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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

School of Government and International Affairs

'Our graduates confidently face the future. They are globally engaged, analytically acute, culturally literate and grounded in a place, Durham, that won’t ever leave them, no matter where in the world they go – and they go everywhere.'

Dr Gidon Cohen, Head of Department

World Subject Rankings Success

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2021, where we are ranked 86th.

A record 19 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including 11 in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.


Undergraduate Study

We offer an education that goes beyond the job market, our education is about being better human beings and good citizens. Active citizenship requires awareness, participation plus the ability to understand and assess public debates.



Postgraduate Study

We pride ourselves on turning students into independent researchers who take responsibility for their own learning. With 71% of the Department's research either Internationally Excellent or World Leading (REF 2014) we combine a long tradition of expertise with a depth of specialism that is truly unique.




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Tuesday 19 January 2021

Strategic Climate Litigation in the inter-State context: seeing beyond the rights paradigm

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Zoom webinar, Gleider Hernández

Climate change has grabbed headlines in recent years as a pressing issue of global collective concern. But with complex legal instruments such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which are often accompanied by weak enforcement mechanisms, what can—and should—the international lawyer do?

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Wednesday 20 January 2021

Manus Carey Talk and Q&A (Royal Northern College of Music)

1:00pm to 4:35pm

Join us for a short talk and Q&A from the Royal Northern College of Music’s Deputy Principal (Performance and Programmes) and Castle alumnus, Manus Carey.

After graduating from Durham University in 1997 with a first class degree in classics, Manus went on to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Kings College London, before starting a job with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He then went on to work as Director of Creative Programming for the Manchester Camerata and Executive Producer of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra before moving to the Royal Northern College of Music, where he currently works as Deputy Principal (Performance and Programmes).

At the RNCM Manus has strategic oversight of all the performance programme for both students and public venue activity (over 500 events every year) as well as overseeing all the Schools of Study. A central part of this has been the development of ‘Live from the RNCM’, a new streamed series of concerts and conversations. He has been at the forefront of delivering music performance and education before and during the Pandemic .

Here are the links to the Facebook event and website:

There is a form which attendees can fill in to ask questions and help guide the discussion linked here:

Tuesday 26 January 2021

‘Codification by Interpretation’: The International Law Commission as an Interpreter of International Law

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Zoom webinar, Danae Azaria

Dr Azaria argues that the United Nations (‘UN') International Law Commission (ILC) interprets international law.

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Wednesday 27 January 2021

Centre for Political Thought seminar 2021

ZOOM, Various

Centre for Political Thought seminar 2021

All seminars will take place from 4:00 to 6:00. For access to the pre-circulated papers and the zoom link contact

27 January

Cillian McBride, Queen’s University Belfast

‘Populism and Recognition’

10 February

Beth Kahn, SGIA

‘Using Empirical Methods in Social and Political Philosophy’

24 February

Andrew Walton, Newcastle University

‘Distributive Justice in Cash or Kind? A Framework for Housing Policy’

17 March

Jessica Begon, SGIA

'The Justice Account of Disability in Practice: Providing Control and Avoiding Paternalism’.

28 April

Robert Schuett, Centre for Political Thought

‘Hans Kelsen’s (Progressive) Political Realism’

19 May

Avital Simhony, Arizona State University

‘Beyond Negative and Positive Freedom: Constant's Conception of Modern Liberty’

16 June

Miriam Ronzoni, Manchester University


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