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

M.A. in International Law and Diplomacy

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.

Dates for next intake will be announced soon.

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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.

Online Certificate on International Law and The United Nations System

The Online Certificate on International Law and the UN System offers a unique opportunity for both students wanting to pursue a career in international law or international relations, and professionals working in international and regional organizations as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions, to expand their knowledge on international law, multilateral diplomacy and the United Nations system.

Using internet-based training, UNITAR brings participants and trainers together in a unique virtual learning environment, allowing students to selected 2 international law courses and 2 multilateral diplomacy courses to create their own specialization.

Registration deadline: 29 January 2023

Dates: 6 February – 31 December 2023

Online Executive Diploma on International Law in the 21st Century

International law is pushing frontiers both on earth, outer space and in the digital realm. Explore these cutting-edge legal topics together with high-level international experts.

Following the successful previous editions, the fall intake of UNITAR’s Online Executive Diploma on International Law in the 21st Century aims at introducing students and practitioners to newest developments in international law, covering diverse issues such as Law of the Sea and Cyber Warfare and International Humanitarian Law.

Registration deadline: 7 May 2023

Dates: 15 – 19 May 2023

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Executive Diploma on International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice

Under UN leadership, the last 30 years have seen remarkable development in the fight against impunity. Many different accountability mechanisms – truth commissions, international and hybrid tribunals, as well as commissions of inquiry, fact-finding missions and investigations – have been established and successfully implemented. This Executive Diploma on International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice will provide participants with 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. Combining substantive sessions on topics such as the notion of mass human rights violations, as well as the history, development and achievements of different accountability mechanisms, with skills-focused modules, this training will provide participants with a wholistic training experience and allow them to put their substantive knowledge into practice. This Executive Diploma is delivered in partnership with the IUSTICOM.

Registration deadline: 1 September 2023

Dates: 16 October 2023 – 19 November 2023

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Have any questions?

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).
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. 

War might be the “end of the law” as one said, but International Law is not silent on armed conflicts. From its conception in 1859 on the battlefield of Solferino to contemporary warfare, modern International Humanitarian Law (IHL) has been confronted with significant challenges. Since the times of horses and bayonets to drones and other ‘Lethal Autonomous Weapons System’ (the so-called “killer robots”), IHL has always had the purpose of regulating the means and methods of warfare in order to limit human suffering. The development and sophistication of weapons has made it paradoxically problematic to distinguish between civilians and combatants in order to better protect the former. In addition, the proliferation of non-international armed conflicts (civil wars) and the emergence of new forms of armed conflicts, i.e. the “war on terrorism”, pose new challenges to the protection of civilian persons and goods. 

Deadline for applications: 23 August 2023

Dates: 4 September – 1 October 2023

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Introduction to the UN System

With the increasing prevalence of current issues that transcend national boundaries, the international field is constantly changing and the role of international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), cannot be overlooked. Spearheading multilateral conversations, the UN continues to transform along with our dynamic world. For those interested in the workings of the UN and broadening their knowledge on the international system, this course equips participants with insight on the UN System of Organizations, including its structure and function. UNITAR’s tutor-facilitated course will additionally cover the evolution of multilateral diplomacy, the needs and role of the UN, and provide insight into the formal and informal processes of UN organs and agencies.

Registration deadline: 16 January 2023

Dates: 23 January 2023 – 19 February 2023

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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

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. This self-paced course aims to provide 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 international community.

Deadline for applications: 22 December 2022

Dates: 2 January – 2 April 2023

Register for the self-paced track here.

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.

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.

Deadline for applications: 24 February 2023

Dates: 27 February 2023 – 17 March 2023

Register for the webinar track here.

Law of International Organizations – Self-paced 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.

Deadline for applications: 22 December 2022

Dates: 2 January – 2 April 2023

Register here for the self-paced track.

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.

Deadline for applications: 21 April 2023

Dates: 24 April 2023 – 12 May 2023

Register here for the webinar track.

Law of the Treaties – Self-Paced 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: 22 December 2022

Dates: 2 January – 2 April 2023

Register here for the self-paced track.

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.

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.

Deadline for applications: 26 May 2023

Dates: 29 May – 16 June 2023

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International Environmental Law – Self-Paced Track

Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) are the predominant legal method for addressing transboundary environmental problems. Adopted by States, MEAs are standard-settings instruments for effective global environmental protection. However, nowadays some States, particularly least developed and developing countries, face the challenge of implementing over 300 MEAs due to limited technical, financial and human resources. This course will provide you 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: 22 December 2022

Dates: 2 January – 2 April 2023

Register here for the self-paced track.

Techniques and Procedures of International Environmental Law – Self-Paced Track

For the adequate implementation of and compliance with MEAs at a national level, there is a need to raise awareness on International Environmental Law (IEL) and develop specific capacities for its implementation at the national level. This course explores the the technical and procedural aspects of 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: 22 December 2022

Dates: 2 January – 2 April 2023

Register here for the self-paced track.

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Free and Donor-Funded Courses

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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