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International Operational Law

Navigating peace, crisis and armed conflict

The master’s programme International Operational Law is your path to a career as legal advisor in international law focused on peace, crisis and armed conflict.

This is a practice-oriented one-year programme, focused on international law that governs armed conflicts and crises. The programme especially focuses on the legal scope available for states and other actors linked to crisis management, defence and security.

You will, for example, study states’ and non-state actors’ right to make use of force, the legal framework for cyber operations and hybrid warfare and how war crimes are legally prosecuted and handled in international and national courts of law.

Voices on the programme

I became aware of the program via the Norwegian Defense University's professor Jann Kleffner's articles that I read during my previous master's education. I am very happy that I was accepted and I think it is very interesting with the civilian and military mix here.

– Emma Gonzales-Puell.

Our task was to act as legal advisers. It simply meant that we did not primarily try to find room for law to prohibit efforts or operations that the officers saw as possible to carry out, but rather that we tried to use the law to arrive at a good result together.

– Victor Melin.

This is a unique programme in that we study issues related to security, defence, and crisis management from an international legal perspective with an operational focus in depth.

– Jann Kleffner, Professor of International Law.
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A unique academic environment

Five reasons to study here

Are you interested in defence, crisis management and security? Here you have five reasons to study a master's program with us.

How to apply and entry requirements  

Here we guide you through the application process, explain the entry requirements, admissions and other important things that you need to know when applying to our programmes and courses.

New in Sweden

For you to be ready to embark on your studies we offer some practical information about the most important fundaments for living in Sweden.

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War and Defence

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