International Law & Politics Field School


Explore international criminal law and the law of armed conflict

This unique experience can only be achieved by studying abroad. POLS398/9.0 is a single course split into 3 modules - International Law and Politics, Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes, and The Law and Politics of Armed Conflict.

Highlights of the Specialised Program in International Law & Politics:Alert Box

  • Earn 9.0 units (three courses) in a single intensive program at Queen’s University’s international campus based at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex. You can then take two electives from our diverse offering for a total of 15.0 units for the Winter Term.

  • Be part of a small, vibrant community, where all members are encouraged and supported to fulfil their academic potential and discover their place in the world.

  • Benefit from small class sizes offering you graduate-style contact with your instructors.

  • Explore the key norms and players in international law, and be introduced to its history and actors, explore the United Nations and address key contemporary issues in international law.

  • Expand your global network for possible internships, volunteering opportunities, graduate school placements and future careers.

  • Benefit from one-on-one access to expert supervisors in your field with real-world experience working in key governmental and supra-governmental institutions.

  • Satisfy plan requirements for POLS Major and POLS Medial, as well as the PPEC-POLS stream.

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This is a unique undergraduate program specifically designed for upper-year undergraduate students (in their third or fourth year), offering foundational knowledge about the relationships between international politics and international law.

Whether you are considering a career in politics, international relations, journalism, global development, human rights or plan to pursue further education in law or graduate school, you will be differentiating yourself from your peers when you enroll in the Specialized Program in International Law and Politics.

This program will allow you to acquire a combination of knowledge, analytical skills, and international experience – all sought-after assets for a variety of potential employers.

Program alumni destinations include internships with the UN in Kosovo and with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Royal Military College, and graduate studies in the UK.

Participants enrol in POLS 398/9.0, and 2 elective courses from the general program to a maximum of 15.0 units.

POLS 398/9.0 Introduction to Law and Politics

You will begin your program by studying the key norms and players in international law and the role of law in limiting the use of force, governing environmental politics and trade, as well as in structuring international governance bodies. With this legal foundation, you will be ready to explore the field of comparative genocide studies and international criminal law, and to address more complex legal concepts in the areas of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the law of armed conflict. 


Course offerings are subject to change for reasons including, but not limited to, enrolment numbers. Students will have access to academic advising services if changes impact their course selections.

Experiential Learning Opportunities and mid-term trip are indicative and may change subject to operational and/or academic requirements.

Queen's students: Grades will show on your Queen's University transcript and count towards your CUM GPA.

Non-Queen's students: Following the grade release date you can request a transcript from the University Registrar. Transcripts will be sent automatically to students from partner universities.

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