SOAS University of London

School of Law

Executive Course in Public International Law (2019 entry)


Date: 9 September 2019Time: 8:45 AM

Finishes: 13 September 2019Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B202

Type of Event: 0

Who is this programme for?:

This is an intensive five-day course in public international law for diplomats, executives, policymakers, non-profit workers, lawyers and professionals run by the School of Law at SOAS. 

Programme Description

This course, taught by leading academics and practitioners within their particular area of expertise, offers an intensive study of international law for professionals. After providing an introduction to international law, participants will cover litigating international law in the courts of England and Wales, the Responsibilities of States, Individuals and Businesses, the International Court of Justice, how to bring claims in International Investment Arbitration and how to defend them, and how to make complaints to International Human Rights bodies. Specific subjects will include state immunity, diplomatic immunity, the prospects of a treaty on business and human rights, parent company liability in tort law, how to reform international investment law and the regulation of internet companies.

Participants will leave the course with the capacity to address complex legal questions commonly encountered by diplomats, executives and policymakers, skills in research, academic writing and advocacy, and an understanding of strategies employed in public international law litigation. You will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with leading academics and practitioners in a collegial atmosphere. On the final day, participants are invited to deliver a short paper at a workshop open to the Law Faculty followed by lunch at Lincoln’s Inn.


Course Timetable

View the course timetable.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify, describe and critically analyse concepts and theories of public international law;
  • Apply knowledge of public international law to answer legal questions commonly encountered by diplomats, executives, NGO workers, and policymakers;
  • Develop skills in research, negotiation, drafting, case analysis, academic writing and advocacy in public international law;
  • Understand strategies employed in public international law litigation;
  • Carry out independent research on a recent development in international law.


Assessment is optional and will be in the form of a 2,500 word essay to be handed in one week after the course. A certificate of completion will be provided along with confirmation of assessment mark (if submitted).

Application process

Please fill out the application form on the apply tab on the Executive Course in Public International Law (2019 entry) page, including a 500 word statement of interest.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications for a scholarship should be made by 30 June 2019.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fee: £1,600 (Fees include all programme materials, daytime refreshments and lunch in Lincoln's Inn on the final day).

A small number of discounted places have been reserved for those in the early stages of their career, students, and those working for non-governmental organisations. Please clearly register your interest for a discounted place in your statement of interest.

One merit-based scholarship is available for a delegate from a developing country, and will cover the tuition-fee only. Applicants will be assessed on the detail entailed in their statement of interest.

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