About the Oxford Summer Program

2023 Dates: July 4-29

The International Human Rights Law Summer School is offered by the George Washington University Law School in conjunction with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford University. Prof Ralph Steinhardt is the GWU Director of the Summer School and a member of the Program’s faculty. Prof Freya Baetens is the Oxford Director of the Summer School and is based at the Bonavero Institute. Prof Kate O’Regan is the Director of the Bonavero Institute. 

New College, Oxford

Students are provided with accommodation at New College, Oxford. Founded by William of Wykham in 1379, New College is one of the largest, best known and most beautiful of the Oxford colleges. The college is located in a prime city centre location and is a short walk from both the teaching rooms and the Bodleian Law Library.

Bedrooms and Meals

Students are accommodated in single study bedrooms at New College. Most of the bedrooms have ensuite (private) bathrooms but there are a small number with shared bathroom facilities. Please see Fees and payment for further information about the allocation of rooms.

The rooms are intended primarily for undergraduate students and are as such fairly basic in their décor and furnishings, though all include a desk, wardrobe and mini fridge. Rooms vary considerably in age, shape and layout.

Students cannot be accommodated at New College either prior to or beyond the program dates. Family members and/or friends who are not enrolled in this summer school cannot be accommodated in college.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided every day in the college's dining hall.  With the exception of the welcome and farewell dinners which are served at the table, all meals are self-service with a range of options available.  Should applicants have any dietary requirements (e.g. gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan) please make sure to include these in the relevant section on the application form.

Non-residential Students

We encourage all participants to take advantage of the accommodation provided at New College but, for those who already live nearby or for whom the accommodation would not be suitable, it is possible to attend the program on a non-residential basis. Please contact the Oxford Course Administrator at [email protected] for further information.

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 provisions.

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, DC 20052 
202.994.6588;  [email protected].