The International Law Programme works to enhance the capacities of diplomats, public officials, delegates, professionals, students, and other stakeholders on various topics related to international law. The programme offers a wide range of training activities, including master programmes offered jointly with other institutions, high-level executive diplomas, tutor-facilitated online courses, self-paced online courses, face-to-face training activities, and the blended Intensive Training Programme on International Law. Furthermore, the International Law Programme cooperates with partner organizations to create tailor-made learning products for a specific target audience. Kindly find below UNITAR's programmes in International Law and Legal Skills, amongst the following offerings: 

  • Master's Programmes and Related Qualifications
  • Tutor-facilitated e-Learning Courses
  • Self-Paced Courses on International Law
  • Free and Donor-Funded Courses

Master's and Related Qualifications

MASTER'S PROGRAMME

UNITAR and the University for Peace (UPEACE) offer a joint Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy. This two-year graduate programme, offered in online and hybrid formats, allows 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.

Application deadline: 30 June 2022 (Online)

Dates: 4 July 2022 – 17 May 2024 (Online) 

Fees: $11,000.00 (Online)

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EXECUTIVE DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES

The International Law Programme's Executive Diplomas consist of a set of highly interactive practice-oriented workshops aimed at diplomats, legal professionals and other beneficiaries. Participants are able to explore new developments in international law and delve deeper into highly topical legal matters through executive style trainings. Taught by United Nations staff, high-level experts and facilitators with insight into the United Nations system, the executive diplomas offer unique insights. The methodology of the executive diplomas is influenced by the multilateral setting, involving peer-to-peer learning and exchange within a global body of practitioners. The executive diplomas are highly accessible as they are held online, allowing participants from all over the world to join the sessions and engage with their peers from other countries.

EXECUTIVE DIPLOMA ON INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW AND TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE

The Executive Diploma on International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice provides unique access to information, perspectives, updates and analysis on accountability mechanisms for both those seeking to develop a working background on the topics as well as those already thoroughly versed in their dynamics. During the five-day substantive program conducted online, participants from around the world will listen to analysts, academics, policy makers and international experts to gain insight and rare first-hand knowledge about different accountability mechanisms from a wide range of perspectives. This Executive Diploma will cover the following topics:

  • Mass human rights violations
  • The history, development and achievements of different accountability mechanisms
  • Debates on the state of international law, international criminal justice and accountability

Registration deadline: 14 October 2022

Dates: 17 October 2022 – 20 November 2022

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ONLINE EXECUTIVE DIPLOMA ON INTERNATIONAL LAW IN THE 21ST CENTURY

UNITAR's next edition of the Online Executive Diploma on International Law in the 21st century will explore new and cutting-edge legal topics to dynamically inspire participants to become accomplished professionals in their respective field and to provide them with the tools, information, and network they will need to do so.

Registration deadline: 7 May 2023

Dates: 15 – 19 May 2023

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Please contact us via info.ilp@unitar.org in case of any queries.

Tutor-facilitated e-Learning Courses

The International Law programme offers a variety of e-learning courses that can either be tutor-facilitated or entirely self-paced. All e-learning courses are delivered via UNITAR’s virtual learning platform and combine video lectures, short animations, interactive lessons, optional and required readings, discussion forums, assessment quizzes, and a wealth of other information to help each participant meet the course learning objectives.

The e-learning courses build on UNITAR’s extensive experience designing and implementing training workshops at the country and regional levels and allow participants to:

  • Gain practical skills and deepen their knowledge;
  • Follow 30 to 60 hours of training through modules or one-week sessions;
  • Flexibly schedule and pace their learning according to their specific needs;
  • Make use of additional resources using the internet;
  • Work offline or from home;
  • Engage with the expert and receive online mentoring and discussions  (for tutor-facilitated courses).
LAW OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS - WEBINAR TRACK 

International organizations are playing an increasingly important role in the international legal order. They are active in virtually all fields of human activity, they regularly conclude international treaties and continuously interact with other actors of international law. Nowadays, they wield growing normative powers. For those working for or dealing with international organizations, a sound understanding of the law of international organizations thus appears indispensable. UNITAR’s self-paced course on the Law of International Organizations is structured in a way to cover the main legal questions related to international organizations, from both a theoretical and practical perspective. In addition, the e-learning methodology used to deliver the Course allows participants the flexibility to combine their learning activities with work responsibilities and to benefit from high-quality training.

This webinar edition of UNITAR's traditional online course offers participants the chance to ask questions to a high level expert during a Q&A webinar.

Registration deadline: 17 June 2022

Dates: 20 June 2022 – 10 July 2022

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HUMAN RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, AND CLIMATE CHANGE COURSE

This tutor-facilitated course introduces participants to the application of human rights to environmental issues and the procedural and substantive obligations relating to the environment, covering Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, as well as the obligations relating to vulnerable groups. Through examples of constitutions that have incorporated a right to a healthy environment, good practices in procedural and substantive environmental protection, as well as good practices in the protection of groups particularly vulnerable to environmental harm, participants will understand how the relationship between human rights and environmental protection takes place in practice.

Registration deadline: 29 July 2022

Dates: 1 – 14 August 2022

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INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW COURSE

War remains a matter of great concern to humanity. Recent conflicts have demonstrated that the ravages of war continue to have a devastating impact, especially on the civilian population. This tutor-facilitated course provides participants with a sound understanding of International humanitarian law and encourages them to explore the legal uncertainties surrounding new-age military capabilities.  

Deadline: 30 September 2022

Dates: 3 – 28 October 2022

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INTRODUCTION TO THE UN SYSTEM

The course aims to provide participants with an advanced knowledge of the UN System.

Registration deadline: 16 January 2023

Dates: 23 January 2023 – 19 February 2023

Fees: $600.00

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Self-Paced Courses on International Law

UNITAR offers five online self-paced courses aimed at providing participants with a comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge to comprehend the importance of international law and the role and position of international organizations in the contemporary legal order and international community. Self-paced courses run four times per year, with each edition giving participants 3 months to complete the course during which they will be able to go through the materials at their own pace.

INTERNATIONAL LAW - SELF-PACED TRACK

This self-paced course provides participants with a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamentals of International Law that is necessary to understand the importance, role and purpose of international law in the contemporary legal order and the international community. 

Deadline for applications: 3 July 2022

Dates: 4 July 2022 – 2 October 2022

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INTERNATIONAL LAW - WEBINAR TRACK

The subject of international law brings a lot of concepts to mind, from war and settlement of disputes between States, protection of the environment, responsibilities and obligations, to human rights protection between citizens, refugees of different States and corporations. Globalization has forced us to interact with each other, making it essential to have common rules to guide and sustain relationships (of trade, investment, technology, etc.) between individuals and States from different regions and continents. Now, many of domestic laws are highly influenced and molded by the rules of international law. International law provides mandatory principles, norms and rules that regulate the relations between States as well as with other non-State actors, like international organizations and individuals.

Deadline for applications: 10 August 2022

Dates: 15 August 2022 – 4 September 2022

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LAW OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS - SELF-PACED TRACK

The overall goal of this self-paced course is to provide participants with a comprehensive knowledge of the key issues of the law of international organizations, which is necessary to understand the role and position of international organizations in the contemporary legal order. 

Deadline for applications: 3 July 2022

Dates: 4 July 2022 – 2 October 2022

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LAW OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS - Webinar track

International organizations are playing an increasingly important role in the international legal order. They are active in virtually all fields of human activity, they regularly conclude international treaties and continuously interact with other actors of international law. Nowadays, they wield growing normative powers. For those working for or dealing with international organizations, a sound understanding of the law of international organizations thus appears indispensable. UNITAR’s self-paced course on the Law of International Organizations is structured in a way to cover the main legal questions related to international organizations, from both a theoretical and practical perspective. In addition, the e-learning methodology used to deliver the Course allows participants the flexibility to combine their learning activities with work responsibilities and to benefit from high-quality training.

Deadlne: 11 November 2022

Dates: 14 November 2022 – 4 December 2022

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LAW OF THE TREATIES - SELF-PACED TRACK

The overall goal of this self-paced course is to provide participants with the fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge of the key issues surrounding the international law of treaties. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the provisions of the universal conventions as the sources of the international law of treaties and develop critical skills of analysis and interpretation of cases regarding contemporary practice. 

Deadline for applications: 3 July 2022

Dates: 4 July 2022 – 2 October 2022

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LAW OF TREATIES - WEBINAR TRACK

The International Law of Treaties is a set of international principles and rules regulating the conclusion procedure of treaties, as well as the issues of operation, amendments and modifications, termination, suspension and invalidity of treaties. For those involved in the drafting, negotiation and conclusion of international treaties, a sound knowledge of the Law of Treaties is indispensable. Efficient implementation and application of international legal norms is impossible without knowing the essentials of the International Law of Treaties. UNITAR’s course on the Law of Treaties is designed to cover both the theoretical and the practical aspects of this subject, starting with the basic notions, sources, subjects, principles, and scope of application of conventions forming the base of the Law of Treaties.

Deadline for applications: 16 December 2022

Dates: 19 September 2022 – 9 October 2022

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INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW - SELF-PACED TRACK

This self-paced course provides participants with the basics of International Environmental Law (IEL) by identifying its sources and fundamental principles, the law-making process, its main actors, as well as the implementation and compliance procedures needed to understand and apply Multilateral Environmental Agreements. 

Deadline for applications: 3 July 2022

Dates: 4 July 2022 – 2 October 2022

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TECHNIQUES AND PROCEDURES OF INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW - SELF-PACED TRACK

This self-paced course explores the different mechanisms made available in international environmental law to facilitate the creation and implementation of sound environmental norms, from the regulatory and economic instruments used by policy-makers to the role of Environmental Impact Assessments and public participation in environmental decisions. 

Deadline for applications: 3 July 2022

Dates: 4 July 2022 – 2 October 2022

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Free and Donor-Funded Courses

UNIDIR - UNITAR Security and Technology Summer Course

The UNIDIR – UNITAR Summer Course in Security and Technology provides an opportunity to leverage both institutions’ unique set of expertise in creating innovative training programmes addressing the need for capacity development in normative frameworks surrounding emerging technologies and international security, with a specific focus on the intersection between law, information communication technologies and artificial intelligence. In addition, the trainings will contribute to a growing global network of trained leaders fully familiar with the latest developments in the field.

Deadline for applications: 21 August 2022

Week 1 Dates: 5 – 11 September 2022

Week 2 Dates: 12 – 18 September 2022

Register for Week 1 (5 - 11 September 2022) here.
Register for Week 2 (12 - 18 September 2022) here.

INTEGRATED PLANNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND BIODIVERSITY (IN COOPERATION WITH IUCN)

In this free course, you will learn how land-use planning can be a tool for biodiversity and climate resilience. You will increase your capacity to optimize planning to support biodiversity and climate change adaptation objectives, including through the effective engagement of protected area systems.

You will also learn through practical examples, scenarios and knowledge assessments. Upon successful completion, you will receive a joint UNITAR – IUCN certificate.

The course runs four times per year, with each edition giving you 3 months to complete the course during which you are able to go through the materials at your own pace.

For the Integrated Planning for Climate Change and Biodiversity Winter 2021 edition please apply here.

PLANIFICACIÓN DE ORDENAMIENTO TERRITORIAL INTEGRADO PARA LA BIODIVERSIDAD (IN COOPERATION WITH IUCN)

En este curso gratuito aprenderá que la planificación del uso del suelo puede ser una herramienta para la conservacion de la biodiversidad y la resistencia al cambio climático mediante el manejo efectivo de los sistemas de áreas protegidas.

Cuando alcance el mínimo necesario para aprobar el curso recibirá un certificado de finalización ofrecido por UNITAR y la UICN.

El curso se lleva a cabo cuatro veces al año, y cada edición le brinda 3 meses para completar el curso.

Para la edición del invierno de 2021 del curso Planificación de Ordenamiento Territorial Integrado para la Biodiversidad aquí.

GOBERNANZA PARA LA ADAPTACIÓN BASADA EN ECOSISTEMAS (IN COOPERATION WITH IUCN)

El gratuito curso mejorará la capacidad de los participantes para abordar los desafíos ambientales y sociales derivados del cambio climático. Los participantes podrán identificar teorías y prácticas sobre la gobernanza ambiental para la gestión y protección de los recursos de agua dulce y los ecosistemas en contextos nacionales, transfronterizos y globales.

Cuando alcance el mínimo necesario para aprobar el curso recibirá un certificado de finalización ofrecido por UNITAR y la UICN.

El curso se lleva a cabo cuatro veces al año, y cada edición le brinda 3 meses para completar el curso.

Para la edición del invierno de 2021 del curso Gobernanza para la adaptación basada en ecosistemas aquí.

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