Summer courses

If you have a keen interest in international law, or one of its sub-domains, taking a summer course may be a useful and exciting way to expand your knowledge and strengthen your curriculum, while broadening your horizons and getting to know like-minded students, as well as researchers and practitioners from other countries.

The range of existing summer schools is very wide. The content of the programmes, the cost, timing and application requirements vary considerably. Below is a non-exhaustive list of qualitative summer schools with renowned institutions, which may be of interest to students. It is noted that many other summer schools exist. In particular, the present page does not cover summer schools in the human rights field. Information on relevant international human rights summer schools can be found on the separate International Human Rights Courses Blog by GRILI members Yves Haeck and Clara Burbano Herrero (the blog also contains information on human rights traineeships and vacancies in Europe).

The GRILI cannot guarantee that all information provided is accurate and up-to-date. Students are expected to further verify and explore the relevant information (including deadlines for application) on their own initiative. We invite users of this page to notify the GRILI contact persons if certain links are not functioning or if relevant information is found missing. In addition, Ghent students or alumni that do a summer school are invited to signal this to the GRILI so that their experiences may be shared with future candidates.

A useful way to periodically receive up-to-date information on international law summer schools (as well as, for instance, academic vacancies) is to keep track of the weekly announcements on the EJIL:Talk! Blog or to sign up for e-mail alerts by EJIL:Talk!, Opinio Juris or International Law Reporter.

General courses on Public International Law / International and Comparative Law

Summer Course of the Hague Academy of International Law

  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • Two sessions of 3 weeks each, one focusing on Public International Law (July) and one on Private International Law (July-August). 
  • Application requirements: at least 4 years of university studies (including lectures on international law) or a 3-year law degree on the date of the opening of the upcoming summer course.
  • Cost: € 950 for each three-week session or € 1800 for both.
  • Scholarships: An exclusively merit-based scholarship programme allows approximately 20% of participants to the Summer Courses to receive financial assistance from public and private funding sources.
  • Available places tend to fill up quickly. Check registration deadlines (Nov-Feb/March).
  • Students with a proven advanced knowledge of the field can also participate in an exam to obtain a diploma from the Hague Academy. In light of the extremely selective nature of the examination, the diploma is issued to only one or two candidates per period.

Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law

  • Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Two-week series of lectures and workshops open to students, researchers and practitioners.
  • Cost: € 140 for students and post graduates and € 272,80 for professionals.
  • Certificate of Attendance will be provided for attendance and active participation. Participants can obtain the Helsinki Summer Seminar Diploma (and 2 ECTS) with final exam.

Munich Advanced Course in International Law

  • Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München
  • Munich, Germany
  • Two weeks (August) of intense and in-depth study of Public International Law for 30-35 participants.
  • Application requirements: basic knowledge of Public International Law and advanced knowledge of English.
  • Aimed at Graduate students of law or any related field (e.g. International Relations) and academics that work in the field of Public International Law. Undergraduate students of law or a related field may also apply if they already have substantial experience in their studies and are able to show a keen interest in Public International Law.
  • Cost: € 200 registration fee, € 400 tuition fee, and € 200 accomodation.
  • All participants receive a certificate of attendance (4 ECTS credits without a grade). If you choose to sit a written exam, the course counts for 6 ECTS credits.

Paris Summer Institute

  • Cornell Law School & Sorbonne Law School
  • Paris, France
  • Five-week program focused on International and comparative law.
  • Application requirements: application is open to law students (completed at least one year of law studies) and lawyers; proof of English proficiency required.
  • Cost: $ 3500 - $ 4500 (depending on the number of credits taken (1-6)).

U.S.-German Summer School in International and Comparative Law

  • Justus Liebig University Giessen in cooperation with Marwuette University Law School and the University of Wiscinson
  • Giessen, Germany
  • Four-week program with a choice of 2 out of 4 courses on international and comparative law.
  • The program is designed for undergraduate students, graduate students and young professionals interested in international and comparative law.
  • Cost: € 250 application fee and € 1650 program fee (incl. accommodation).
  • Scholarship options available.
  • Participants can earn 6 ECTS/3 ABA credits for successfully passing the academic program.

Martens Summer School on International Law

  • Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu and University of Tartu Centre for EU-Russia Studies or CEURUS
  • Pärnu, Estonia
  • The one-week course deals with comparative aspects of international law and human rights, particularly focusing on the issues related to Russia and Eurasia. Each year 4 distinguished lecturers from different countries are invited, and each lecturer will present 5 lectures over 5 days of the week.
  • Aimed at graduate and post-graduate students of law, international relations and history who already have basic knowledge of international law and who are also specifically interested in legal-political developments in Russia and the CIS countries. Practitioners from ministries, think tanks, NGOs, etc in these areas are also encouraged to apply.
  • Cost: € 195 (incl. accommodation).

International Humanitarian Law and Transitional Justice

Summer course on International Humanitarian Law

  • International Institute of Humanitarian Law
  • San Remo, Italy, and Geneva, Switzerland
  • Two-week intensive course (one week in San Remo and one week in Geneva) for 50 participants (professionals and graduate students) on international humanitarian law and human rights.
  • Cost: € 1500.
  • The participants will receive a certificate in International Humanitarian Law after completion of the programme.

Summer School on Human Rights and Transitional Justice

  • Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • One-week intensive course aimed at law students, researchers and professionals working in the field of human rights and transitional justice.
  • Cost: € 900.
  • Fee waiver: a limited number of fee waivers are available.
  • The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme with a possibility of obtaining ECTS credits.

Antonio Cassese Summer School

  • Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights & Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity & University of Geneva
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • One-week intensve course offering comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and practical application of measures and practices of transitional justice.
  • Cost: 1’530 Swiss Francs.

International Criminal Law

Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law

  • University of Salzburg
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Two-week intensive course for 50 participants (postgraduate or advanced law students, young academics, and professionals with experience in international criminal law, humanitarian law and human rights law).
  • Cost: € 750 (incl. accommodation).
  • Participants may also take an exam, for which the University of Salzburg allocates 4 ECTS credits.

Advanced Course on International Criminal Law

  • Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and The Hague Academy of International Law
  • The Hague, the Netherlands
  • Two-week intensive course for 30 participants (practitioners who seek to enlarge their vision or discover a new field of practice and scholars seeking to gain expertise in the application of concepts and norms).
  • Cost: TBA.

Summer School on International Criminal Law

  • Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University
  • The Hague, the Netherlands
  • Two-week intensive course aimed at law students, young graduates and professionals with a background in law.
  • Cost: € 1250.
  • The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme with a possibility of obtaining ECTS credits.

International Criminal Law Summer School

  • Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures and operations, and the applicable law.
  • One-week course aimed at legal professionals, academics, postgraduate students and NGOs.

Summer School on International Criminal Justice

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • This course offers a multidisciplinary approach to designing effective “real-world” response strategies and understanding the underlying human behaviour of mass atrocity crimes.
  • Two-week course aimed at advanced bachelor-level students of Law, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, History, Journalism, Anthropology, Political Science and Psychology.
  • Cost: € 1100. An early bird discount of € 100 is available for anyone who applies before 1 March.
  • Scholarships: twenty scholarships of € 500 for highly motivated students.

International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences

  • Siracusa, Italy
  • Ten-day intensive course for 60 participants. 
  • Application requirements: Participants should have at a minimum a first degree in law, having graduated in the last eight years (between 2007 and 2015), and be 35 years of age or under.
  • Cost: € 800 (incl. accomodation).
  • Scholarships: 10 scholarships to applicants from developing and less developed countries.
  • Every participant in the Specialization Course receives a certificate of attendance to the course.

International Law and Human Rights

Annual Study Session

  • René Cassin International Institute of Human Rights
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Three-week intensive course on international and comparative human rights law
  • Aimed at students with an advanced level in law, political sciences, human or social sciences; professors and researchers; professionals dealing with human rights issues; civil servants; NGO’s.
  • Application requirements: fluency in French and English.
  • Cost: € 800.
  • Scholarships: in exceptional cases, partial financial assistance can be obtained.
  • The participants who pass the examination receive the Certificate of success of the International Institute of Human Rights.
  • Participants already possessing a postgraduate degree or equivalent (Master’s or higher) and already have extensive knowledge of International and Comparative Human Rights Law can obtain the Diploma of the International Institute of Human Rights.

Academy of European Law Summer School

  • The European University Institute
  • Fiesole (Florence), Italy
  • The Academy of European Law (AEL) holds two summer courses of two weeks each, on Human Rights Law and the Law of the European Union.
  • Application requirements: applicants must hold a 3-year law degree, or have completed at least 4 years of university studies, including courses on international law and/or EU Law.
  • Cost: € 660 for one course and € 970 for both courses.
  • Fee waiver: a very limited number of fee waivers will be available for excellent candidates.
  • A certificate of attendance is given at the end of the course.
  • The Academy's Diploma examination is held on the last day of each course. Only those participants who demonstrate the highest competence in the subject are awarded the Diploma, exceptionally cum laude.

Intensive Courses on Human Rights Law

  • Abo Akademi University
  • Turku, Finland
  • The Institute for Human Rights organizes intensive (one–two weeks) human rights law courses (one during the summer), which are taught by internationally renowned human rights experts.
  • The course is designed for PhD students, scholars, practitioners (e.g. law, human rights or development), policy-makers and advanced master's students. The number of participants is restricted to 30.
  • Cost: € 700.
  • Those who successfully complete the course, including the written examination, will receive a Diploma equivalent to 10 ECTS credits. With no written examination, the participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance equivalent to 2 ECTS credits.

Frontiers of Children’s Rights

  • Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University
  • Leiden and The Hague, the Netherlands
  • Comprehensive children's rights course, which takes a close look at contemporary children's rights issues from a legal perspective accompanied by reflections from other academic disciplines, legal systems, local perceptions and realities.
  • One-week intensive course aimed at law students, young graduates and professionals with a background in law.
  • Cost: € 900.
  • Fee waiver: a limited number of fee waivers are available.
  • The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme with a possibility of obtaining ECTS credits.

International Law of the Sea and Maritime Law

Summer Academy at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

  • International foundation for the Law of the Sea
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Four-week programme with two modules of two weeks, the first focusing on International Law of the Sea and the second on Maritime Law from an international perspective, interspersed by lectures from other scientific areas connected to the maritime environment.
  • It is designed for 35 participants: highly qualified graduates, diplomats, civil servants and advocates.
  • Application requirements: As a rule, applicants are expected to be in possession of a Master's  degree (LL.M. or equivalent) and to have an advanced knowledge of public international law, Law of the Sea or Maritime Law.
  • Upon completion of the course, Participants will receive a certificate issued by the Foundation.
  • The course fees are determined on an annual basis and cover half board accommodation.

International Nuclear Law

International School of Nuclear Law

  • OECD Nuclear Energy Agency & University of Montpellier
  • Montpellier, France
  • Designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the various interrelated legal issues relating to the safe, efficient and secure use of nuclear energy.
  • Application requirements: applicants must have an undergraduate university degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Cost: € 2250 for professionals and € 500 for students enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of the application deadline.
  • Financial support: The OECD/NEA awards grants to students from its member countries qualified to participate in this programme.
  • SNL participants have the possibility to apply for a University Diploma (Diplôme d'université - D.U.) in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier.

Other Summer Courses

Recurring Courses

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) in International Law

  • Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University
  • Amsterdam and The Hague, the Netherlands
  • The programme will focus on the emergence of SOGI issues in different areas of international law, such as human rights law, refugee law and international criminal law.
  • One-week intensive course aimed at legal and other professionals in governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as advanced students.
  • Cost: € 900.
  • The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme with a possibility of obtaining ECTS credits.

International Law from a Gender Perspective

  • Utrecht University
  • Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the issue of gender bias in (international) law, and developing skills to make legal gender analyses.
  • One-week intensive and interactive course aimed at students (min. advanced bachelor) and professionals with an interest in international law and gender studies.
  • Cost: € 750 (incl. accomodation).
  • Participants will be awarded with a certificate of attendance and 1.5 ECTS credits.

Advocacy and Litigation before International Courts and Tribunals

  • Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • During this intensive course the participants will be engaged in role play and practical exercises and improve their advocacy and litigation skills.
  • One-week intensive course aimed at professionals as well as law students who wish to develop and improve their advocacy skills.
  • Cost: TBA.

The Summer School on Law and Logic

  • The European University Institute – Harvard Law School
  • Fiesole (Florence), Italy
  • This course is designed to give students rigorous training in a wide variety of logical methods that can assist in the analysis of law for all kinds of legal analysts, including students, lawyers, judges and scholars. The overall framework for the course is the Logocratic Method, a systematic method for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of arguments, including, but not limited to, legal arguments.
  • One-week course for max 45 participants.
  • Cost: € 350.


In addition to the foregoing, there are various academic institutions whose summer course offering varies from one year to another. Students are advised to access the relevant homepages for up-to-date information.