Academic Course Calendar - International Law and the Settlement of Disputes - 2016 - 2017

Courses and Teachers
2016 - 2017 - International Law and the Settlement of Disputes
Course listings are continously updated with new information
Courses Teacher Credits # Weeks Dates
UPEACE Foundation Course
Mandatory
Gal Harmat
(Israel)
Jan Breitling
(Germany)
Manish Thapa
(Nepal)
Mayumi Yamada
(Japan)
Mihir Kanade
(India)
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
3 credits
3 weeks
22 Aug-09 Sep 2016
8:45 AM - 11:45 AM At Council Room
Foundation Course on Public International Law
Mandatory
Mihir Kanade
(India)
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
3 credits
3 weeks
14 Sep-05 Oct 2016
8:45 - 11:45 At Classroom #3
The United Nations System and UPMUNC (Part I)
Mandatory
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
2 credits
2 weeks (NOTE: including one double session -day TBA- 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. - Notice that 17 October - National Day)
10-21 Oct 2016
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Foundation Course on Human Rights Law
Mandatory
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
3 credits
3 weeks
31 Oct-15 Nov 2016
1:15 - 4:15 At Council Room
International Law Related to Armed Conflict
Mandatory
Héctor Olasolo Alonso
(Spain)
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
3 credits
3 weeks
21 Nov-02 Dec 2016
8:45am - 4:15pm At Classroom #3
Global Law and Human Rights
Optional
Valentina Volpe
(Italy)
1 credits
1 weeks
28 Nov-02 Dec 2016
1:15pm - 4:15pm. At Classroom #1
Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law Part I
Mandatory
Cynthia Chamberlain
(Costarrican)
1 credits
1 weeks
5-9 Dec 2016
8:45am - 11:45am At Classroom #3
The Kurds between Past and Present Genocides in Iraq: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies?
Optional
María Rita Corticelli

Mohammed Ihsan

3 credits
3 weeks
9-13 Jan 2017
8:45am - 11:45am. At Classroom #1
Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law
Mandatory
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
2 credits
2 weeks
16-27 Jan 2017
1:15 - 4:15 At Council Room
Human Rights, Dignity and Peace: Reconceptualizing the World Citizenship through the Work of Hannah Arendt
Optional
Jana Lozanoska
(Macedonia)
1 credits
1 weeks
23-27 Jan 2017
8:45am - 11:45am At Classroom #1
International and Transnational Adjudication
Mandatory
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
3 credits
3 weeks
31 Jan-17 Feb 2017
8:45 - 11:45 At Classroom #6
Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age
Optional
Mariateresa Garrido Villareal
(Venezuela)
1 credits
1 weeks
1-16 Feb 2017
1:15pm - 4:15pm. At Classroom #2
Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Mandatory
Manish Thapa
(Nepal)
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
3 credits
3 weeks
22 Feb-14 Mar 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
International Refugee Law
Mandatory
Ana Belen Anguita

Luis Diego Obando

Marco Formesano

Pablo Rodriguez
(Costa Rica)
1 credits
1 week
20-24 Mar 2017
1:15pm - 4:15pm At Classroom #3
International Law and the International Labour Organization
Mandatory
Francesco Carella

Maria José Chamorro

Noortje Denker

Tania Caron

1 credits
1 weeks
27-31 Mar 2017
1:15PM - 4:15PM At Classroom #3
Working in Conflict and Post-Conflict Areas - Field Training
Mandatory
Alvaro Sierra
(Colombia)
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
2 credits
1 week
3-7 Apr 2017
8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. At Council Room
The United Nations System and UPMUNC (Part II)
Mandatory
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
1 credits
3 days
19-21 Apr 2017
8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. At Council Room
International Economic Law
Mandatory
Mihir Kanade
(India)
3 credits
3 weeks
24 Apr-12 May 2017
1:15 - 4:15 At Classroom #1
Maritime & Territorial Dispute Settlement
Mandatory
Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo
(Venezuela)
3 credits
3 weeks
17 May-06 Jun 2017
8:45 - 11:45 At Classroom #3
Graduation Project: ISP-Thesis (8 credits) or Internship (8 credits) or Capstone (5 credits).
Mandatory
UPEACE Resident Faculty

8 credits
8 weeks
12 Jun-31 Dec 2017



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COURSE DESCRIPTION

The UPEACE Foundation Course provides a critical and concise introduction to the broad field of “Peace Studies” for students in all UPEACE programs. It initially addresses key conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the origins and development of peace studies as an interdisciplinary area within the fields of international relations and political economy, as well as a basic understanding of conflict analysis. Based on a critical analysis of policies, strategies, policies, institutions, organizations and movements, the course then examines a range of core issues, dimensions, perspectives and paradigms for understanding the root causes of conflicts and violence and constructive strategies to address them and build peace in contemporary global, international, regional, national and local contexts, including: conflict management, conflict resolution and conflict transformation; alternative discourse analysis; militarization and disarmament; human rights violations and promotion; gender inequalities, gender-based violence and gender mainstreaming; structural violence, human security, development and globalization; environmental sustainability; corporate social responsibility; cultural and religious identities; media’s role in conflict and peacebuilding; strategies of nonviolence; and peace education. This Foundations course will be essential in catalyzing the awareness, understanding and motivation of UPEACE students from diverse academic programmes to relate, ground or intersect their specific areas of academic and practitioner interest with core theoretical, conceptual and analytical ideas in peace studies.

Contemporary international life has become unthinkable without the existence of public international law. Increasingly, international relations have become juridified, while more and more actors (international organizations, individuals, groups, NGOs, and corporations) participate in norm creation, implementation and enforcement. And, as humanity faces unprecedented challenges, the call for more cooperation and regulation is undiminished. This course offers a general overview of the topic of public international law. It provides students with a broad introduction that will focus on laying a firm foundation of knowledge about the most important doctrines and topics in this field. It will provide students with a solid grasp of the vocabulary of international law (sources, jurisdiction, responsibility, enforcement, etc.), as well as a sense of the context in which international law originates and operates and an understanding of the legal and political institutions that play a role in international law. Finally, the course will give a bird’s-eye view of a broad range of issues that are dealt with using international legal tools, such as peace and security, the use of force, human rights, international criminal law, international environmental law, and international economic law.

Ever since its establishment in 1945, the United Nations has played a pivotal role in a great variety of affairs, large or small, international and national. As such the UN has played an incisive role in the lives of people around the world. Much of what the UN does is taken for granted and even goes unnoticed by the larger public, even as an oft quoted saying argues that ‘if the UN did not exist it would have to be invented’. At the same time, millions around the world look to the UN expecting it to address many of the enormous challenges faced by humankind. This complex dynamics is complemented by the fact that the UN is both reliant on what the member states want, while at the same time being much more than the sum of its members. This course provides a comprehensive and rigorous introduction into the UN system, including its origins and history, its organizational framework  and the  functioning of various organs, agencies, bodies and programmes.  Students will critically examine the most important areas of the UN mission including the key Charter pillars of international peace and security, economic and social progress and development and human rights as well as a growing list of priorities and initiatives (e.g., gender equality and  mainstreaming; eliminating gender-based violence; environmental protection; addressing climate change; post-2015 development agenda; Global Education First Initiative; action to counter terrorism; R2P, etc). In addition, the course offers a close look at some of the challenges the UN faces, and discusses various proposals for its reform. Students will also be encouraged to reflect on how UN priorities and initiatives can be constructively addressed in their respective fields and programmes of peace studies.

Human Rights form one of the most important branches of international law and policy in the contemporary world. The experience of the 'scourge of war' during and in the immediate aftermath of World War II brought a new international recognition and focus to the rights of human beings. Today, there are several international treaties guaranteeing a wide range of rights to human beings, both in times of peace and in conflicts. These instruments also impose obligations upon States to respect, protect and fulfill those rights. Under the aegis of the United Nations and regional organizations, several bodies have been established to monitor violations of the rights of human beings. Despite these efforts, we continue to live in a world where these rights are structurally abused. Today, like never before, there is an amplified need for students and professionals from all spheres of life to not only understand and mainstream human rights into their activities, but also to be prepared to meet the growing challenges posed by current and emerging global issues. This course therefore introduces participants to the international legal human rights regime, including bottom-up approaches for the promotion of human rights and accountability for violations thereof. The course will cover a broad spectrum of foundational issues in the field of human rights, beginning with the diverse legal and non-legal approaches to the field and ending with contemporary challenges thereto.

 

 

This course introduces students to the public international law dimensions of conflicts and peace. It explores the international legal standards, both in treaty law and in customary international law, that underpin the prevention, management and resolution of inter-state and intra-state conflicts. Students will specifically be introduced to jus ad bellum (Law of War and use of force), jus in bello (International Humanitarian Law), and the responsibility to protect (R2P) doctrine. The course adopts a diverse range of approaches in order to examine the rules, procedures, successes and failures of key international organizations, including the United Nations, as well as regional organizations, in responding to peace and conflict situations. The course will explore several case studies of actual policy responses, or lack thereof. Participants will also learn about the limits that international law places on states and non-state actors in peace and conflict situations, before moving into a critical discussion on the debates surrounding enforcement of those standards in international law. Finally, the course will explore how international law intersects with other areas of inquiry related to peace and conflict studies, in order to promote multi-pronged responses to peace and conflict situations.

Global governance deals with the complexity of current international relations and new developments of public international law and administrative law. In a progressively more fragmented international framework, global governance seeks to improve the capacity of the international community to face common challenges and global problems, given the absence of a world government. The paradox of ‘governance’ without ‘government’ lies at its core, looking “for order in disorder, for coherence in contradiction, and for continuity in change” (J. N. Rosenau).
Through the lenses of four important non-state actors, the course will introduce some of the fundamental concepts of the “law of global governance”, focusing in particular on the role that non-state actors can play in promoting higher human rights and democracy standards at the national level. The overcoming of the nation-state paradigm has been indeed one of the most important developments in the contemporary legal ‘brave new world’. In the last decade of the XX century, numerous non-state actors emerged as meaningful players in global governance issues, flanking states on the international scene. International/supranational organizations, international courts, legal experts, non-governmental organizations represent as many voices in the global governance discourse, which may in turn complement, threaten or reinforces state’s action in the global arena. After having introduced what global governance is (or should be), the course will analyze, through concrete case-studies, the role of the European Union, the Venice Commission, the UN Democracy Fund and the European Court of Human Rights in addressing new global governance challenges related with human rights protection and democracy promotion. In the conclusion it will examine the potential limits and possibility of rethinking global governance.

Gross violations of human rights, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide are have characterized a number of contemporary conflicts and authoritarian regimes. In such contexts, questions of impunity and accountability become central to peacebuilding and reconstruction of post-conflict societies. Yet, criminal prosecution of persecutors poses challenges for post-conflict reconciliation, particularly when such reconciliation is contingent upon demands for amnesty. This course takes a holistic view on the debates surrounding linkages between serious crimes and justice.

The first part of the course provides a general introduction to the field of international criminal law. It focuses on the evolution of international crimes under international law and the role of international criminal courts in the prosecution of international crimes. Students will analyze the jurisdictional reach of international criminal courts, their relationship with national jurisdictions (primacy v. complementarity) and the impact of the interests of justice and peace in the exercise of their jurisdiction. Students will also explore the objective and subjective elements of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Particular attention will be placed on those elements of international crimes that make them distinguishable from ordinary crimes, and on the manner in which criminal responsibility is determined by international criminal courts.

The second part of the course focuses on transitional justice, which includes the study of justice in times of transition following periods of widespread human rights abuse. These transitional periods raise a wide range of legal, ethical, and political questions that are central to the peace versus justice debate. Students will explore the strengths and limits of criminal prosecutions and the alternative mechanisms available to address the commission of international crimes. Using numerous case studies from around the world, the course will provide students with analytical tools to grapple with and to discuss the most salient issues decision-makers face in the context of transitional democracies and other situations of dealing with the past.

This course introduces students to the struggles of Kurds in the context of genocides committed against them in the past as well as in the current ongoing conflict against ISIS. It explores the Kurdish national movement and its prospects and challenges. At the end of the course, the students will have an understanding of the history of the Kurds in the Middle East with specific emphasis on the Kurds of Iraq from the birth of Kurdish nationalism to the present day. The first session will offer an overview of the history of the Kurds and their relation with the succeeding Iraqi governments. The second session will cover the history of genocides in Iraq against the Kurds and other minorities exploring the causes and the consequences for the political and social stability of the area. The third session will focus on the heritage that this culture of violence has created in the area and the genocides committed by ISIS. The fourth session will discuss the future of Iraq and the Kurds in the context of the Middle East. The last session will explore which is the future of Iraq as a country after the liberation of Mosul and the new balance of power born from the end of the war with ISIS and the definitive collapse of the order established in 1916 with the Sykes-Picot Agreement.

Gross violations of human rights, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide are have characterized a number of contemporary conflicts and authoritarian regimes. In such contexts, questions of impunity and accountability become central to peacebuilding and reconstruction of post-conflict societies. Yet, criminal prosecution of persecutors poses challenges for post-conflict reconciliation, particularly when such reconciliation is contingent upon demands for amnesty. This course takes a holistic view on the debates surrounding linkages between serious crimes and justice.

The first part of the course provides a general introduction to the field of international criminal law. It focuses on the evolution of international crimes under international law and the role of international criminal courts in the prosecution of international crimes. Students will analyze the jurisdictional reach of international criminal courts, their relationship with national jurisdictions (primacy v. complementarity) and the impact of the interests of justice and peace in the exercise of their jurisdiction. Students will also explore the objective and subjective elements of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Particular attention will be placed on those elements of international crimes that make them distinguishable from ordinary crimes, and on the manner in which criminal responsibility is determined by international criminal courts.

The second part of the course focuses on transitional justice, which includes the study of justice in times of transition following periods of widespread human rights abuse. These transitional periods raise a wide range of legal, ethical, and political questions that are central to the peace versus justice debate. Students will explore the strengths and limits of criminal prosecutions and the alternative mechanisms available to address the commission of international crimes. Using numerous case studies from around the world, the course will provide students with analytical tools to grapple with and to discuss the most salient issues decision-makers face in the context of transitional democracies and other situations of dealing with the past.

The course follows an interdisciplinary approach involving several fields of studies such as: human rights (political and philosophical origins); gender, cultural and peace studies. It offers a re-examination of concepts such as human rights, dignity, justice, equality and peace along with the idea of “world citizenship” - worldliness or the cosmopolitan idea of humanity, as an answer to the ongoing challenges, discourses and trends. The main aim of the course will be to provide a re-thinking of human rights in the 21st century, as a way of addressing not only the growing “rightlessness” and “statelessness” and massive violations of human rights, but also to offer an understanding of the importance of the concepts of “dignity” and “world citizenship”, as central to human rights and peace. The course structure will be both theoretical and practical, and will involve lectures, interactions, discussions and movie and documentary screenings. It will be based on an innovative and creative approach to teaching and learning that fosters lively critical discussions, and opens up possibilities of applying the learned material outside of the classroom, providing students with skills and tools for further analysis of complex issues that basically are relevant to 21st century.

This course offers a general overview of the international legal system of courts and tribunals. It provides students with a thorough understanding of the role as well as the limitations and potential of international adjudicatory bodies in international law and international relations. The coursefirst looks at the historical and political context in which international adjudication was first developed and later expanded. It then analyzes the specific position that international adjudicatory bodies hold in the global governance system. In this quest for understanding, it begins by exploringthe most salient characteristics of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the prime example of a ‘world court’. The course will pay close attention to rules of jurisdiction and competence, as well as procedure. It will then turn to regional courts and how they have played and continue to play a role in the establishment of solid regional political identities. After this, the course will look at courts that are meant to protect the dignity and fundamental rights of individuals and considers the characteristics of human rights courts as well as international criminal courts. It will also examine economic tribunals, including the development of international claims tribunals and arbitration mechanisms for investment disputes and dispute settlement mechanisms in the context of free trade agreements, which have taken flight and are reshaping the global picture of adjudication and formal dispute settlement mechanisms. Additionally, the course will consider the role of domestic courts and the transnational dimension of domestic litigation. Finally, it will consider the implications of the growth and proliferation of international adjudication for international law as a whole.

Every communication technology presents different benefits and challenges for the protection of the right to freedom of expression, and the Internet is not the exception to this rule. Internet-based platforms provide innumerable possibilities to seek, receive, and impart information without limitations and regardless the frontiers. Thus, a reexamination of the right to freedom of expression is required. This course will introduce students to the major themes regarding the exercise and the protection of this right in the digital era.
The first part of the course will be focused on the understanding of the current social organization, and its dependency on Internet-based platforms. This contextual framework will set the basis for the legal examination of the right to freedom of expression. For this, the course will not only deal with the identification of states obligations but also with the protection of competing rights (i.e. privacy). Finally, students will be introduced to current trends regarding the exercise of the right such as protection of journalists, dissemination of hate speech, war on terror, and the role of Internet Services Providers.

Designed as an advanced workshop, this course provides a conceptual, theoretical and analytical understanding of, as well as practical skills in conflict analysis, negotiation, resolution and transformation essential in peacebuilding within and between states. Drawing on examples of complex conflicts involving nation-states, non-state groups, communities and citizens, students will examine various frameworks and tools for analyzing those conflicts, including the drivers, processes of escalation and conditions for de-escalation. The course will also provide basic knowledge, tools and skills in the vital strategy of negotiation in managing and resolving conflicts. It focuses on how the process of conducting diplomatic negotiations and other informal processes aimed at managing inter-state and intra-state conflicts have an impact on the outcomes of those conflicts, laying the foundations for outcomes ranging from stable peace to further escalation of violence. The workshop will also introduce students to various types and strategies of mediation as an important means of alternative conflict or dispute resolution. In the concluding sessions, students will examine the differences between conflict resolution and conflict transformation which focuses especially on addressing the root causes of conflicts, transforming and building long-term relationships with grassroots and community empowerment and fostering reconciliation.

This course provides a basic framework of international refugee law, policy and practice. The course focuses on the institutional framework of refugee protection and its relationship to the broader human rights system. The Course will be taught by a training group comprised by staff members of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) office in San José.

This course introduces students to International Labour Law as well as to the International Law related to labour law falling within the mandate of the International Labour Organization. Students will explore the origin, history, mandate and objectives of the ILO, fundamental conventions of the ILO, as well as the standards related activities and subjects cover by International Labour Standards. The course will pay particular attention to applying and promoting International Labour Standards, including but not limited to areas such as, Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, Migrant Workers, Child Labour, Discrimination and Forced Labour, Employment, HIV/AIDS, Indigenous People, Social Security, amongst others. A team of experts from the ILO will instruct the course.

This course is intended as a practical field exercise in conflict situations, as well as an academic seminar. The students will receive a basic training on how situations of stress or crisis influence them in a mental, physical, and professional ways. A series of scenarios drawn from contemporary conflict situations are presented to the participants as they simulate the work of journalists, NGO personnel and members of international organisations.

The UPEACE Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC) is a graduate-level simulation of the real United Nations Organization, its most important specialized agencies, and other associated organizations. UPMUNC provides a common platform for UPEACE students and participants from several other universities to discuss international affairs and to gain a greater understanding of the procedures of the United Nations. Participants become familiar with key global issues by becoming part of the international decision making process to resolve them, and in so doing, are given an opportunity to apply their skills in negotiations, public speaking, and diplomacy.

International economic relations between states, in the post WWII period, have increasingly become subject to a diverse range of bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral treaty and institutional arrangements. These include not only transnational trade and investment rules, but also rules for finance and development. In the face of such proliferation of international economic treaties and institutions, it is imperative that dispute settlement mechanisms be robust and effective, lest unresolved disputes lead to the same circumstances that contributed to the emergence of WWII. The main objective of this course is to explore the international legal dimensions of contemporary transnational economic relations, with the specific objective of understanding how dispute settlement mechanisms within the discipline work. The course will adopt a trans-disciplinary approach which encompasses not only international law, but also the fields of economics and finance, development studies, human rights and intellectual property rights. Students will look closely at the economic and legal principles of the multilateral trade system, the case for the liberalization of trade, the exceptions to the principles of liberalization, the judicial mechanisms that have been established to facilitate the settlement of trade disputes, and current initiatives for making trade work for development. Similarly, students will also look at the law governing bilateral and regional free trade and investment agreements and the legal debates emerging from the ‘spaghetti bowl’ of criss-crossing trade agreements. Finally, the course will also analyze the international legal dimensions of the Bretton Woods Institutions related to finance and development.

The geographical integrity of sovereign states is at the core of the contemporary notion of statehood itself. Therefore, when it comes to the specific delimitation of national territories, or the management of specific trans-boundary situations, there are a wealth of large and small maritime and territorial disputes. This course provides a historical overview of how international law has established the boundaries and limits of state jurisdiction, and the ways in which the international community has responded to territorial and maritime disputes around the globe. Close attention shall be given to a key player in this history: the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Additionally, this course will provide an elaborate treatment of the law of the sea and its court, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). This part of international law regulates the activities of states and persons at sea as well as maritime boundaries. Its rules are to a large extent laid down in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Convention, which has properly been called the “Constitution for the Oceans,” can be regarded as one of the major accomplishments of the United Nations, in that it deals in a comprehensive manner with all aspects of the uses of the seas, which cover over 70% of the world’s surface.

The Graduation Project is a concluding academic requirement intended to be a comprehensive and capstone outcome of the student educational performance. It is a higher academic exercise that enables the student to demonstrate the ability to identify a problem, determine an academic objective to address it and utilize an appropriate methodology to attain such objective. The Graduation Project is also intended to demonstrate the student’s ability to write and critically develop a professional and scholarly report. 

The Graduation Project can be fulfilled through one of the following modalities:

•Thesis:  8 credits
•Internship: 8 credits (3 months)
•Capstone: 5 credits*

Graduation Project Guidelines with detail information of each modality will be provided by your Academic Department.

*NOTE: Students who choose Capstone as Graduation Project must take an extra 3-credit course according the following options:
1.One additional course (face to face modality), which means taking 2 parallel regular master courses (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) if approved by the student's MA Programme Coordinator
2.One additional 3-credit course or two additional 2-credit courses (online modality), which means taking 2 or 3 parallel courses (one face-to-face master course and one 3 credit course or two 2-credit courses approved by the student's Programme Coordinator) before June 2016
3.One additional 3-credit course or two additional 2-credit courses (online modality) extended from June 2016 until December 2016 (the online course or courses must be approved by the student's Programme Coordinator)



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FACULTY

Alvaro Sierra has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has worked for the past years as a senior editor and editorial adviser of the daily El Tiempo, Bogota. He was president of the board of Medios para la Paz (Media for Peace), a major Colombian NGO of journalists that designs and teaches courses and seminars for journalists working in conditions of armed conflict. For the past eight years he has designed courses and trained local journalists in Colombia, and also in Haiti, Mexico and Ecuador. He teaches for the Knight Center of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin courses on conflict coverage and on coverage of the drug business. He has extensive experience covering armed conflicts both as a local reporter and a foreign correspondent. In the past 20 years he has worked in Nicaragua, the former Soviet Union, Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, Hong Kong and Colombia, among other places. He’s fluent in Spanish, French, Russian and English. From 2008 and 2010 he was Associate Professor at UPEACE, in charge of the MA on Media, Peace and Conflict Studies. Since January 2011 he’s back in Colombia, where he works as chief editor at Semana, the main newsweekly in the country.

Cynthia Chamberlain is Legal Officer of the Trial Division at the International Criminal Court (ICC).  She has a Masters in International Law from the Universidad Autónoma and Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain and is currently writing her Ph.D. thesis in Leiden University, The Netherlands. Previously to her work in the ICC, she worked alongside Alda Facio, in the Women’s Justice and Gender Programme and as Professor in the University of Costa Rica.

Dr. Gal Harmat holds a PhD in Gender Analysis of Peace Education and Dialogue encounters from Nitra University (Slovakia) and a M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She was a professor in conflict transformation, peace education and gender and Co-Director of the Social Justice and Peace Education Teachers Training Program, Kibbutzim Teachers College in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been teaching in the World Peace Academy (University of Basel), the European Peace University (Austria), and the Arts and Social Change College in Israel. As a Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist, she has extensive experience in training, conflict analysis, dialogue facilitation, capacity building, peace education, research, gender empowerment and gender mainstreaming since 1998 in various countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and West and South East Asia. Her consultancies include intergovernmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN Women, UNDP, and the Council of Europe), various international and regional NGOs (e.g. Non Violent Peace Force, Friends of the Earth Middle East; Peres Centre for Peace) and corporate donors (e.g. United Bank of Switzerland; Optimus Foundation).

Dr. Héctor Olásolo Alonso (Spain) Law and Doctorate degrees, Salamanca University (Spain); LL.M., Columbia University (USA). Chair in International Law and Director of the International Law Clinic at the University of El Rosario (Colombia); Chairman of the Ibero-American Institute of The Hague for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (The Netherlands); Ad Hoc Professor at the Hague University for Applied Sciences (The Netherlands); and Director of the Anuario Ibero-Americano de Derecho Internacional Penal (ANIDIP). Prof. Olasolo has been Legal Officer at the International Criminal Court (2004-2010) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2002-2004), Expert Witness before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; External Advisor to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon; Member of the UN roster for the appointment of International Magistrates at the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia; and Chair in International Criminal Law at Utrecht University (2010-2012). He has published fifteen monographs and over sixty articles and chapters of books in Spanish and English.
Jan Breitling is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Development at University for Peace. He holds a BSc. in Tropical Forestry, from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, and a MSc. in Environmental Sciences from WUR Wageningen University and Research Center, The Netherlands. His research interests include root causes of deforestation and Global Environmental Change, and Environmental Governance, specifically market based approaches addressing biodiversity conservation and Climate Change.
Jana Lozanoska, LL.M in international humanitarian law from the University of Geneva, is a Doctoral Candidate at the University for Peace. Her research is a critique on human rights that is based on the idea of human dignity as proposed by the German-Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt. Her current research interests are in the field of human rights, political theory and political philosophy. Her professional career of twelve years is a combination of academia, research and policy area. She served as an Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia for two years. She had contributed frequently as regular columnist in several daily newspapers in Macedonia. Lozanoska had published three poetry books and one novel. She continues to research and publish on issues related to international law, human rights, gender and LGBT, regional and international organizations. Follow her doctoral research blog at: https://rethinkinghumanity.wordpress.com/

Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo is the Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at UPEACE. He is also Associate Professor of International Law at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas since 1998. Professor of Humanitarian International Law at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogota since 2009; he was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Washington College of Law at the American University in 2008-2009. He served as Jurist to the Regional Delegation of Venezuela and the Caribbean of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo has a Law Degree, Master in International Law and Doctorate (Cum Laude) from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas and a Master Degree from Oxford University, UK. He has published four books on international law and international relations and a numerous articles in different publications in the field.

Head, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies, Resident Professor and Academic Coordinator of International Peace Studies Programme and International Peace Studies with specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies Programme
Dr. Manish Thapa is Head of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and Resident Professor of International Peace Studies Master Programme at the University for Peace. He is one of the founding members of Department of Conflict, Peace & Development Studies at Tribhuvan University Nepal (2007-2015). He is also currently Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw, Poland and Senior Research Fellow at Center for Europe – University of Warsaw- Poland. He received his Post Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Warsaw. He has served as Research Fellow in several universities and institutes in Europe and North America such as the University of Warsaw; Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Uppsala University; Brown University; McGill-Echenberg Human Rights Fellow & Jeanne Sauvé Scholar, McGill University; Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. His publications include 6 books and numerous journal articles and book chapters including "Foreign Policy in the Global South: Anti-Westernism, Rhetoric and Identity" (Co-editor), London: Routledge 2017 (Forthcoming - In Press); "From Bullet to Ballot – Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Nepal: Lessons Learned and Unlearned" (Editor), London: Routledge 2017 (Proposal accepted); “Internal Conflicts & Peacebuilding Challenges" (Editor), New Delhi: K W Publishers 2016 and "India in the Contemporary World: Polity, Economy and International Relations" (Co-editor), London: Routledge 2014.

Mariateresa Garrido is Teaching Assistant and a Doctoral Student at UPEACE. She holds two Master's Degrees one from UPEACE in International Law and the Settlement of the Disputes and one from the Central University of Venezuela in International Law. Prior to her Master's Degree she had been working in promoting and defending human rights in Venezuela with different organizations such as Transparency International and Espacio Publico. Her principal research area is related to freedom of expression and safety of journalists.

Mayumi Yamada (Ph.D.).
Resident Professor and Head of Doctoral Programme

Dr. Mayumi Yamada is Resident Professor and Head of the Doctoral Programme of the UN Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. Prior to joining UPEACE, she worked as the Recovery, Reintegration & Peace Building Officer of United Nations Mission in South Sudan. During the December Crisis 2013 in South Sudan, she remained as a life-saving staff, directly managing one of the biggest Protection of Civilians sites by supporting humanitarian assistance. Before joining UNMISS, she worked with UNDP Offices in Kazakhstan (Semipalatinsk: ex-nuclear testing sites), Maldives, Lao PDR and Solomon Islands, and the UN Centre for Regional Development (Disaster Management Planning Unit). She holds a Ph.D. Degree in Sustainable Development from Imperial College London, UK. She is originally from Kobe (Japan), who survived from the Great Hanshin- Awaji Earthquake in 1995.

Dr. Mihir Kanade (India) is the Academic Coordinator of UPEACE, the Head of its Department of International Law, and the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre. He holds an LL.B. from Nagpur University (India) and a Master degree and Doctorate from UPEACE. He is also an adjunct faculty at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio (Spain), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), and Long Island University (United States). His principal area of academic research and study is International Law, Human Rights and Globalization, covering several themes within that interface including trade and investment, sustainable development, forced migration, indigenous peoples’ rights, public health, amongst others. He has extensive experience in training staff of inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as professionals, in the field of human rights. He acts as an advisor to several human rights organizations and corporations on issues related to international law and human rights. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the International Bar Association on the topic of Business and Human Rights. He also leads a project of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting the Right to Development. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Mihir practiced for several years as a lawyer at the Bombay High Court and at the Supreme Court of India.
Dr. Miriam Estrada-Castillo (Ecuador) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Law. Prior to joining UPEACE, Dr. Estrada-Castillo worked as the Senior legal and political officer in the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). Prior to that position, she has worked with the UN system in various capacities, including as the International Prosecutor General, UN Peacekeeping Mission for East-Timor (DPKO), Expert and Vice-Chairperson of the Monitoring Committee of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Chief of Field of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Latin America Regional Adviser on Gender, Human Rights and Culture of Peace for UNESCO. She has also worked as the President of the Ecuadorian Supreme Court of Juvenile Justice and as the Minister of Social Affairs in Ecuador. In her academic life, she worked recently as the Director of Master Degree Courses on Gender and the Law and Children in Armed Conflict, Lund University, Sweden. She is a Visiting Professor of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) and has also taught courses as a Visiting Professor at the Australian National University. She is the author of the Ecuadorian Law on Violence against Women and of the first Legislation for Minors and Family in the country.

Docteur en droit, University of Strasbourg, France. Specialized studies (political sciences and constitutional law) in the Center for Constitutional Studies, Madrid. Former Alternate Representative to the United Nations (Geneva). Former Legal Director, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (San Jose, C. Rica). Professor at the University of Costa Rica since 1984. Publications in the field of international and constitutional law. Former Viceminister of Interior, Costa Rica.

 

Instructor, Liason, Media, Peace and Conflict Studies Specialization and Editor, Peace and Conflict Monitor and Peace and Conflict Review Ross Ryan holds degrees in political science and literature from McMaster University, Canada and the M.A. degree in environmental security from the University for Peace, Costa Rica. He is chief editor of the Peace and Conflict Monitor and managing editor of the Peace and Conflict Review, as well as instructor in the department of peace studies and liaison officer of the media, peace and conflict studies specialization. He is currently working on a research project entitled “Information Technology, Civic Engagement, and the Cyber-Ethnography of Peace Movements”.

Valentina Volpe is Associate Professor (Maître de conférences) of Public International Law at the Lille Catholic University and Senior Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. She holds a Ph.D. summa cum laude in Law and Legal Theory from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) of Naples (today Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa) and is a former Vis­iting Researcher at Yale Law School. During her career, she has had the opportunity to study in Italy, France and in the US and to work as project man­ager in the NGO sector. She is currently an Associ­ate Lecturer at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome and at the UN-mandate University for Peace (UPEACE) in San José, Costa Rica. She has been a Visiting Professor at the CUPL of Beijing and at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Her research interests cover the fields of global, European and international public law, encompassing disciplines such as global governance, democracy promotion, human rights, com­parative public law, and European law.
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