About the Program

2016 Program Dates: Sunday, July 10–Saturday, August 6

Please note that the information on this page is accurate for Summer 2015. Updates for Summer 2016 are coming soon.

Who Should Attend

The course is suitable for human rights professionals as well as those hoping to embark on a career in this field. We welcome applications from practicing lawyers and judges, members of the armed forces, government officials, lawyers and other persons working for non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations that work in the field of international human rights, students with a first degree (including in subjects other than law) and those with at least one year of legal study towards their degree. The class includes a wide array of human rights professionals, law students at the George Washington University and students studying various subjects at a variety of universities.

In 2014, a total of 75 students attended the program; 41 of these came from the U.S. and 34 from countries including Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, The Netherlands, and Venezula. Of the U.S. attendees, 32 students were from GW Law.

Anticipated enrollment for 2015 is expected to be similar to that for 2014 and it is expected that roughly the same geographical diversity will be represented by students in the program. 

New College, Oxford

Students will be accommodated and take many of their meals at New College, Oxford on Holywell Street. Founded by William of Wykham in 1379, it is one of the largest, best known and most beautiful of the Oxford colleges. The college is located in the centre of Oxford, close to the St Cross Law Faculty Building, in which the Bodleian Law Library is located. Classes are to be held in the Manor Road Building, right next to the St. Cross Building, and if need be, in the St. Cross Building. The classrooms include a lecture hall for plenary sessions and breakout rooms for classes. Due to renovations of the New College dining hall, lunches will be held at St. Catherine's College, just next to the Manor Road Building, and formal dinners this summer will be held at St. Hilda's College and Wadham College. The Administrative offices, which house the Oxford director and supporting staff, are in Rewley House, Wellington Square, Oxford.

Students are accommodated in single study bedrooms at New College. Many of the bedrooms have private bathrooms but such a room can only be guaranteed if the supplementary private bathroom fee is paid.

Travel Advisory Information

Please visit the U.S. Department of State Consular for the United Kingdom and Gibraltar web site for current travel advisory information. Students registered through the George Washington University Law School will be registered in StudioAbroad, which will also provide up-to-date information about any changes to any travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State.

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