The Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations was founded by Dr Murphy, an experienced diplomat, in 2003. GSD opened its doors with, in the first year, eleven Master’s degree students. At the beginning of Year 4 GSD had already educated some 134 students. Numbers have increased each academic year. Some six of GSD’s doctorate students are serving ambassadors to the United Nations. Among GSD’s honorary doctorates are one President of a country, one former Prime Minister and one winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace. It can therefore be understood that while GSD is relatively “new”, its President and faculty are actually long-time well-known figures in the diplomatic world and international community.
The legal status of GSD is a Société Anonyme incorporated under Swiss Law, authorised by the Department of Public Instruction of Geneva, and EduQua certified.