Program Update

Because of the ongoing risks of COVID-19, the continuing dislocation caused by Brexit, and the reorganization of the human rights faculty at Oxford, the summer 2022 session of the joint GW-Oxford Program in International Human Rights Law has been canceled.


Apply for the Oxford Summer Program

2020 Dates: July 12 - August 8


To apply to the program, please complete an application [pdf]. Applications must be received by April 1, 2020.

The completed application form must be accompanied by:

  • A brief statement of approximately 250 words explaining why you want to participate in the program and what you can offer to it.
  • A statement of good standing or a certificate of completion from your law school or graduate school, with your social security number clearly indicated.
  • A copy of your current resume.
  • In the case of non-native speakers of English who have not taken a university degree in which English is the language of instruction, proof of a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based or 100 computer-based.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $25 in the form of a check or money order payable to The George Washington University.

Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Completed applications and all administrative inquiries from applicants within North America should be sent to:

Silena Davis, Executive Aide
International Programs
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA
Tel: 202.994.6588
Fax: 202.994.2831
Email: [email protected]

For inquiries about the academic program only, please contact:

Ralph G. Steinhardt
Professor of Law and International Affairs
Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence
2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA
Tel: 202.994.1210
Fax: 202.994.2831
Email: [email protected]

Applicants from Outside North America

Applicants from outside North America should request application materials from, and apply to the program through, the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education at the following address:

Laura Thomlinson
Programme Administrator
International Human Rights Law
University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education
1, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, UK
Tel: +44 1865 270281
Fax: +44 1865 270314
Email: [email protected]


Program fees are $12,915, which includes tuition, Bodleian Library fees, and accommodation with full board at New College. Travel is not included. Meals are taken in the college dining room and are included in the program fee.

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 a supplementary private bathroom fee of $406 is paid. Please indicate on the application form if you wish to have a private bathroom (ensuite) accommodation. Upon acceptance, a nonrefundable $500 deposit must be received by May 1, 2020 to secure a place in the program. The deposit will be credited toward program fees.

Financial Aid

Applicants to the program who are not students at the George Washington University should apply through their home universities for financial support. The George Washington University Office of Student Financial Assistance cannot process financial aid applications for students who are not enrolled in a degree program at the George Washington University.

Student Withdrawal

A student who withdraws within two weeks of the start of the program due to reasons unrelated to the program's cancellation is not entitled to a refund of tuition or of the $500 deposit; a student who withdraws outside of this two week period is entitled to a refund of tuition but not the $500 deposit.

Program Changes, Refunds, and Cancellations

Any changes in course offerings or other significant aspects of the program will be communicated promptly to all persons who have paid a deposit or registered. In the unlikely event of under-enrollment or due to a security risk or other major unexpected circumstances, the program may be canceled. If cancellation occurs, applicants will be notified immediately by e-mail and will receive a full refund. Further, the program director will use best efforts to make arrangements for each enrolled student to attend a similar program if the student so desires. The program has not been previously canceled.


GW Law Students: Course names and grades from the Summer Program will be listed on your GWU transcript.

Non-GW Students: A Request for Transcript Form is included in your admissions package. Click here for a copy of the form. Please submit this Form with your registration. After all grades are submitted, you will receive one official transcript to the address you designate on the Form. Future or additional requests should be sent directly to GW's Office of the Registrar (202.994.4900) and are subject to their fees and delivery schedule.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the University, including admission to educational programs and employment. The University is subject to the District of Columbia Human Rights Law. Inquiries concerning the application of this policy and the federal laws and regulations regarding discriminations in education or employment programs and activities may be addressed to Susan B. Kaplan, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, 202.994.4433, or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the US Department of Education.