IPCR Careers: Human Rights and International Law
IPCR Program graduates can take their degrees, if they so choose into the arena of both international and domestic conflict resolution in several ways. Some students choose to pursue a career in human rights advocacy. A student can take his/her background in human rights, and combine it with either a geographic area of interest (for example, China, Southeast Asia, Central America, Commonwealth of Independent States, United States) or a topical area of interest (Gender-based rights, children’s rights, migrant workers’ rights, civil liberties, ethnic conflict, etc.) through their second-year study/internship/thesis, to enter this ever-growing arena.
Students who choose to pursue careers in international law may find their M.A. degree suitable preparation for J.D studies, and pursue law school directly upon finishing their M.A. Others enter the arena directly through rights advocacy or public-interest groups. Still others enter the field through regulatory agencies both domestic and international, such as the EPA or the IAEA, or through democracy-building in transitional governments.
Also in the arena of law (both international and domestic) is the rapidly growing field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). ADR is quickly becoming a formalized legal tool at all levels of society, for addressing problems ranging from individual parties in dispute in local municipalities to nation states arrayed in complex international conflict. ADR is fast proving itself to be an effective, resource-saving option for parties who wish to step outside the traditional model of litigation, and the M.A. in IPCR serves students well who wish to bring these skills to the legal/judicial sector.