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Short Course: Foundations of Public International Law (Hybrid)

Date: 24 - 25 June 2024

Time: 09.30 - 17.30 (UK time)

Venue: BIICL, Russell Square, London and Online

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Course Details

This short course provides participants with an in depth understanding of the basic tenets of public international law. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of international law experts from academia and practice, the course provides participants with a solid working knowledge of the foundations of public international law including its nature and structure, the sources and subjects of international law, issues of responsibility, jurisdiction and dispute settlement.

The course can be taken alone or together with BIICL's 'Public International Law in Practice' course. That course adopts a thematic approach to the application and practice of public international law with sessions on individual fields of international law including: human rights and business and human rights, climate change, law of the sea, migration and refugee law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law amongst others.

Course topics:

  • Nature and Structure of Public International Law
    Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci , Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training, BIICL
  • Sources of International Law
    Dr Jack Kenny,  Research Leader in International Law, BIICL
  • Law of Treaties
    Jill Barrett,  Independent Consultants and Former Arthur Watts Senior Fellow, BIICL
  • Statehood and Recognition
    Dr Nikolaos Pavlopoulos,  Associate Legal Officer, International Court of Justice
  • State Responsibility
    Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci,  Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training, BIICL
  • The Individual and Non-State Actors in International Law
    Dr Irene Pietropaoli,  Senior Fellow in Business & Human Rights, BIICL
  • Jurisdiction and State Immunity
    Anthony Wenton,  Research Fellow in International Law, BIICL
  • Law of International Organisations
    Professor Dan Sarooshi K.C.,  Barrister, Essex Court Chambers
  • The United Nations Charter
    Dr Julinda Beqiraj,  Maurice Wohl Senior Fellow in European Law, BIICL
  • International Courts and Tribunals
    Professor Yarik Kryvoi,  Senior Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum, BIICL

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Course leaders

Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training, BIICL and Dr Rosana Garciandia,  Research Fellow in Labour Exploitation and Human Rights, BIICL

Testimonials from past attendees

"Excellent course! It covered the most relevant topics of Public International Law, and the classes and discussions were really engaging."
"The course was really complete and comprehensive. I have already recommended it to colleagues."
"The course was excellent! We had the opportunity to learn a lot from leading experts in the field..."

Who is the course for?

The course is suited for anyone working within governments, civil society, law firms and elsewhere. It will also benefit anyone with a background in law, international relations, global affairs, policy making and politics, and for those finding that they are increasingly dealing with international law issues in their day-to-day work.

Pricing and Registration

The course cost is £775 per person.

Course format: This is a hybrid course, being offered in person at the BIICL office in Russell Square, London and virtually.

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Participants at BIICL short courses are also invited to join exclusive events for trainees following completion of the course.

Course Discounts

Member discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships at BIICL 

Group discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from NGO organisations or staff of government
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the discounted rates, please Contact Us.

Training scholarships

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community.

Applications for training scholarships must be received at least three weeks ahead of the course start date (3 June 2024).

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 14 CPD hours.
A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 70% of live course session time. Certificates will be sent to course participants within one month of the last session of the course.


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