XLIV Course on International Law (2017)

Call to participate in the XLIV Course on International Law is closed.
The results of the selection process will be announced to interested parties in the near future.

Welcome to the web page of the XLIV Course on International Law organized by the Inter-American Juridical Committee and the Department of International Law of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs (SLA) of the OAS.

The Course aims to disseminate and promote international law, with a strong focus on the Inter-American System and its current agenda.

Dates: July 31 – August 18 2017.

Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English (No interpretation services will be provided).

Certification: A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those students who attend at least 90 percent of the classes and pass two exams held over the three weeks of the Course.

A Pass Certificate may be issued for students who submit a paper on one of the topics discussed during the Course, within three months of the end thereof, after first submitting a hypothesis and work plan for approval as provided in the guidelines that will be distributed in a timely manner.

Participant profile: The Course on International Law is aimed at professionals with a university degree in law or international relations, who have performed relevant work in those fields and have a strong desire to experience a demanding and rigorous academic program with other like-minded professionals in a multicultural environment.
Applications will be considered on merit, without distinction or discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, physical traits, disability or any other such reason.

How to participate: Due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, and to the fact that we prefer to keep groups small in order to ensure the highest-quality learning experience, all applicants must participate in one of the following selection processes:

a) Scholarships: Every year, the OAS offers a limited number of scholarships for students from its Members States who are interested in attending. These typically cover air fare only, for an amount of up to US$1,000.00 To request a Professional Development Scholarship, applicants must follow the procedures set by the Department of Human Development, Education and Employment (follow this link).

b) Self-financed: The Course on International Law is provided free of tuition charges. However, participants must be able to cover their own expenses. To be considered for admission as a self-financed student, the following requirements must be met:

• Formal letter of application: This letter should be addressed to the Department of International Law and must state that (i) you are capable of funding your own participation in the course; and (ii) you will have a valid health insurance policy covering illness and medical emergencies during the Course.

• CV or resumé showing academic and professional background, experience and qualifications.

The above letter and CV must be e-mailed to dil@oas.org no later than Friday, May 19th. The result of the selection process will be announced to all applicants by late May.

Professors and topics: We are in the process of completing the roster of prestigious professors from the Americas and Europe who will be lecturing over the three-week session. The draft program includes a variety of cutting-edge topics of international law and will be enhanced with new topics and lecturers in the upcoming weeks.

Admitted Students: All applicants who are admitted, regardless of whether or not they are scholarship awardees will receive an e-mail from the Department of International Law in which they will be given a user name and password to access the students-only page, which will include class name and schedules, logistical matters, student contact information, recommended hotels and preferred rates, among others.