ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy is a “high-level teaching institution” where courses, seminars, conferences, visits of the Peace Palace, embassies, international institutions, and exchanges on a wide variety of topics, continue unabated throughout the entire year. Courses are given by “the most competent men and women from all different States of the World”. The Academy has the privilege of being located in close proximity to the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The members of these different institutions traditionally enrich the programmes of the Academy by giving lectures and by receiving and exchanging views with students.
The academy has collaboration with Carnegie Foundation, Peace Palace Library, City of The Hague, Brill Publishers, and Hague Academic Coalition.
The Summer Courses are organized in two periods of 3 weeks each, one focusing on Public International Law and one on Private International Law. Since the very outset in 1923 thousands of students from over 100 nationalities have been able to attend them. Many alumni, having thus had the opportunity to meet “great names” in the field of international Law, have subsequently gone on to become themselves well-known academics, lawyers or diplomats, among other occupations.
The courses consist of lectures on general or special topics and are subsequently published in the Collected Courses series, of which there are currently over 370 volumes, ranking among the most important encyclopaedic publications on public and private international law.
The Winter Courses are a new programme since 2019. The second Winter Courses will be held January 6-24 2020, a period of 3 weeks, during which high level courses on International Law (both Public and Private) will be given at The Hague Academy of International Law.
The Winter Courses are organised in the exact same manner as the Summer Courses, and consist of courses on general and special topics which are subsequently published in the Collected Courses series, of which there are currently over 386 volumes, ranking among the most important encyclopaedic publications on public and private international law.
STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE
During each of the two periods of the summer session, there is a General Course and a series of Special Courses. The General Course lasts for the entire three weeks (15 hours) of the Public International Law period and is spread over two weeks (10 hours) during the Private International Law period.
The Winter Courses focus on International Law (both public and private) and take place over a period of 3 weeks. The Winter Courses follow the traditional structure of the Summer Courses and are comprised of a General Course and a series of Special Courses. The General Course is spread over the entire 3 weeks (15 hours).
To know about application guidelines for summer courses, click here.
To know about application guidelines for winter courses, click here.
A merit-based scholarship programme allows approximately 20% of promising attendees (students, lawyers or diplomats) of the Academy’s Summer and Winter Courses, to benefit from financial support. The scholarships are funded by public and private bodies, including the Academy, as well as distinguished individuals from various countries. The Secretary-General selects the scholarship recipients on behalf of the Curatorium of the Academy.
For information on possible sponsoring institutions and personalities, click here.
Candidates who have completed at least 4 consecutive years of university studies, which must have included lectures on international law. Or,
Candidates holding a 3-year university law degree (LL.B. or other) on the start date of the upcoming Summer Courses, preferably having already followed some courses in international law.
All candidates must master one of the two working languages (English or French).
For further information on admission & registration fee, click here.