The Hague Academy of International Law

Summer Courses

The Summer Courses are organized in two periods of 3 weeks each, one focusing on Public International Law and one on Private International Law. Since the very outset in 1923 thousands of students from over 100 nationalities have been able to attend them. Many alumni, having thus had the opportunity to meet "great names" in the field of international Law, have subsequently gone on to become themselves well-known academics, lawyers or diplomats, among other occupations.

The courses consist of lectures on general or special topics and are subsequently published in the Collected Courses series, of which there are currently over 400 volumes, ranking among the most important encyclopaedic publications on public and private international law.


  • Programme

    Each session comprises a general course and special courses.

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  • Directed Studies and Diploma

    The Hague Academy awards a high-level diploma to students with a proven advanced knowledge of the field, and who pass a very selective examination.

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  • Scholarships

    An merit-based scholarship programme allows approximately 20% of participants to the Summer Courses to receive financial assistance.

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  • Doctoral Scholarships

    Doctoral scholarships, which are financed by the Academy, may be awarded to nationals of non-member states of the OECD residing in their own country.

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  • Application guidelines

    Before starting your online application, prepare the documents you will need to upload to the registration form.

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  • UN Fellowship

    The six-week International Law Fellowship Programme is conducted in conjunction with the Summer Programme of The Hague Academy of International Law.

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  • Scholarship Sponsors

    The sponsors who generously allocate scholarships to the Academy allowing selected beneficiaries to attend the Summer and/or Winter Courses.

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