International Negotiation and Policy-Making

Knowledge, skills and tools to negotiate and make decisions in a complex world

Learn from expert policy officials, negotiators and faculty together with professionals working in international organisations, diplomatic missions, public administration, non-governmental organisations, think tanks, multi-stakeholder initiatives and business.

In four intensive modules, you’ll gain a sound understanding of global governance, international policy and international negotiation:


Module 1

- Fundamentals of Global Governance - Online (3 hours/week for 7 weeks)

  • Understand the international system and geopolitical landscape

  • Identify the actors, organisations and governance forums for various challenges

  • Master the fundamentals of international law, economics and political economy

  • Examine hot issues and cases in international affairs


Module 2

- International Policy: Processes and Analysis - In person/hybrid

  • Understand the phases and cycles of international policy processes

  • Assess the policy landscape and weigh up policy options for different issues

  • Sharpen your communication skills and learn how to prepare a policy brief

  • Acquire tools for effective policy- and decision-making

  • Learn how to engage in multi-stakeholder environments


Modules 3 & 4

- International Negotiation: Theoretical and Practical Skills - In person/hybrid

  • Acquire deep knowledge of international negotiation theory and psychology

  • Exercise bilateral and multilateral negotiations with multiple stakeholders

  • Understand the difference between negotiation and mediation

  • Learn how to communicate effectively with different counter-parts

  • Learn how to take decisions in complex, unstable environments

  • Assess negotiation outcomes



Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy Making (Diploma of Advanced Studies, 30 ECTS)
Counts towards the Master of Advanced Studies in International Strategy and Adaptive Leadership.

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Applications close on 3 October 2021

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+41 (0)22 908 57 28



Course dates 2021-22
Module 1: 6 Sep. to 22 Oct. 2021
Module 2: 16 to 26 Nov. 2021
Module 3: 9 to 18 Mar. 2022
Module 4: 2 to 11 May 2022



CHF 22'000
Discounts for early bird, full payment, apply with a colleague, alumni, chèque formation...
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Entry requirements

  • Professional experience, motivation, and applicability for your career:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline

  • Minimum 8 years of professional work experience

  • English language

Alumni benefits

  • Executive Education graduates join the Graduate Institute alumni network of 19,000+

  • 10% discount on future Executive Education programmes

  • Networking and professional development opportunities

  • Alumni regional chapters in 20+ countries

Programme assessments

  • Final research or policy paper on a subject of your choice

  • Mandatory class attendance

  • Successfully complete module assignments

Programme overview webinar

Participant Testimonials

Ivan Ng


Ivan ng '18

General Manager & Director, Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific, Singapore

“I work in a transnational company with multiple stakeholders, global, regional and local and multi-functional teams from marketing, supply-chain, sales, legal and more. The INP programme has taught me how to navigate around this internal complexity towards a common consensus in multi-stakeholder environments.”

Ivan Ng is a Singaporean, with 13 years of working experience throughout Asia Pacific markets at Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson, as well as founder of 2 start-ups. Currently General Manager and Director for Johnson & Johnson Haircare Business Unit Asia Pacific.

Catherine Thompson


catherine thompson '18

Senior Secretary, World Meteorological Organisation, Switzerland

“The teachers were really dynamic and available for any questions we had. You must find the time to take the INP programme, in my life it's one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done.”

Catherine Thompson recently joined the Climate Risk Early Warning Systems initiative of the WMO, the UNISDR, the World Bank and the GFDRR. In 2015, she was recruited by the Communication and Public Affairs team of the WMO, beginning a professional reconversion into the IO’s community. Previously, she had pursued a career in contemporary art, working for several prestigious galleries in New York and Geneva.

Rogier Van Den Berg


rogier van den berg '18

Programme Manager, UN Habitat, Kenya

“The best thing about the INP programme is the people and the backgrounds of the people that it attracts. The fact that participants come from such different backgrounds says a lot about the course. It cuts across disciplines and attracts people from all sectors, providing you with the methodologies to shift between disciplines and professional expertise and enabling you to provide direction for change."

Rogier van den Berg has worked over 16 years as an architect, urban planner, consultant, academic and at the UN. He has broad experience in 'making cities', and advises national governments, city leaders and private sector in planning processes and design. He set up the Urban Planning and Design Lab at UN-Habitat in Nairobi in 2014. Now the Lab operates in 50 cities across 40 countries.

our community


Join a diverse alumni network of 18'000+ Graduate Institute alumni, 110 nationalities for Executive Education alumni alone, 180+ alumni of the International Negotiation and Policy-Making programme.

Alumni of the programme come from all regions, sectors and backgrounds. Entering its 12th year, join a growing community of negotiation and policy-making experts and practitioners, including:

  • Programme Manager, UN Habitat, Kenya

  • First Secretary, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York, USA

  • Programme Officer, UNHCR, Turkey

  • Minister, Embassy of Columbia, Switzerland

  • Deputy Director, HR, ICRC, Switzerland

  • Protection Team Leader, ICRC, India

  • Deputy Head of Media, WEF, Switzerland

  • Senior Advisor - Vice President, Santander Bank, Switzerland

  • Principal International Auditor, Coca Cola, Kenya

  • General Manager & Director, Johnson & Johnson, Singapore

  • Independent Consultant, International Sports Federations, Switzerland

  • Emergency Doctor, Switzerland

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