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Oxford Summer School 2020 - International Law in the 21st Century, UK

Publish Date: Sep 16, 2019

Deadline: Dec 31, 2019

A two-week summer course for young adults wishing to learn the fundamentals of International Law, residential in an Oxford University college.

Course Summary

The course will focus on recent developments in the field of international law, and guide students through the central debates within the discipline. It begins with the philosophy of law, seeking to help students understand the origin of laws, and enter a legal mindset.. It then covers the main theories of international law, drawing from realism to liberal institutionalism and constructivism.

This course will offer a thorough grounding in the principles of Law across key topics, and how the systems of Law that we have are justified from a philosophical standpoint. Additionally, it offers valuable training in debating and discussing complex and often controversial topics in a respectful way; a skill that is valuable not only at university but also in the workplace. Law requires clear and precise communication, and a key aim of this course is to train all students in communicating in this way.


This two-week course is aimed at adults who are keen to learn the fundamentals of International Law in the 21st century. Prior legal training is not required, as all the necessary concepts will be covered during this intensive course.

What to expect from the International Law in the 21st Century Course

A comparative law perspective applied in this course enables students to gain a better understanding of legal systems all over the globe. The course covers Human Rights and explores the role played by international institutions in an interconnected world. It also studies international dispute settlement, highlighting some of the most famous cases of disputes between countries, or between states and non-state actors. By discussing international commercial arbitration, we explore in this course the ways in which international agreements and arbitration awards are enforced globally through hard law and soft law.

How will the International Law course help me?

This course is aimed at gap year students, current undergraduates and any other adult learners who wish to expand their understanding of Law with like-minded peers from all over the world. It’s particularly suitable for students interested in topics adjacent to Law; for instance, for students of Politics, International Relations or History, or those who are interested in working in law enforcement, local government or the Civil Service. They might also be current undergraduates who are considering a Law conversion course upon graduation, in which case this introduction to Law at a higher level than they might previously have encountered is sure to be invaluable. However, students might also choose to take this course if you studied Law at school and would like to refresh your memory and build on that knowledge, or even if you are studying a completely unrelated subject and simply find the world of Law fascinating – as so many people do.

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