The Hague Academy of International Law

Application guidelines

Given the current situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a possibility that the Winter Courses may not be able to take place. Should the Academy be forced to cancel the 2021 Winter Courses session, your registration fees will be reimbursed to you.

Closing of scholarship applications: July 31st, 2020, at 00:00 hrs (GMT+1). Closing of registrations at the full fee and Directed Studies: September 30th, 2020, at 00:00 hrs (GMT+1).

Incomplete registration forms will not be treated.

The e-mail address you provide us with in your registration form will be used for all Academy correspondence. Please make sure it works and consult your inbox regularly.

Apply ONLINE only HERE. Do not send hard copies of the application or any other documents by e-mail or regular mail; these will not be considered.

The documents should be in PDF format, except for the identity photograph (.jpeg only).

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1. Please consult the conditions for admission.

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

  • A copy of your valid passport or ID;
  • An identity photograph;
  • If you are a student: Copy of proof of enrollment at your university (official transcripts are accepted as well);
  • If you are a professional: Statement from your company or organization certifying that you are employed by them;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate or an official document from your university certifying that you are preparing to obtain a degree (official transcripts are accepted as well). If the original document isn't in English or French, please add a translation. You can translate the document into English or French yourself, as long as you add a sworn statement to it, certifying its accuracy and adding the date, place, your name and signature.

Full fee applicants will receive an answer within 2 weeks to 4 weeks after applying.



1. Please consult the conditions for admission to the scholarships, and/or the page concerning the Directed Studies.

2. You will need to upload all the documents requested for the full fee application, plus:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A short letter giving reasons for the application (typewritten, 1,5 pages maximum) indicating whether you're applying for a scholarship, for the Directed Studies or for both;
  • A recommendation letter from a professor of International Law, to be sent separately by the professor him/herself.

The results of the scholarship selection will be communicated by e-mail to applicants in October 2020.

The results of the Directed Studies selection will be communicated by e-mail to applicants in October 2020.


Instructions for having the recommendation letter sent by your referee:
In the recommendation letter the professor must indicate his/her full title, name, university/company and email address. References can be written in English or French. They should be signed and sent personally as PDF files to The Academy does not send requests to referees. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to ensure this letter is sent by their professor before closure of registrations. Please do not ask your referee to send hard copies.

Applicants must fill out the name of their referee in their application form. Letters received by the Academy will be added to the applicant's dossier. 

N.B.: How to convert my document to PDF

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