As part of UNITAR’s Division for Multilateral Diplomacy, 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 activies from high level executive diplomas to tutor-facilitated online courses; self-paced online courses as well as face-to-face training activities and the blended Intensive Training Programme on International Law. Furthermore, the International Law Programme cooperates with partner organisations to create tailor-made learning products for a specific target audience.

Executive Diplomas

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 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 new 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 Executive Diploma on International Law in the 21st Century

Following the success of the spring edition, UNITAR is delighted to announce another edition of the Online Executive Diploma on International Law. This training aims at introducing students and practitioners to new and cutting-edge legal topics through 5 highly interactive online workshops that will be facilitated via the platform Zoom by an expert on the theme. The topics that will be covered in the Second Edition (19 to 23 October 2020) of the Online Executive Diploma on International Law are the following:

  • Public International Law
  • Law of the Sea;
  • International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the Online Executive Diploma on International Law in the 21st Century - Second Edition page in the online catalogue.

Please also find the brochure below or contact us via Info.ilp@unitar.org  should you have any questions.

Online Executive Diploma on International Diplomatic Law for Honorary Consuls

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The Second Edition of the Online Executive Diploma on International Diplomatic Law for Honorary Consuls (18 January to 7 May 2021) will provide participants with a full range of skills and understanding related to the post of Honorary Consul. This includes insights into the obligations, privileges, and immunities of honorary consuls under international law as well as several practical skills necessary to effectively fullfil their duties, which will be presented through the following modules:

  • Module 1 – The history, development and current importance of honorary consuls and their relationship with diplomatic and consular missions;
  • Module 2 – The law relating to honorary consuls;
  • Module 3 – The expectations and responsibilities of honorary consuls;
  • Module 4 – Honorary Consuls: Protocols and Practice.

Each of the four modules will run for one month and consist of a self-directed online component, containing a mix of pre-recorded lectures from Heads of State, Foreign Ministers or Ambassadors who are engaged in the use of honorary consuls, interactive lessons and information forums. Each module culminates in a final e-workshop conducted via the platform Zoom and will be facilitated by an expert on the theme.

The workshop dates for the second edition are as follows:

  • Workshop 1: 11 and 12 February;
  • Workshop 2: 11 and 12 March;
  • Workshop 3: 8 and 9 April;
  • Workshop 4: 6 and 7 May.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the Online Executive Diploma on International Diplomatic Law for Honorary Consuls page in the online catalogue.

Intensive Training on Diplomatic Law and Responsibilities for Honorary Consuls

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Given the outstanding success of the first editoon, the second intensive Training on roles and Responsibilties for Honorary Consuls (16 to 27 November 2020) will focus on the core skills and underlying legal foundations of the role of honorary consuls.The programme will consist of self-directed lessons that contain a mixture of pre-recorded lectures, interactive activities and information forums and a final two-day workshop on UN Protocol.

This course promotes an interactive approach through lessons and multimedia material, stimulating critical thinking. Each part has its own learning objectives, as well as interactive online lessons, which guide participants through the contents. Contents and activities are practice-oriented and under a self-assessment approach, so participants will learn through practical examples and assignments associated with research and case scenarios.
The course will be delivered through UNITAR’s e-learning platform and Zoom.

For more information, and to apply for the November 2020 edition, please visit the Diplomatic Law and Responsibilities for Honorary Consuls page in the online catalogue. Should you wish to apply for the Spring 2021 edition, please apply here.

International Law in Focus Series

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UNITAR is delighted to start the new "International Law in Focus" workshop series that will explore highly relevant legal matters through an intensive programme consisting of 3 e-workshops with each workshop lasting 4 hours each. The workshops will be facilitated via the platform Zoom by an expert on the theme.

The first two sessions will cover the following topics:

1. Law of the Sea (27 to 29 January 2021)

The first topic to focus on will be the Law of the Sea as governed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Law of the Sea touches not only upon matters of state's responsibilities and ability to use the world's oceans, but also refers to important environmental matters and addresses questions of the use of marine natural resources. With major trading routes leading over the earth's oceans, the economic and business aspects are of keen interest to states and the private sector alike.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the International Law in Focus Series - Session 1: Law of the Sea page in the online catalogue.

2. Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare (17 to 19 Mach 2021)

The second topic to focus on will be International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare. 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. With the increasing amount of states developing military cyber capabilities, the interplay between the “cyber” and “real” realm of war needs to be addressed. Through the course of 3 e-workshops participants will explore methods and means of cyber warfare, and learn to distinguish between the applicability of international humanitarian law to cyber operations in international armed conflicts and non-international armed conflicts.

For more information and to apply please visit the International Law in Focus Series - Session 2: International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare page in the online catalogue.

 

Overcoming global challenges through International Law Series

The Overcoming Global Challenges through International Law series will provide participants not only with a better understanding of the underlying principles of international law and the rule of law essential for building strong institutions, but also with specific legal insights to tackle the global challenges, such as climate change and the resulting refugee crisis.

The series is divided into three thematic areas, which will each be covered through a two-day e-workshop.

  • Rule of Law;
  • Business and Human Rights;
  • Climate Change and Refugees.

To allow participants from different regions to easily join the training, three e-workshops will be delivered on each topic for each of the time zones of the cities of the United National Regional Economic Commission: UNECA and UNESCWA, UNESCAP, UNECLAC (i.e. Addis Ababa, Beirut, Bangkok and Santiago de Chile).

The series is supported with funding allocated from the Swedish International Development Agency’s (Sida) contribution to the UNITAR Strategic Framework Fund. UNITAR is grateful to Sida and other contributors for supporting the SFF. The SFF was established by the UNITAR Board of Trustees in 2018 to support projects and activities that respond to needs of developing countries and in particular the least developed countries, African countries, the small island developing States and countries in and emerging from conflict, in order to strengthen capacities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Rule of Law Workshops

Over the course of two days the Rule of Law e-Workshops of the Overcoming global challenges through International Law will explore the key aspects of the rule of Law in 'normal times' before turning to the rule of law in times of crisis and 'the new normal'. 

To allow participants from different time zones to join the courses the workshop dates and times are as follows:

Overcoming global challenges through International Law: Rule of Law - Workshop UNECA and UNESCWA timezone

  • Session 1 | 9 November 2020 | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 08:00 am - 12:00 pm (Beirut time)/ 09:00 am - 01:00 (Addis Abeba time)  | online via zoom
  • Session 2 | 10 November 2020 | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 08:00 am - 12:00 pm (Beirut time)/ 09:00 am - 01:00 (Addis Abeba time)  | online via zoom

Apply here for the UNECA and UNESCWA e-workshop.

Overcoming global challenges through International Law: Rule of Law - Workshop UNESCAP timezone

  • Session 1 | 16 November 2020 | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Bangkok time) | online via zoom
  • Session 2 | 17 November 2020 | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Bangkok time) | online via zoom

Apply here for the UNESCAP e-workshop.

Overcoming global challenges through International Law: Rule of Law - Workshop UNECLAC timezone

  • Session 1 | 23 November 2020 | 02:00 - 06:00 pm (Geneva time)/ 10:00 am - 02:00 pm (Santiago de Chile time) | online via zoom
  • Session 2 | 24 November 2020 | 02:00 - 06:00 pm (Geneva time)/ 10:00 am - 02:00 pm (Santiago de Chile time) | online via zoom

Apply here for the UNECLAC e-workshop.

Please note that the workshops are open to up to 35 participants and that priority will be given to LDCs and SIDS nationals. Please visit the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States: http://unohrlls.org/  to see if you are eligible.

Business and Human Rights Workshops

The Business and Human Rights workshops of the Overcoming global challenges through International Law will focus on the UNGPs and, especially in Pillar I of the UNGP on the State duty to protect human rights in the context of business operations.

To allow participants from different time zones to join the courses the workshop times are slated as follows:

Overcoming global challenges through International Law: Business and Human Rights - Workshop UNECA and UNESCWA timezone

  • Session 1 | 2021 (tbc) | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 08:00 am - 12:00 pm (Beirut time)/ 09:00 am - 01:00 (Addis Abeba time)  | online via zoom
  • Session 2 | 2021 (tbc) | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 08:00 am - 12:00 pm (Beirut time)/ 09:00 am - 01:00 (Addis Abeba time)  | online via zoom

Overcoming global challenges through International Law: Business and Human Rights - Workshop UNESCAP timezone

  • Session 1 | 2021 (tbc) | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Bangkok time) | online via zoom
  • Session 2 | 2021 (tbc) | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Bangkok time) | online via zoom

Overcoming global challenges through International Law: Business and Human Rights - Workshop UNECLAC timezone

  • Session 1 | 2021 (tbc) | 02:00 - 06:00 pm (Geneva time)/ 10:00 am - 02:00 pm (Santiago de Chile time) | online via zoom
  • Session 2 | 2021 (tbc) | 02:00 - 06:00 pm (Geneva time)/ 10:00 am - 02:00 pm (Santiago de Chile time) | online via zoom

Please note that the workshops are open to up to 35 participants and that priority will be given to LDCs and SIDS nationals. Please visit the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States: http://unohrlls.org/  to see if you are eligible.

Climate Change and Refugees Workshops

The Climate Change and Refugees workshops of the Overcoming global challenges through International Law will explore the nexus between human rights, climate change and refugees, deepening participants’ understanding of the inter-connectivity of these global challenges.

To allow participants from different time zones to join the courses the workshop times are slated as follows:

Overcoming global challenges through International Law: Climate Change and Refugees - Workshop UNECA and UNESCWA timezone

  • Session 1 | 2021 (tbc) | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 08:00 am - 12:00 pm (Beirut time)/ 09:00 am - 01:00 (Addis Abeba time)  | online via zoom
  • Session 2 | 2021 (tbc) | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 08:00 am - 12:00 pm (Beirut time)/ 09:00 am - 01:00 (Addis Abeba time)  | online via zoom

Overcoming global challenges through International Law: Climate Change and Refugees - Workshop UNESCAP timezone

  • Session 1 | 2021 (tbc) | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Bangkok time) | online via zoom
  • Session 2 | 2021 (tbc) | 07:00 - 11:00 am (Geneva time)/ 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Bangkok time) | online via zoom

Overcoming global challenges through International Law: Climate Change and Refugees - Workshop UNECLAC timezone

  • Session 1 | 2021 (tbc) | 02:00 - 06:00 pm (Geneva time)/ 10:00 am - 02:00 pm (Santiago de Chile time) | online via zoom
  • Session 2 | 2021 (tbc) | 02:00 - 06:00 pm (Geneva time)/ 10:00 am - 02:00 pm (Santiago de Chile time) | online via zoom

Please note that the workshops are open to up to 35 participants and that priority will be given to LDCs and SIDS nationals. Please visit the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States: http://unohrlls.org/  to see if you are eligible.

E-learning Portfolio

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 wealth of experience designing and implementing training workshops at the country and regional levels and include 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 offine or from home;
  • Engage with the expert and receive online mentoring and discussions  (for tutor-facilitated courses).

International Law

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

For more information, and to apply, please visit the relevant page on the online catalogue:

  • For the International Law Winter 2020 edition please apply here.
  • For the International Law Spring 2021 edition please apply here.
  • For the International Law Summer 2021 edition please apply here.

 

Law of International Organizations

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 that is necessary to understand the role and position of international organizations in the contemporary legal order. The course runs four times per year, with each edition giving you for 3 months to complete the course during which you are able to go through the materials at your own pace.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the relevant page on the online catalogue:

  • For the Law of International Organizations Winter 2020 edition please apply here.
  • For the Law of International Organizations Spring 2021 edition please apply here.
  • For the Law of International Organizations Summer 2021 edition please apply here.

 

Law of the Treaties

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. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the provisions of the universal conventions as the sources of the International Law of Treaties and developed critical skills of analysis and interpretation of cases regarding contemporary practice. The course runs four times per year, with each edition giving you for 3 months to complete the course during which you are able to go through the materials at your own pace.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the relevant page on the online catalogue:

  • For the Law of the Treaties Winter 2020 edition please apply here.
  • For the Law of the Treaties Spring 2021 edition please apply here.
  • For the Law of the Treaties Summer 2021 edition please apply here.

International Humanitarian Law

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 on International humanitarian law and encourages them to explore the legal uncertainties surrounding new-age military capabilities.  

The next edition of the International Humanitarian law course is tentatively scheduled to run from 31 May 2021 to 27 June 2021

For more information, and to apply, please visit the relevant page on the online catalogue here.

Rule of Law and Governance

The rule of law and good governance are fundamental to ensuring the fairness of society and is characterized by transparency and accountability in both the public and private sectors. In this tutor-facilitated course participants will have the chance to explore the core aspects of the rule of law, fundamental principles of human rights and governance to gain a holistic vision of the interconnectivity of these vital legal issues. Given that due to gender stereotypes women are frequently underrepresented in key positions in the legal sphere, reducing the representativeness of the respective judicial system, the course will also pay special attention to the role women can play on strengthening the rule of law. 

The first edition of this course ran from 4 till 25 May 2020 with a final online workshop on 25 May 2020 that provided participants the opportunity to dive deeper into the topic and engage in peer-to-peer learning.

This activity was  supported with funding allocated from the Swedish International Development Agency’s (Sida) contribution to the UNITAR Strategic Framework Fund.

A second edition will be launched soon. For more information, please contact us via Info.ilp@unitar.org.

International Environmental Law

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

For more information, and to apply, please visit the relevant page on the online catalogue:

  • For the International Environmental Law Winter 2020 edition please apply here.
  • For the International Environmental Law Spring 2021 edition please apply here.
  • For the International Environmental Law Summer 2021 edition please apply here.

Human Rights, Environmental Protection and Climate Change

This tutor-facilitated course introduces participants to 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 group. 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. 

For more information, and to apply for the summer 2021 edition, please visit the Human Rights, Environmental Protection and Climate Change course page on the online catalogue.
 

Techniques and Procedures of International Environmental Law

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

For more information, and to apply, please visit the relevant page on the online catalogue:

  • For the Techniques and Procedures of International Environmental Law Winter 2020 edition please apply here.
  • For the Techniques and Procedures of International Environmental Law Spring 2021 edition please apply here.
  • For the Techniques and Procedures of International Environmental Law Summer 2021 edition please apply here.

Space Law

This tutor-facilitated course will introduce participants to the law of outer space and the challenges and opportunities this final frontier presents.

This course is currently being developed by UNITAR together with leading international experts and is tentatively slated to run from 15 March 2021 to 2 May 2021, to apply please click here.

Tailor-made e-Learning courses

UNITAR also designs and facilitates tailor-made e-Learning courses, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), simulation exercises, webinars and discussion boards in cooperation with partner organizations.

Recent examples of such collaboration include:

Integrating Environmental, Social, and Human Rights Protection into the Governance of the Mining Sector

This free course introduces you to ideas and tools to improve the sustainability of the mining sector by improving mining governance.  It focuses on explaining the why’s and how’s of integrating environmental, social and human rights protection into mining governance.

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

For more information, and to apply, please click 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.

For more information, and to apply, please click 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.

For more information, and to apply, please click here.

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.

For more information, and to apply, please click here.

Face-to-Face Trainings

Upon request of UN Member States and/or in partnership with intergovernmental organizations or UN agencies, the International Law Programme organizes and implements specifically designed courses on themes pertaining to international law. The duration, content and mode of delivery of the courses are defined in close consultation with the beneficiaries and partnering organizations in order to meet the specific and varying needs of participants. The training activities can be implemented face-to-face in Geneva, in capital cities and in other locations, and/or online via UNITAR's e-Learning platform.

Intensive Training Programme on International Law

International Law is the cornerstone of global interaction, politics, and policy. As such, a sound understanding of its intricacies and fundamental principles is essential for productive work in today’s globalized and interconnected world. Given the wide scope of themes in International Law, UNITAR offers an intensive, two-phased training programme.

Phase one of the programme consists of four self-paced online courses covering the essentials of International Law, Law of International Organizations, Law of the Treaties, and International Environmental Law. Having acquired the fundamentals through the online courses, participants are able to further delve into the issues identified by the partnering organizations as priorities during the second phase.

Phase two takes place in Geneva and combines a variety of interactive training sessions, panel discussions and study visits. This mixed-methodology approach aims to optimize knowledge retention, while the tailor-made blended learning programme allows participants to acquire the exact knowledge and skills they need for their professional development.

The topics of both phases can be customized in accordance with the identified learning needs.

More Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Anna Sabrina Wollmann via Info.ilp@unitar.org or telephone +41 22 917 8471

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