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 structure of human resources management in the creation of an international civil service and staff of international non-governmental organizations. 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 basic human resources management principles are applied in international organizations like the UN system, what differences, if any, exist in this context and why. Another issue to be examined is the selection process for staff and for leadership roles, including the executive heads of international organizations, and recommendations for reform of the process.