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The Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy is a two-year graduate programme permitting students to specialize in the interface between international law and diplomacy. It will not only broaden student’s 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.

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During this programme, students will analyse the different dimensions of international law including those related to law-making, armed conflicts, human rights, economic relations, territorial and maritime disputes, 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 career and employability.

The hybrid format of the M.A. in International Law and Diplomacy will be implemented partly on-campus at UPEACE in San Jose, Costa Rica during the first semester. The remaining semesters of the programme will be taking place online.

The online format of the programme will be fully 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 Programmes.

Target audience

The programme 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.

Unique benefits

This unique programme, 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 trip to the birthplace of the UN and the heart of international law
  • Benefit from an interdisciplinary approach
  • Flexible learning methods with a diversity of optional courses
  • Broad employment perspectives.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the programme, students will:

  • 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.

Application deadlines

For more information and to apply, please follow the links below:

Hybrid M.A. Application deadline: 30 April 2021
Online M.A. Application deadline: 15 June 2021.

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