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Short Course: International Law in Practice

Date: 14th September 2015 - 17th September 2015

Time: 19:30 - 17:00

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House 17 Russell Square, LONDON, WC1B 5JP

Event Details

Time: 09.00-17.00 (registration from 08:30)

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP


International Law in Practice is a four-day programme run by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), which provides a broad introduction to key issues in international and comparative law - from public to private and from commercial to human rights.

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This course is led by many of the Institute's leading researchers and practitioners, the course is ideal for those in the early years of legal practice, those working in governmental and non-governmental organisations with legal elements to their work, and students who are about to commence a postgraduate degree in aspects of international law.


International law is now a part of the practice of almost every lawyer today. Knowledge of treaty obligations arises in taxation issues and European law disputes, as well as government interactions; awareness of the responsibilities and immunities of government entities can be at the heart of a commercial contract and a human rights action; understanding of the applicable law and the laws of different states is relevant to matrimonial, commercial and competition issues; and the appropriate forum for resolving a dispute is necessary to discern for an investment matter as much as a humanitarian and rule of law concern. There are few areas of legal practice that are not affected in some way by international law, whether that matter is transacted or litigated in a national, regional or international location.

This course is unique in that it introduces participants to international law, as broadly understood and as it arises in practice. It includes the core elements of public international law, private international law, European law and the rule of law, in their public and commercial interactions in contemporary international and national affairs. Topics will include international human rights law, law of armed conflict, comparative law, international investment law, and business and human rights. There will also be a session where current practitioners offer advice about careers in these fields.

Teaching Arrangements

Teaching will be seminar style with opportunities for class discussion and interaction. Practical examples and dispute settlement avenues will be given where relevant. Reading lists, including reference to electronic materials, will be provided for each session.

All sessions will be taught in English. If you are not a native English speaker, you will need to have experience of studying in English at university level or to have achieved an appropriate score in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or an equivalent programme.

This course will be convened by Professor Robert McCorquodale Institute Director.

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CPD Accreditation

This course is accredited for 28.5 CPD hours.

Fees and Applying

The course fee is £600 (incl. VAT) and covers:

  • Tuition and course materials;
  • Refreshments (tea/coffee/water) during sessions;
  • One evening social event with expert guest speakers; and
  • Certificate of completion (hardcopy and electronic version).

Booking deadline: Friday 4 September 2015

Places are limited. Early booking is advised

BIICL International Scholarship

The Institute offers a course fee waiver to one registrant from a developing country. Please note that this award does not include travel or accommodation costs.

To be considered for this award, eligible applicants must send a one page letter indicating why they would like to do the course and why they should receive a waiver to Claudia Mansaray, Marketing Manager at - applications must be received by no later than Friday 7 August 2015.

Photography and audio recording

Please note that our events may be photographed or audio recorded. These materials will be used for internal and external promotional purposes only by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. If you object to appearing in the photographs, please let our photographer know on the day. Alternatively you can email BIICL Marketing Manager, Claudia Mansaray in advance of the event that you are attending.

Event Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by us

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law reserves the right to modify or cancel any event if unforeseen circumstances arise. If we cancel an event we shall inform you as soon as possible using the contact details provided to us and offer you a full refund.

Cancellation by you

All cancellations must be made in writing via email to and be no less than one week prior to the event.

Payment for registration will always be required, and must be made prior to the event. If sufficient written notification of cancellation is received, a full refund will be given. If insufficient notice is given, payment for your registration will still be required.

No charge events

All events are costly to set up, even those for which there is 'no charge'. If you register but find you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible. As a charity we need to cover the costs of events, and we may charge you a fee of £10 for administration and catering costs if you fail to attend or give us less than 24 hours' notice.

By registering for an event, you have confirmed that you have read and understood our cancellation policy.

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