Master International Law and the Settlement of Disputes

University for Peace

Program Description

Master International Law and the Settlement of Disputes

University for Peace

The Masters Programme in International Law provides students with a rigorous understanding of the role of law in today’s complex global society. Though international law has a long history, the last century has seen an impressive expansion of the role of law and legal institutions in international and transnational relations, involving not just states, but an increasing array of various types of actors. Our Masters Programme provides an introduction to this dynamic field as well as the opportunity to gain a solid and critical understanding of public international law and its various underpinnings. Aside from a focus on the foundational principles and values of the international legal system, various courses deal with the broad range of international institutions that play a pivotal role in the development of international law as well as in its implementation and enforcement. Our courses are taught by faculty with rich international experience, as well as by visiting professors from prestigious universities and key international organizations (UN, UNHCR, ICRC, etc.). Our faculty has long-standing experience in teaching both lawyers and students from different disciplines. The in-class experience offers an exciting and diverse environment, with students hailing from all over the world and a broad range of backgrounds.

The Master Programme begins with core foundational courses in the field, including public international law and human rights. Against this background, considerable attention will be given to the role of international law in conflict and peace, in particular to questions of collective security arrangements, international humanitarian law, and peacebuilding. Specific attention will be given to post-conflict situations and ‘transitional justice’ mechanisms, which call for complex international legal and policy arrangements, and are crucial for the implementation of international human rights standards. In particular, it will examine how international criminal law and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have become a crucial part of this framework. In addition, the Programme provides an understanding of the position and protection of the most vulnerable, in particular refugees and the stateless. Subsequently, students can choose to specialize in one of two different directions: international law and human rights or international law and the settlement of disputes.

Specialization in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes

The specialization in international dispute settlement offers students an understanding of the role that international law and institutions play in the settlement of international and transnational disputes. This specialization examines the role of national and international courts and tribunals in contributing to the settlement of disputes. As international and transnational adjudication has acquired a more prominent role in international relations, it is essential to understand how these global and regional courts are responding to the challenges of the early 21st Century. Students will examine the role of law in traditional and not-so traditional territorial and boundary disputes, and acquire an overview of the law of the sea. And finally, they will be examine the increasingly important field of dispute settlement in international economic relations, which will include investment arbitration.

Courses Common to all UPEACE Programs

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits) UPeace Resident Faculty
  • UPM 6003 The United Nations System and UPMUNC (3 Credits) Miriam Estrada and Mayumi Yamada, and Ross Ryan (UPMUNC)
  • UPM 6002 Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation (3 Credits) Manish Thapa.

Cross-listed courses to both specialization ILHR & ILSD programs

  • DIL-6030 Foundation Course on Public International Law (3 credits) Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Miriam Estrada and Mihir Kanade.
  • DIL-6059 Foundation Course on Human Rights Law (3 credits) Mihir Kanade and Miriam Estrada.
  • DIL-6085 International Law Related to Armed Conflict (3 credits) Héctor Olasolo, Miriam Estrada and Mihir Kanade.
  • DIL-6077 Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law (3 credits) Miriam Estrada.
  • DIL-6079 International Protection of Vulnerable Groups and Persons (3 credits) UNHCR Team, ILO Team and Mihir Kanade.

Graduation Project

  • DIL-7100 Independent Studies Paper (8 Credits)
  • DIL-7200 Final Graduation Project Internship (8 Credits)
  • DIL-7500 Final Graduation Project Capstone Track (5 Credits)

Courses for Specialization in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes ILSD

  • DIL-6160 International and Transnational Adjudication (3 credits) Miriam Estrada.
  • DIL-6026 International Economic Law (3 credits) Mihir Kanade.
  • DIL-6081 Maritime & Territorial Dispute Settlement (3 credits) Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo and Gudmundur Eiriksson.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

Tuition Costs

The UPEACE MA programmes are designed to be completed in one year.

Tuition $ 17,000
Administrative Fees $2,500
Total $ 19,500
*Administrative fees are not refundable
Payment Dates
First Payment(to confirm enrollment)-Due date determined based on admission date $ 11,000
Final Payment-No later than 15-October-2016 $8,500
Total $ 19,500

Last updated February 9, 2016
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1 year
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19,500 USD
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