The Winter Courses

During the Courses

The Winter Courses focus on international law (both public and private) and take place over a period of 3 weeks. They follow the traditional structure of the Summer Courses and are comprised of a General Course and a series of Special Courses. The General Course lasts for the entire three weeks (15 hours), while each Special Course takes place over the course of one week (five hours). Every morning, attendees follow two hours of Special Courses and one hour of the General Course, either on-site or online via Zoom (live) and/or Vimeo (replay).

General Courses (daily- morning – compulsory
These courses highlight developments within the field of international law, and provide attendees with the opportunity to take a step backwards and, through an overall view and a comprehensive reflection, grasp the main lines of the discipline around which legal thinking is structured.

Special Courses (daily – morning – compulsory
These courses, consisting of five hours in total spread out over one week, deal with a particular question or topic, and are given by professors who have studied the subject extensively and are specialists in the field.

The courses will be broadcast live online via Zoom once a day, as they are taking place in the Auditorium (i.e. from Monday through Friday from 9.20 am to 12.30 pm local time). Registered attendees for the online courses can tune in directly and/or (re)watch the courses offline after the live broadcast via Vimeo for a period of three weeks. Attendees located in vastly different time zones will therefore also be able to follow the courses.

An e-learning environment with readings recommended by the professors will be made available to all registered attendees one month before the start of the courses.

Seminars (three per week – afternoon – optional
All professors give seminars related to the subject of their course. During these interactive meetings, attendees are given the opportunity to ask questions, to obtain additional information on the course, and to participate in discussions.

Directed Studies sessions (two per week – afternoon – admission upon selection) – On-site exclusively
The Directed Studies sessions are designed for advanced attendees, who wish to prepare themselves for the Diploma Exam of the Academy, or who are simply interested in participating in seminars delving more deeply into questions of public or private international law without sitting for the Exam.

Doctoral networking meetings (optional) – On-site exclusively
Doctoral students from different countries who are working on identical or related topics, are given the opportunity to regularly meet throughout the session, under the guidance of a lecturer or practitioner who is specifically assigned for this purpose. These doctoral networking meetings allow students to share their views, insights and different approaches with respect to issues relating to their research topics, leading to exchanges that can of course be continued after their stay at the Academy.