Created in 2004, the Institute of International Relations at University of São Paulo aims at promoting research, teaching and dissemination of knowledge in international relations; strengthening academic ties with similar domestic and foreign institutions and increasing public understanding about the world affairs. The IRI has an interdisciplinary approach to global issues, bringing together expertise in the areas of Law, Political Science, Economics and History.
Its academic staff are faculty from USP departments of Political Science, Economics, History and Law, involved with the activities of the institute, and scholars full time dedicated to IRI. The Institute of International Relations grants Bachelor, Master and PHD degrees in international relations. It also has a Post-Doctoral Program and a International Scholars Program to welcome Brazilian and foreign PHDs and international researchers seeking a temporary academic experience at USP.
IRI runs a permanent seminar about contemporary international issues - the GACInt - which gathers together scholars, entrepreneurs, NGOs leaders, diplomats, military and other high level governmental officials.Temporarily the Institute is based in the School of Economics and Business, which has lent full support to its activities. During 2011, the Institute will move to its own premises, at a new building on the campus.