Program Overview

Diplomacy and international law are critical components in addressing issues of seminal public concern. As populations flee repressive regimes and political issues have ramifications beyond any one state’s borders, the need for real-world solutions and the leaders who can implement them is paramount.

Core Courses

Our interdisciplinary courses are designed to help you think critically about complex diplomatic and international legal issues in real-life contexts, while applying theory to practice and addressing some of the key questions facing the world today. 

PO5005 Philo. Found. Of Internat'l Relations

Articulated within the emergence of the European nation-state and born in the context of the First World War and its aftermath, the discursive field of International Relations is organized around the constitutive concepts of conflict, anarchy, power, system, rule, law, and justice, and the practices of civil society and political economy. These concepts and practices organize, in turn, both the major schools of International Relations theory and contemporary methodological pluralism. This course interrogates these founding concepts from a philosophical perspective within the historical and discursive context of each major school: 1) from classical liberalism to international liberalism; 2) from classical realism to modern realism; 3) the ‘English School’ of IR theory (Bull); 4) Marxist tenets within international relations (from Karl Marx to international political economy); 5) Modern and Contemporary Critical Liberalism (Polanyi and Held); 6) The philosophical grounds of contemporary Constructivism.


PO5075 Ecole De Guerre Practicum

This course prepares AUP students to play the role of international NGO humanitarian aid workers, responsible for providing relief to tens of thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire during the Exercise Coalition, a polyvalent simulation of military intervention organized and operated by the French War College (Ecole de Guerre) with civilian partners.


PO5002 Modules

The module topics change each semester and are taught by working professionals in the fields of international affairs, conflict resolution and civil society development. Each semester four or more different modules are offered.


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Learning Environment
University of Oxford International Human Rights Law Summer Programme

As your final requirement for the MADIL degree, you will put your intellectual experiences to use at the Oxford Law School. While studying there, you will begin your last step in preparing for a successful career as a human rights professional, by taking courses that focus on the theory and practice of international human rights law. You will also choose elective courses to help you acquire specialized knowledge in a particular area of study. In addition to mandatory and elective courses, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a career panel and attend a lecture series by some of the most prominent professionals in the field. This four-week course is held during the summer at Oxford University in England. 

Alumni Careers
Success Around the World

Our alumni live all over the world. Whether they’re leading companies, pursuing further education, or participating in government, they’re creating change wherever they go. 

Alumni Stories

Jean-Baptiste Matton '15

Master of Arts International Affairs

I decided to apply to AUP’s MA program after I graduated from a course at l'Ecole de Guerre.

Your Faculty

  • Ruth Corran

    Professor, Department Chair

  • Cynthia Fleury

    Associate Professor

  • Hall Gardner

    Professor, Department Co-Chair

  • Philip Golub

    Professor, Department Co-Chair

  • Sophie Mills


  • Julie Newton

    Associate Professor

  • Susan Perry

    Professor, Program Director MAs in International Affairs

  • Ali Rahnema


  • Simon Raiser


  • Bjorn Warkalla


  • Sharon Weill

    Senior Lecturer