The Hague Academy of International Law

Structure of the Winter Courses Programme

The Winter Courses are organized over a period of 3 weeks focusing on International Law (both public and private).

The Winter session is comprised of a General Course and a series of Special Courses. The General Course is spread over three weeks (15 hours).


GENERAL COURSES (morning - compulsory - daily) 
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 collective thought process, to grasp the main lines of the discipline around which legal thinking is structured.

SPECIAL COURSES (morning - compulsory - daily)
These courses, consisting of 5 hours total spread out over one week, deal with a particular question or topic, and are given by lecturers who have studied the subject extensively and are specialists in the field.

At the end of the session, students who have regularly attended all the courses will receive a certificate of attendance.


SEMINARS (afternoon - optional)
Each lecturer conducts a seminar related to the subject of his or her course. During these interactive meetings, attendees have an opportunity to ask questions, to obtain additional information on the course, and to participate in debates.

DIRECTED STUDIES AND DIPLOMA (afternoon – admission upon selection)
The Directed Studies are conducted under the responsibility of a university lecturer. They are specifically designed for high-level students, who wish to prepare themselves for the examination leading to the Diploma of the Academy or who are interested to participate in seminars delving more deeply into questions of Public or Private International Law without sitting for the examination. The examination for the Diploma comprises a five-hour written test on a subject that has both theoretical and practical aspects. Candidates who pass this part of the examination then take an oral examination.


For information on activities in and around the City of The Hague in Winter time please see


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