The Hague Academy of International Law

2021 Online Winter Courses

Registration for the 2021 Online Winter Courses is open between October 8th, 2020 and January 4th, 2021, 23:59 hrs The Hague Time (GMT +1). To register, please click here.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the first time in the Academy's almost century-old history, a session of courses will be held exclusively online, that of winter 2021. The programme of the Winter Courses will take place as originally scheduled, from 11 to 29 January 2021. The Academy will offer registered attendees the opportunity to follow the courses in webinar format through the Zoom software application.


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 so-called "afternoon sessions", including among others seminars, guest lectures, the Directed Studies and doctoral networking meetings, aimed at stimulating interaction between attendees and professors and other invited eminent 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. The General Course highlights developments within the field of international law, and provides 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. The Special Courses deal with a particular question or topic, and are given by professors who have studied the subject extensively and are specialists in the field.

Attendees will be able to follow three lectures of 50 minutes each per day from Monday to Friday for two of the three weeks of the session: one 50 minute lecture of the General Course each day, which will be spread out over the entire 3 weeks (15 lectures in total), and 2 Special Courses lectures of 50 minutes each per week (5 lectures per course). The last week an extra third Special Course will exceptionally be added.

Daily timetable

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

  • 09:00 - 10:00: Special Course
  • 10:10 - 11:10: Special Course
  • 11:20 - 12:20: General Course

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.

  • 15:00 - 16:00: Special Course
  • 16:10 - 17:10: Special Course
  • 17:20 - 18:20: General Course

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 and will therefore be somewhat longer, as will the entire 3rd week of the courses because it will include one extra hour of lectures each day.

The daily lecture sessions are offered in blocks of 3 to 4 hours 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 live broadcast on Vimeo, for one week. 

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 11 January at any time of his/her preference until 18 January, and so on.


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

Registration fee: 250 

There are no scholarships available.

Methods of payment:

Upon receipt of the payment, the registration for the courses will be automatically confirmed. During the first week of January attendees will receive individual login details to access Zoom and Vimeo 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 as of December 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 profile. Power Point presentations used by some professors can be added at the beginning or end of the courses, according to their specific instructions.

N.B.: 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 Winter 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:

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