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For 29 diplomats from 17 nations, an NYU Law classroom offered a chance to learn about the internal law of the United Nations. José Alvarez, Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law, addressed a range of complex issues in Law and Practice of the UN, the inaugural course of the Institute for Executive Education (IEE).

The IEE, launched this past January, offers non-degree programs for professionals. The UN course was customized and developed with the United Arab Emirates for young diplomats of all nations.

Although the students were advanced professionals, not all had legal training. The course therefore provided a compressed, high-level version of the kinds of discussions that might occur in Alvarez’s three-credit course International Organizations. “My goal is not to solve the problem, just to frame it for you,” Alvarez told the class.

“Sometimes diplomats lack legal knowledge, and sometimes lawyers lack diplomacy skills,” says Damira Zhanatova, from the Kazakhstan Mission to the UN, “so the synergy in the course of law, diplomacy, business, and political issues together is really useful.”

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