Document Type



Fall 2015



Course Number

DIPL 6105

Course Description

This course explores the history and nature of international institutions as they address particular issues confronting the global community, with a focus on the creation and the meaning of an "international civil service" and staff of international organizations (“IOs”), international governmental organizations (“IGOs”), and non-governmental organizations (“NGOs”). Questions to be explored concern the way a secretariat is involved with member states in the creation and implementation of international law, global governance, and relations between states and non-state actors. Other questions consider how international organizations like the UN system work; what authority in the UN Charter exists as the basis of current practices; the selection process for staff and leadership roles, including the executive heads of international organizations; and recommendations for reform of the process.