2021 Online Summer Courses

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the Academy will still be unable to offer its courses in-person in the summer of 2021, neither the Public nor the Private International Law session. Nevertheless, considering the success of the first online edition of the 2021 Winter Courses, the 2021 Summer Courses will take place online as well. 

The Public International Law session will be held between 5 and 23 July 2021, and the Private International Law session between 26 July and 13 August 2021. The Academy will offer registered attendees the opportunity to follow the courses in webinar format through the Zoom software application and Vimeo.

To consult the poster of the Online Summer Courses, click on this link.

Registrations are still open for the Private International Law session until July 18th, 2021!


The courses will be offered in the form of lectures in English or French, with simultaneous translation into the other language, following the traditional structure of the morning sessions at the Academy. Attendees will have access in advance to an e-learning environment allowing them to benefit the most from the courses. The traditional afternoon programme, including seminars, guest lectures, the Directed Studies sessions and doctoral networking meetings, aimed at stimulating interaction between attendees, professors and other invited personalities, as well as among attendees themselves, will not be offered for practical reasons relating to the specificity of what constitutes a full session in The Hague, which simply cannot be reproduced online but has to be experienced personally.

The programme consists of a General Course and a series of Special Courses. For an explanation of the difference between the General Course and the Special Courses click here. Attendees will be able to follow three lectures of 50 minutes each per day from Monday to Friday throughout the three weeks of the session.

The Public International Law session will consist of one 50-minute lecture of the General Course each day, which will be spread out over the entire three weeks (15 lectures in total), and two 50-minute lectures of Special Courses per week (five lectures per course).

The Private International Law session will consist each day of three 50-minute lectures of Special Courses during the first week (five lectures per course). From the second week and until the end of the session, each day will consist of one 50-minute lecture of the General Course (ten lectures in total) and two 50-minute lectures of Special Courses.


First live broadcast – 09:00 hrs. – The Hague time (GMT +1).

  • 09:00 – 09:50: Special Course
  • 10:00 – 10:50: Special Course
  • 11:00 – 11:50: General Course (Public International Law session and 2nd and 3rd weeks of the Private International Law session) / Special Course (1st week of the Private International Law session)

Second live broadcast – 15:00 hrs. – The Hague time (GMT +1), which will allow attendees in different time zones from those in Europe to follow the live streaming.

N.B.: The duration of each lecture can vary between 50 and 60 minutes. The times mentioned are therefore indicative. The first and the last day of the courses will include a few extra videos, such as the Opening and Closing Speech of the Secretary-General, and will therefore be somewhat longer.

The daily lecture sessions are offered in blocks and include breaks. Each daily session can be followed by registered attendees either live on Zoom at The Hague local time, or at any other time after the end of the second live broadcast on Vimeo, for two weeks

An attendee who is in a vastly different time zone from The Hague will, for example, be able to choose to follow the sessions from Monday 5 July (Public International Law) or 26 July (Private International Law) at any time of his/her preference until 19 July or 9 August, and so on.


Registration is open to all interested applicants. As the number of places is unlimited, the Academy will not proceed to make any selection.

Registration fee: €275 for one session; €500 for both sessions.
Next to the courses, the registration fee also includes a virtual tour of the Peace Palace.

Methods of payment:

There are no Academy scholarships available.

Upon receipt of the payment, the registration for the courses will be automatically confirmed. A few days before the start of each session, attendees will receive individual login details to access Zoom allowing them to access the online sessions.

NB: the registration fee is neither refundable nor transferable to another person. No certificate of attendance will be delivered upon completion of the courses. Instead, each attendee will receive an electronic certificate of enrolment at the end of the session.


An e-learning environment with readings recommended by the professors will be available starting June to all registered attendees. The recommended readings can be consulted and downloaded as soon as they appear on the environment, which is accessible via each attendee’s personal Academy profile. Power Point presentations used by some professors can be added at the beginning or end of the courses, according to their specific instructions.

The links enabling attendees to watch the courses again will be made available on the e-learning environment on the same day at the end of the second live afternoon broadcast. Each course day, representing a block of approximately 3-4 hours, will be accessible via Vimeo in English and French. The password provided together with the link in the e-learning environment will need to be inserted to access the re-runs.

The blocks of courses will be available on Vimeo for two weeks, after which they will be taken offline. Links will be removed daily from the e-learning environment at the end of each afternoon after the second live broadcast.


It will be indispensable to ensure that you have a good Internet connection at your viewing location, as well as speakers on your computer in order to be able to follow the Online Summer Courses.

The following link will allow you to download Zoom and test your technical set-up. All you need to do is test your speakers, as your microphone and webcam will not be needed during the webinars: https://zoom.us/test.