1. The Global Context

United Nations Geneva_6The Global Context, sets out the political, economic and legal environment within which the multilateral organizations operate. Students will also gain insight into the moral, ethical and social realities facing international managers, who must understand the legal environment, encourage ethical behaviour, analyse lobbying strategies, and weigh difficult trade-offs in the real world.


Modules in this section include:

1. Introduction to International Organizations & NGOs
This course introduces IOs and NGOs from a historical perspective. It then focuses on legal structures, decision-making processes and the implementation of different organizational mandates. In the second part students visit 4-5 organizations based in Geneva.

Julian Fleet, Permanent Observer representing the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to the United Nations

2. Practice of International Relations
The growing intensity, and velocity of global interactions requires new approaches to studying the practice of international relations. This course combines theory and case study practice to make sense of an increasingly complex global actor and issue landscape. The course is based on highly interactive and participatory group learning and puts an emphasis on presentation and discussion skills.

Dr. Sebastian Buckup, World Economic Forum and Dr. Stephan Mergenthaler, World Economic Forum

3. International Law and its Effects on IOs and NGOs
This course focuses on the effects that international law has on the creation and functioning of international intergovernmental organizations. It deals with how IOs operate in this system of law, as well as with their influence on the legal aspect of international relations. The emerging role of NGOs and their impact on intergovernmental organizations is also considered.

Dr. Drazen Petrovic, International Labour Office

4. Conflict Resolution in Business & Politics
Increasing interdependence within and between societies inevitably leads to conflicts of interest. A dominant way to overcome these obstacles is the new disciplines of conflict resolution and negotiation. After setting the stage with theories of conflict and cooperation, this course covers structural and dynamic issues of negotiation processes. It combines analytical and practical techniques with discussion of real-world examples from business and political conflicts at international level.

Robert Weibel, The Centre for European Negotiation and Decision-making (CENAD)

5. Business & Society
After an introduction to the roles and drivers of society’s different stakeholders, the business case for engaging in society is discussed. The course’s core focus lies on the different ways in which companies can and do engage socially, and how they can benefit society and the environment. The course then provides insights and practical learning on engagement measurement, company ratings and non-financial reporting, the manifold forms of collaboration between the UN system and business, as well as on the business of climate change.

Dr. Valérie Federico-Weinzierl, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance and University of Geneva

6. Leadership and Strategic Change in the UN system
The course provides a conceptual framework for understanding the concept of leadership in the UN System. It analyses the practice of leadership by successive Secretaries General and explores the experience with different leadership models. The course examines current and past efforts at reform in the UN.

Dr. Bruce Jenks, Columbia University

7. Cross Sector Partenrships
Cross-sector partnerships are increasingly becoming mainstream in areas where societal actors detect own boundaries, sense efficiency gains through collaboration, or recognize opportunities behind interdependencies. This course explains the global evolution of partnerships and the manifold types that emerged, it zooms-in on the management of partnerships, and provides guidelines as to when partnerships can and should be utilized. At the heart of the course, study-groups together with the actual partnership managers critically study, analyze, and compare a suite of globally successful partnerships.

Dr. Valérie Federico-Weinzierl, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance and University of Geneva