The Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy (online) is a 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, 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 master’s degree offered by two UN entities (University for Peace and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research) combines the best of academic and executive-style education. Students will also gain first-hand experience of the work of the United Nations (UN), as they will have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to Geneva and The Hague, where the UN maintains a significant presence.
The program - offered entirely in the online modality across four semesters - has been designed for graduate students, diplomats, government officers, NGO representatives, international civil servants, or private law practitioners who wish to strengthen their knowledge in international law, dispute settlement, international affairs management, and diplomacy, but are unable to leave their jobs and attend courses on-campus in Costa Rica. Specifically designed with such working professionals in mind, the courses offered in the online modality combine the best pedagogical techniques of asynchronous online education with highly interactive methods of learning.
The University for Peace is characterized by its diversity and multiculturalism. For 2020-2021, we have 102 students from 38 countries. As a result, our campus is always full of student activities, most of them organized by the students themselves. In past years, we have had yoga classes, conversation classes in different languages, the celebration of cultural nights (Asian night, Latin night, European night, etc.), as well as institutional activities open to students (Zumba classes, academic "brown bag" lunches, etc.) The current situation has forced students to become more creative with regards to socializing and ensuring a rich student life at UPEACE.