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International Relations Summer Institute

Are you a rising junior or senior in high school? Eager to learn about international law? Interested in human rights? Academically motivated? Passionate about real world problems? Ready to interact with experts on current issues? Motivated to develop and apply new skills? Then we'd love to see you at our 2018 Summer Institute on International Law and Human Rights Monday, July 16-Friday, July 20, 2018.

Through a series of seminars, newsflash briefings and interactive exercises, our week-long Institute will provide you with a strong understanding of international law, human rights and advocacy. You'll connect with a cohort of peers who share similar interests, as you expand your research and communications skills and develop your college/career readiness.


The program is structured around a series of seminars led by full-time faculty of the School of Diplomacy, our career development professionals, University Librarian, and Academic Resource Center staff.

Participants will spend four days on Seton Hall's South Orange campus. The campus experience will be complemented by one day in New York City where students will take advantage of the School's alliance with the UN community by visiting either UN Headquarters or the United Nations Foundation.

In addition to faculty presentations, students will participate in group exercises and real-world simulations, debate, team and group work.

College/career readiness workshops may include: intro to business protocol and dining etiquette, time management/study skills, internships as career development, leadership skill inventory, career inventory, social media, resume writing, interview skills and academic research techniques.

A typical day includes:

  • Breakfast 
  • Breaking news briefing 
  • Presentations and discussion with faculty experts 
  • Group exercise 
  • Lunch 
  • Guest speaker 
  • College/Career Readiness Workshop I 
  • Dinner 
  • College/Career Readiness Workshop II

The International Law and Human Rights Summer Institute will immerse participants in activities from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day, and examine the following topics:

  • Introduction to human rights 
  • Human rights advocacy
  • Human rights courts and international institutions
  • Criteria to prosecute perpetrators of international crimes
  • International law and refugee protection
  • Role of the United Nations and human rights
  • Economic and social rights versus civil and political rights


Attendance at all Summer Institute sessions results in a certificate of completion from the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy. Institute tuition of $965.00 includes:

  • Four days on Seton Hall's South Orange, NJ campus 
  • One day in New York City: United Nations or United Nations Foundation (bus transportation included to/from campus) 
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Academic sessions + group exercises
  • College/Career readiness workshops

View Our Registration Checklist and Confirm Your Seat

Should you require special accommodations to participate in any events taking place on campus due to a disability, please contact Dr. Ursula Sanjamino, Associate Dean, at or (973) 313-6210 to make arrangements.


  • Jump-start your understanding of international law, human rights and advocacy 
  • Build your skills in research, communication and leadership 
  • Connect with motivated peers who share similar interests 
  • Immerse yourself in the complexities of current global affairs 
  • Learn good practices now to help you succeed after your high school graduation

Faculty Listing

The 2018 International Relations Summer Institute will be led by Dr. Zinaida Miller. Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, where she teaches Public International Law, Human Rights Law and Policy, and International Human Rights.

She received her Ph.D. and Master's degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Dr. Miller has served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Global Governance for the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University, a Senior and Doctoral Fellow for the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law, and a Visiting Fellow in International Studies at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

Dr. Miller's research has focused on themes of post-conflict reconstruction, transitional justice, human rights, and the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, among others.

Zinaida Miller
Zinaida Miller
Assistant Professor, International Law and Human Rights
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Take the Next Step

Please click here to register for the 2018 International Relations Summer Institute, to be held from July 16-20. The deadline to submit your registration and deposit is April 30. Your final balance is due by May 30.


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Dr. Ursula Sanjamino
Associate Dean
School of Diplomacy and International Relations
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