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Because of the risks posed by COVID-19, GW Law has canceled the 2020 session of the human rights law program at Oxford.


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About the Oxford Summer Program

2020 Dates: July 12 - August 8


Watch the recent information session on the GW-Oxford Program.

Who Should Apply?

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. We also welcome applications from students with any of the following: an undergraduate degree (including in subjects other than law); those with at least two years of study towards an undergraduate degree in law; those with at least one year of study towards a graduate degree in law. 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 2019, a total of 65 students attended the programme and came from countries including Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

Please note that admission to this programme is competitive and not everyone who meets the admission requirements can be offered a place.  Where there are more applicants than places available, applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications, as well as those who we feel will gain most from the programme, are given priority.

New College, Oxford

Students will be accommodated and take all 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 St Cross Law Faculty Building. The classrooms include a lecture hall for plenary sessions and breakout rooms for classes. 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.

Individuals with Disabilities

The department's aim is to treat all participants equally and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Individuals' needs are taken into account as far as possible, providing reasonable adaptations and assistance within the resources available. We ask that people let us know of any disability or special need (confidentially if required) so that we can help them participate as fully as possible.

Students with mobility difficulties may find areas of Oxford difficult to access as it is an ancient city with a number of very old buildings which were designed in an age that was less sensitive to issues of disability. Similarly, students may also find that the age and layout of New College mean they are not able to access all areas of the college. However, ground floor bedrooms and a lift to the dining hall are available and the department will do as much as possible to assist students with special requirements.

All of the teaching rooms used for the program are equipped with facilities that improve access for students with disabilities including lifts, access ramps, and hearing loops. The department can also provide reading materials in alternative formats (such as Braille or large print) and can arrange special examination provision.

Prospective participants with mobility difficulties, visual or hearing impairments, or any other disabilities which require special arrangements, may want to make preliminary inquiries to the Oxford Program Administrator Laura Thomlinson at [email protected] for further advice.

For more information about the GW-Oxford Program, please contact:

GW/Oxford Summer Program in International Human Rights Law 
The George Washington University Law School 
2000 H St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20052 
202.994.6588;  [email protected].