XLVII Course on International Law (2020)



**Please read the entire content of this announcement before submitting any questions to the course coordinator.**


The Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS) deeply appreciates the interest of those who have applied to participate in the XLVI Course on International Law, scheduled to take place from July 20 to August 7 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Given the uncertainty about the risks and sanitary measures that may be in place in July and August both in the home cities of the instructors and students and in Rio de Janeiro, and having their health and wellbeing as a priority, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Course until conditions exist to hold it with the quality that has characterized it for more than four decades.

In the following months we will be evaluating the feasibility of rescheduling the Course in the last quarter of 2020. In the event that it is decided to proceed in this way, all applications submitted in a timely manner would automatically be included in the selection process, and the selected candidates would be immediately contacted to explore the possibility of their participation.

Organizers: Inter-American Juridical Committee (CJI) and the Department of International Law of the Secretariat of Legal Affairs (SAJ) of the OAS.

Dates: July 20 – August 7, 2020

Place: Faculdade Nacional de Direito (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Schedule: Monday- Friday 9:00am to 4:30 pm.

Languages of instruction: Spanish, with some classes in Portuguese and English (no interpretation services will be offered).

Candidate profile: The Course on International Law is aimed at professionals who hold a university degree in law or international relations, have at least two years’ relevant professional experience, and wish to participate in a demanding and rigorous academic experience and learn, network and socialize with other professionals in a multicultural environment.

Fairness in selection process: In order to ensure the quality of the educational experience, capacity is limited to 45 students. Applications that meet all the requirements will be considered in equal conditions without distinction or discrimination on grounds of race, gender identity or expression, national origin, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, religion, physical characteristics, disability, nor for any other reason. Incomplete or untimely applications will be rejected immediately.

How to apply: Candidates should send the following by email to courseintlaw@oas.org no later than Friday, March 20 at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time:

a) Letter addressed to the Department of International Law, requesting to be considered and stating that applicant (i) has or will have a valid health insurance policy at the time of attending the Course, that (ii) applicant is able to cover the expenses associated with his/her participation in this activity, and (iii) has enough command of the languages of instruction to follow the lecturers and participate in discussions.

b) Curriculum Vitae (résumé) stating profesional and academic experience.

c) Academic degree.

d) Letter or recommendation issued by a professor of law or international affairs attesting to the applicant’s skills; OR letter of recommendation issued by a supervisor (preferably current) attesting to the professional qualifications and qualities of the applicant.

e) Letter of introduction from the institution for which applicant currently works or is associated with.

Applications may be submitted in any of the 4 official languages of the OAS.

Costs: Enrollment in the Course on International Law and study materials are free of charge. However, each student will be responsible for covering all lodging, transportation, food, and other related expenses. The OAS will not offer any kind of financial aid.

Results: The results of the selection process will be announced by e-mail directly to each applicant on Monday, April 13.

Waitlist: Candidates who are not selected may request their inclusion in the waitlist, which will include all requests in the order in which they are received. In the event that a vacancy occurs, that spot will be offered to candidates on the waitlist, in the order in which they appear.

Certificates: A certificate of attendance will be awarded to those students who attend at least 90% of the classes, and pass the exams that will be conducted at the end of each week.

Students who wish to obtain a pass certificate, may submit, before the end of the Course, a hypothesis and proposed outline to develop a legal research and analysis paper on one of the topics addressed during the lectures. The completed paper shall be due within five months following the conclusion of the Course, per the guidelines provided by the coordinator in a timely manner.

Professors and Syllabus: The provisional list of lecturers is now available and will be updated periodically as new classes and professors are added.


Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro