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Short Course: Public International Law in Practice

Event Details

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

Course Lead: Professor Robert McCorquodale Institute Director

Public International Law in Practice is a dynamic course of applied public international law run by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. This two-day programme is focused on current developments in public international law and their application in national and international litigation, in governmental and international policy-making and in international legal and diplomatic practice.

Led by many of the Institute's leading researchers and practitioners, the course is designed to give a concise introduction to key issues across a broad range of areas of public international law - from the nature of international law to international resolution of disputes, from human rights to international investment law.

Course topics

Day 1: Monday 3 April 2017

  • Legal Foundations of Public International Law
  • Public International Law before the Courts
  • International Trade Law
  • International Law and Armed Conflict
  • Public International Lawyers in Practice

Day 2: Tuesday 4 April 2017

  • International Investment Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law concerning Refugees and Migration
  • Business and Human Rights

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Who is the course for?

The course is ideal for those in the early and middle years of legal practice, those working in governmental and non-governmental organisations with legal elements to their work, those moving legal practice areas, and students who are studying for a postgraduate degree which includes aspects of international law.

Course benefits

This course is unique in that it introduces participants to public international law as it arises in practice in a concise and engaging way. It includes the core elements of public international law, such as treaties, customary international law, state responsibilities and immunities, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international environmental law, and international economic law, as well as how international law is dealt with in national law and in terms of dispute settlement.

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Fees and applying

The course fee is £450 (incl. VAT) and covers:

• Tuition and course materials

• Refreshments (tea/coffee/water) during sessions plus sandwiches during the lunch breaks

• Certificate of completion (hardcopy and electronic version).

Group Booking Discount

• A 15% discount applies if four or more people from the same company register.

• A 10% discount applies to those learners booking places for both of our April short courses.

• A 30% discount will apply to third sector organisations booking two or more places.

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Testimonials from past course attendees

"An excellent course; the best investment of time of any legal course I have attended. Very relevant, well-pitched to the knowledge of the audience. Speakers were excellent overall."

"The course included a broad range of topics and acted both as a refresher in some areas and an introduction to new principles. There was a good mix of lectures and case studies. Overall very useful and I will recommend it to my colleagues."

"Very good in regard to the variety of subjects and the opportunity to meet some experts."

"The course, besides being well-structured, balanced and well-delivered, provided me with a deeper understanding of the key issues of public international law."

"Very happy I signed up to this. I will be looking at future courses at BIICL."

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 Language Testing System (IELTS) or an equivalent programme.

CPD Information

The course is worth the equivalent of 12 CPD hours.

Photography and audio recording

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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.

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