepts in international cooperation such as "rule of law," "governance," and "civil society" to study the dynamic process of law and institution change in particular socio-economic settings.

Our program has a dual structure; the Japanese program starts in April and the English program starts in October.

Focus and Goals

This program was established for students who have a master's degree and would like to conduct more advanced research. Students are expected to meet high research standards and it is hoped they will acquire jobs at institutions such as universities, research institutes, or international organizations.


In the doctoral program, students are required to take Advanced Research (8 credits) and Advanced Research Presentation (2 credits). They must also earn a total of at least 4 credits from the following: Workshop I, Workshop II, Internship, Advanced Overseas Research, and International Organization Management (2 credits each). Students must also receive instruction regarding the writing of their thesis from their academic supervisor.

Study Requirements and Degrees Granted

Students must have first completed a master’s program and hold a master’s degree or the equivalent. Students are required to take a candidacy examination before completing their doctoral thesis. Students who have obtained the status of doctoral candidate and completed their thesis must pass a final examination and have their thesis approved by the GSICS Faculty. The standard course of study is three years. For students of exceptional capability, the duration of study may be shortened.

Key Information

  • Degree Programme
    Doctor of Philosophy,
    Doctor of Laws
  • Subject area
    International Law/
    Law and Development Program
  • Duration
    3 years


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Contact Us

Academic Affairs Office/ Faculty Office
2-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-8501 Japan
Tel. +81(0)78-803-7267
E-mail: gsics-kyomu@office.kobe-u.
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