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Students will gain an understanding of the various judicial and non-judicial bodies that are at the frontline of questions of interpretation, the development of international human rights standards, and enforcement. In addition, students receive training in hands on skills in the realm of reporting, monitoring and evaluation of human rights. Finally, as the globalization of business and investment is increasing in force and speed, with important human rights implications, this specialization explores the interaction between economics and rights, asking critical questions about this process and potential solutions.

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  • Overview

    International Law and the Settlement of Disputes

    The Master of Arts Degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes 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. 

  • Study Plan

    Academic Course Calendar and Professors

    Code Courses Type Professor Credits Weeks Dates Hours Classroom
    UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More Amr Abdalla(Egypt) View More 3 3 weeks 26-Aug-2019 13-Sep-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    DIL-6100 Public International Law (3 credits) View More Mandatory Mihir Kanade(India) View More Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo(Venezuela) View More Mariateresa Garrido Villareal(Venezuela) View More 3 3 weeks 18-Sep-2019 08-Oct-2019 8:45am-11:45am Classroom #1
    UPM 6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory José Riera-Cézanne(United States) View More Robert Serry(Netherlands) View More Guest Speakers() View More 2 2 weeks 14-Oct-2019 25-Oct-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    DIL-6101 International Human Rights Law (2... View More Mandatory Mihir Kanade(India) View More 2 2 weeks 30-Oct-2019 12-Nov-2019 1:15pm.-4:15pm. Council Room
    DIL-6105 Universal System for Protection of... View More Mandatory Mariateresa Garrido Villareal(Venezuela) View More 1 1 weeks 13-Nov-2019 19-Nov-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    DIL-6123 International Law Related to Armed... View More Mandatory Sergio Ugalde(Costa Rica) View More 1 1 weeks 25-Nov-2019 29-Nov-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    DIL-6124 International Law Related to Armed... View More Mandatory Nobuo Hayashi(Japan) View More 2 2 weeks 02-Dec-2019 13-Dec-2019 8:45am-11:45am Council Room
    DIL-6111 The Kurds between Past and... View More Optional Mohammed Ihsan(Iraq) View More 2 2 weeks 13-Jan-2020 24-Jan-2020 1:15pm.-4:15pm. Classroom #1
    DIL-6077 Transitional Justice and International Criminal... View More Mandatory Cynthia Chamberlain(Costarrican) View More Mariateresa Garrido Villareal(Venezuela) View More Thomas Koerner(Germany) View More 3 3 weeks 13-Jan-2020 31-Jan-2020 1:15pm.-4:15pm. Classroom #3
    DIL-6120 International and Transnational Adjudication View More Mandatory Sergio Ugalde(Costa Rica) View More 3 3 weeks 03-Feb-2020 21-Feb-2020 1:15pm-4:15pm Classroom #4
    UPE 6073 Religious Peacebuilding and the Ecological... View More Optional Lesya Sabada() View More 1 1 week 10-Feb-2020 14-Feb-2020 1:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
    UPM-6003 The United Nations System and... View More Mandatory UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 1 3 days 26-Feb-2020 28-Feb-2020 8:45am-4:15pm. Council Room
    DIL-6121 Counter-terrorism and Human Rights View More Mandatory Sergio Ugalde(Costa Rica) View More 2 2 weeks 02-Mar-2020 13-Mar-2020 8:45am-11:45am Classroom #1
    DIL-6026 International Economic Law View More Mandatory Mihir Kanade(India) View More 3 3 weeks: March 16-27 8:45am-11:45am, and March 30-April 3 1:15pm-4:15pm. 16-Mar-2020 03-Apr-2020 8:45am-4:15pm. Classroom #6
    DIL-6081 Maritime & Territorial Dispute Settlement View More Mandatory Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo(Venezuela) View More Helga Gudmundsdóttir(Iceland) View More 3 3 weeks One double session TBC 13-Apr-2020 30-Apr-2020 8:45am-11:45am Classroom #4
    UPE 6064 Working in Conflict and Post-Conflict... View More Optional UPEACE Resident Faculty() View More 2 2 weeks 11-May-2020 15-May-2020 - Classroom #3
    DIL-6127 UN Environmental Diplomacy and Sustainable... View More Optional Narinder Kakar(India) View More 2 2 weeks 13-May-2020 26-May-2020 1:15pm.-4:15pm. Classroom #2
    DIL-6103 Protection of Refugees (1 credit) View More Mandatory Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(Costa Rica) View More 1 1 week 18-May-2020 22-May-2020 8:45am-11:45am Classroom #6
    DIL-6084 International Labour Law View More Mandatory ILO Team(Costa Rica) View More 1 1 week 25-May-2020 29-May-2020 8:45am-11:45am Classroom #6
    DIL-6106 Indigenous Peoples' Rights (1 credit) View More Mandatory Mihir Kanade(India) View More 1 1 week 01-Jun-2020 05-Jun-2020 1:15pm.-4:15pm. Classroom #6
  • Faculty


    Resident Faculty

    • Dr. Mihir Kanade (India), Head of the Department;
    • Dr. Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo (Venezuela), Professor and Dean of the University for Peace;
    • Dr. Mariateresa Garrido (Venezuela), Assistant Professor; and
    • Dr. Jose Riera-Cezanne (United States), Adjunct Professor.

    Visiting Professors 2019-2020

    • Jan Arno Hesbruegge (Germany)
    • Helga Gudmundsdóttir (Iceland)
    • Nobuo Hayashi (Japan)
    • Mohammed Ihsan (Iraq)
    • ILO Team
    • Narinder Kakar (India)
    • Thomas Koerner (Germany)
    • Luis Diego Obando (Costa Rica)
    • Robert Serry (The Netherlands)
    • Sergio Ugalde (Costa Rica)
  • Requirements

    Admissions Requirements

    The following documentation is required to complete your application process for the UPEACE on-campus M.A. programmes. Please have them ready and on hand before beginning your online application process, as they will need to be uploaded into the system.

    Required supporting documents to be uploaded:

    • English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS)
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Official Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree) Transcripts and Degree Certificate
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    • UPEACE Acknowledgment of Financial Responsibility (click here to download)
    • Copy of Passport (front page with photo only)
    • Passport-size photo

    Detailed information on each requirement can be found here.

    The online application requires electronic (PDF) scans of required documents. Should admission be granted, the following documents will be eventually be required in official hard copy:

    • English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS) - if applicable
    • UPEACE TOEFL Code: 7180
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Degree Certificate (and English translations if applicable)
    • Six (6) passport-size photos.

    Upon submission of the online application form and supporting uploaded documents, the UPEACE Admissions system will send an automatic confirmation email. The date and time of submission will be noted in the system. Applications received after the established deadline will be considered for admission for the following academic year. Each application received by the established deadline will be reviewed for completeness. A second acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant by the Admissions Officer, informing him/her of the status of his/her application, whether it is complete and able to be passed on for academic review.

    We are not able to provide any information about the status of applicants over the phone or to third parties. Information will only be provided to the applicant using the email provided in the online application form. Please address any email inquiries to 


  • Cost & Finalcial Aid

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    UPEACE is a not-for-profit institution and has limited funds for financial assistance. Therefore we strive for balance, diverse class composition, and merit in distributing financial assistance among admitted students.

    Conditions of UPEACE Scholarships & Financial Assistance

    The prospective applicant has to be admitted to UPEACE in order to receive any possibility of financial assistance from the University, the latter of which is subject to the following conditions:

    • The financial assistance awarded is non-negotiable.
    • The scholarships/waivers do not apply to the US$ 2,500 administrative fee. This fee is mandatory for all students and is non-refundable if the student wishes to withdraw from UPEACE before completing his/her degree. Admitted students must comply with this financial obligation to UPEACE according to the required deadline outlined in their official admissions documents.
    • Applicants are only eligible for one waiver category per application period. Waiver categories cannot be combined.
    • Applicants eligible for a 50% waiver must apply directly through the UPEACE Admissions Office.

    Automatic Scholarships/Waivers

    30% Tuition Waiver (Automatic)

    Available to M.A. and Doctorate students that meet one of the following criteria:

    50% Tuition Waiver (Automatic) 

    Available to M.A. and Doctorate students that meet one of the following criteria:

    • Professors from a partner university
    • Costa Rican citizens and residents (host country)
    • Current, full-time UN employees and volunteers
    • Documented refugee or asylee

    30% or 50% Tuition Waiver (Merit Based) - Available to Master's applicants who do not belong to the above categories. These waivers are offered in limited number and will be awarded by merit, not financial condition. These waivers are not available to doctorate students.


    Tuition USD $17,000.00
    Administrative Fees* USD $2,500.00
    Total USD $19,500.00

    Administrative Fees are not refundable

    Payment Dates

    First Payment - Due date determined based on admission date USD $11,000.00
    Final Payment - No later than 15-October-2019 $8,500 USD $8,500.00
    Total USD $19,500.00

    Administrative Fees are not refundable

  • Student Life

    Student Body

    The University for Peace is characterized by its diversity and multiculturalism. For 2018-2019, we have 174 students from 55 countries (166 women vs. 58 men). 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.). 

    Learn more about what to expect from your stay in Costa Rica, including approximate living expenses, here.

    Join us, your future is waiting for you!

  • Career Info

    Career Prospects

    Graduates of these programmes will gain knowledge, capacities, skills and motivation relevant to professional work in international, national and local government or civil society agencies and organizations. UPEACE Alumni are prepared to succeed in fields related to conflict analysis, resolution and transformation; nonviolence; disarmament; peace-making, peacekeeping and peace-building; security sector reform; local/global justice; transnational organized crime; conflict and peace-sensitive policy-making, as well as in tribunals at the local, regional, and global levels, not to mention peace and conflict studies/research.

  • Apply


    The UPEACE application process is 100% online through our application forms. Before you being filling out the application form that pertains to your chosen programme, please make sure to take note of the following:

    • On the first page of your application form, there is a personalized code. Please write it down for future reference; you will need it to sign back in to your application in the case that it cannot be completed all at one time. 
    • In order facilitate the filling out of the online application, please make sure you have reviewed the requirements for your programme's admission and have the documentation on hand before you begin. 
    • Please make sure you select the correct M.A. application form before filling it out. For regular M.A. programmes, please select the option "M.A. Programmes - Apply Here."
    • If you require any assistance in the completion of your application, please contact the Admissions Team immediately; they will gladly assist you.


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