Ethical, Legal and Political Dimensions of International Intervention

Key information

Start date:
To be confirmed

Next course will be summer 2023

Attendance dates:
To be confirmed
Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:


This executive short course gives you the opportunity to step back from the day-to-day pressures of working in international intervention, and to engage intervention in its ethical, legal, and political dimensions. It features a unique mix of academic instruction and practical application. Through structured learning, mentoring and scenario-based collaborative group-work with experts and experienced professors in practice in the Centre for International Intervention, this dynamic course addresses the challenges of international intervention in both theory and practice.

This course is designed for mid-career and experienced professionals in the humanitarian, diplomatic, military, development, private and third sectors. At the end of the course you will gain associate fellow status with the Centre for International Intervention, gaining access to a continuous learning group of professionals involved in the practice of international intervention. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, you will be equipped with the conceptual tools to understand international intervention, and have experienced the practical challenges of advocacy, diplomacy, and post-conflict planning.

Course content

  • Ethics of humanitarian protection
  • Geopolitical aspects of intervention
  • Intervention in international law
  • Nature of contemporary conflict
  • Peace-building, justice and reconstruction

Course contributors

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Michael Aaronson

Visiting Professor in Practice

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Dr Joshua Andresen

Associate Professor of National Security and Foreign Relations Law

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Dr Nicholas Kitchen

Senior Lecturer in International Relations; Director, Centre for the Study of Global Power Competition (CGPC)

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Dr Alex Leveringhaus

Lecturer in Political Theory; Co-Director, Centre for International Intervention

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Susan Scholefield

Visiting Professor in Practice

Associate fellow status

At the end of this course, you will be presented with a certificate of attendance and will be inaugurated as associate fellows of the Centre for International Intervention. This network of associate fellows will constitute a continuous learning group through which course alumni can engage in professional networking and problem solving around issues related to the practice of intervention. As an Associate Fellow, you will have ongoing preferential access to Centre for International Intervention research and events.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.


This course is targeted at mid-career and experienced professionals in the humanitarian, diplomatic, military, development, private and third sectors, in particular those whose roles involve acting internationally in the developing world.

Fees and funding

Price per person:


There is a 10% discount for group bookings.

What these fees include

This includes catering, parking, learning materials as well as a networking drinks reception at the end of day one.

Funding opportunities

Bursaries to cover tuition fees may be available to selected applicants. Please enquire when you register your interest for this course.

How to apply

Interested applicants should send their CV to

The next course will start in summer 2023.

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Centre for International Intervention

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH