Politics, Law & Economics (PLE)

The Politics, Law & Economics session (PLE) is aimed at students with an interest in understanding diverse economic matters, the values and practices of government, international instititions and legal frameworks in historical and comparative perspectives.

Students learn key ideas in topics such as world affairs, public policy, human rights, market regulation, financial mechanism, governance structures, and international law. The session builds students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, enabling them to examine political and social systems and present-day issues through the lenses of economic, legal, and political theory. In the PLE session, students draw extensively on interdisciplinary approaches to build their expertise and exposure to a wide array of topics within politics, law, and economics, preparing them to be more informed and engaged global citizens.

PLE is a great fit if you are intrigued by any of the suggested following (or related) questions:

  • As the world changes and advances rapidly and global conflicts continue to shape global environment, how does international law govern (or not govern) international cooperation within the UN in and from different country contexts?
  • What legal frameworks exist governing surveillance and foreign intelligence gathering?
  • What types of resistance movements bring about lasting political change? And how do innovations in social media shape and change protest movements today? What roles can the UN play in such conflicts?
  • What are the challenges in tackling criminal economic activities, particularly if they cross international borders? How can policy makers design relevant and successful solutions? What are possible resolutions the UN can issue in an concerted effort ever made by them?
  • Should governments refuse to join UN?