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Short Course: Public International Law in Practice

Date: 5 Sessions: 16, 23 February, 2, 9 and 16 March 2021

Time: 11.00 - 14.30 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Course Details

The Public International Law in Practice course offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

The programme focuses on current developments in public international law and their application in national and international dispute resolution, policy-making and in international legal and diplomatic practice.

Led by many of the Institute's leading researchers and practitioners, the course gathers primarily senior practitioners, academics and government officials interested to improve their knowledge of key areas international law: from the sources of international law to the law of armed conflict, from human rights to international investment 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

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 Lead

 Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training

Format of the Course

The virtual course format will consist of a series of sessions in which live (synchronous) teaching is offered via Zoom. Participants will be able to interact with the tutors and amongst themselves on screen.

Testimonials from past attendees

"A great introduction to many aspects of international law with very knowledgeable speakers..."

An extremely helpful course! And importantly the speakers were able to answer our questions"

Very interesting and comprehensive course. It covered a lot in the two days."

Indicative course topics

  • Legal Foundations of Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Law Concerning Armed Conflict
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Law of the Sea
  • International Migration and Refugee Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Criminal Law  

Course Programme

Pricing and Registration

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Dates for future courses will be announced shortly. Please contact the Events team to register your interest.

Course fee: £550 (including VAT)

Course Discounts Available

We are conscious of the many challenges posed by the current crisis and are seeking to do our part to support people preparing for the legal market in the days after the crisis. In view of this, we are offering a 15% discount on our courses to anyone for whom the current situation has resulted in reduced or precarious employment.

Moreover, in our effort to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession, we are offering the same discount to people from such groups who take these courses.

Student Member Discount: 15% discount for student members of BIICL
Details of student membership 

Group Discounts

  • 30% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from NGO organisations or staff of government
  • 15% discount for groups of 4 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the discounted rates please Contact Us 

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 17.5 CPD hours.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events team

Photography and 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, Carmel Brown in advance of the event that you are attending.

Event Cancellation Policy

When you register for an event you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood our cancellation policy.

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