M.A. in International Law and Diplomacy (in partnership with UPEACE) The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
The Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy (online and hybrid formats) is a two-year. graduate program permitting students to specialize in the interface between international law and diplomacy. It will not only broaden students' knowledge in the field of international law and its various foundational dimensions but will also equip them with knowledge and skills to work in the field of diplomacy and related international careers.
During this program, students will analyze the different dimensions of international law including those related to law-making, armed conflicts, human rights, economic relations, territorial and maritime disputes, and environmental disputes as well as those related to the theory and practice of diplomacy in the 21st century including dispute settlement and conflict resolution. Students will also attend skills development sessions that are designed to support their professional careers and employability.
This unique program, backed by the United Nations, is designed to give students a first-hand experience in the field of international law, international affairs, and diplomacy.
- Learn from highly experienced experts
- Field visit to Geneva, the birthplace of the UN, and the Hague, the heart of international law
- Benefit from an interdisciplinary approach
- Flexible learning methods with a diversity of optional courses
- Broad employment perspectives
The Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy (hybrid) will be implemented partly on-campus at UPEACE in San Jose, Costa Rica (first semester) and online (second, third and fourth semesters). All online courses will be hosted on UPEACE’s Virtual Learning Environment.
The Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy (online) will be implemented online. All subjects will be hosted on UPEACE’s Virtual Learning Environment.
Students can also enroll in any of the individual courses offered by the Online Program. Students enrolling in and successfully completing individual courses for credits will obtain a certificate of completion and upon request, an academic transcript. Students enrolling in and successfully completing individual courses without credits will obtain a certificate of completion.
Field visit to Geneva and Hague
During this activity, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the very heart of diplomacy, visit different international organizations, and network with other diplomats, personnel of permanent missions accredited to the UN, civil servants of international organizations, and civil society representatives.
Students will spend 5 days in Geneva (Switzerland) OR 5 days in The Hague (Netherlands). The fee for the five-day field visit is $1,500. The fee does not include travel, accommodation, food, or visa expenses.
The program is designed for graduate students, diplomats, government officers, NGO representatives, international civil servants, or private law practitioners willing to strengthen their knowledge in international law, dispute settlement, international affairs management, and diplomacy.
At the end of the program, students should:
- Have a deep understanding of the theory and practice of international law;
- Be able to participate in different processes of law-making, implementing and enforcement in promoting the rule of law at different levels, especially regional and international;
- Have a deep understanding of the theory and practice of diplomacy;
- Be able to appraise the nexus between international law, diplomacy, the UN System and current contemporary challenges;
- Be able to apply key soft skills in an international working environment.