Ignite Your Passion for International Law

If the U.S. legal system seems complex, imagine the intricacies of how laws work across an international landscape. In International Law: Protecting the World's Interests, you will explore how international law is created, how jurisdiction works, how international treaties are negotiated, and how international law is enforced. You’ll even break down a simulated case study on the war in Ukraine and complete a final project in which you will take on the role of advisor. This fascinating course is a great choice for anyone who aspires to learn about international law and its impact on the world.

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Program Dates

Multiple 2- and 4-week sessions

Eligibility

For students ages 13 and up

Fees

$1495

Develop a Legal Mindset Before College

Explore the Nature and Sources of International Law.

Learn how to define international law through real-life examples. Study bilateral and multilateral treaties and how they are negotiated. Review treaty examples, such as Diplomatic Immunity and Law of the Sea. Work through a hypothetical scenario relating to a current issue and indicate the legal rules that exist.

Learn the Fine Points of Jurisdiction.

Understand the nature of state jurisdiction under international law by focusing on three key issues: law of the sea, air law, and outer space law.

Study the Relationship Between International Law and Military Force.

Using the U.N. Charter framework for recourse to force, you will look at challenges to the Charter. You will review legal principles relating to the law concerning the conduct of hostilities, and be able to give examples of mechanisms for enforcing international law around force.

Discover How International Law Is Enforced.

Look into the difficulties regarding enforcement of international law and discuss methods of enforcement. You will dive into problems the world has encountered. Using examples like the Gulf War, Iranian Hostage Crisis, the genocide in Myanmar, and other conflicts, you will explore how international law was applied.

Consider the Future of International Law.

Study changes that have occurred in international law since its inception with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Learn how these changes may affect the way international law is created and its legal rules. Understand the constant changes that impact this field of law and the roles of players, such as the United Nations, NGOs, and Corporations. Discuss emerging actors, such as NATO and the EU. Learn how cyberattacks, the social media revolution, and climate change will impact the future of international law.

Explore College Majors and Future Careers.

Topics covered in this course offer a good background for potential college majors and career paths related to international law, such as attorney, global activist, corporate counselor, federal government, journalist, and NGOs.

How You Will Benefit

  • Identify the nature and sources of international law.
  • Discuss the importance of jurisdiction and how it is defined by land, sea, and air.
  • Explain the treaties intended to manage the use of military force. 
  • Explore the enforcement of international law.
  • Understand the future of international law.
  • Complete a Final Capstone Project to demonstrate what you’ve learned.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Georgetown University.

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Three Learning Advantages Designed for You

Final Capstone Project

This online course culminates in a Final Capstone Project, where you will analyze a simulation involving the use of military force. You will:

  • Apply international law in defining the conflict and decide what actions to recommend. 
  • Play the role of advisor and assess the legality or resolution of the conflict.
  • Incorporate what you’ve learned from each module.

Mentoring

You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments.
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed.
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final Capstone project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • Flexible format: you’ll learn through video lessons. Tune in anytime that works for you.
  • 20 to 30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from mentors.

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

December 18 - January 1

International Law: Protecting the World’s Interests

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1495

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 11, 2022

All course options have the same educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We are offering a condensed version of the course in order to accommodate students’ individual schedules.

Course Designed by Georgetown University Faculty

Dr. Anthony Clark Arend | International Law Course Instructor | Georgetown University

Anthony Clark Arend, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Government at Georgetown University

Dr. Arend, a renowned and popular professor at Georgetown University, designed and leads both the international relations and the international law pre-college courses. He earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, and he received his B.S.F.S from Georgetown University. He is also the author of Legal Rules and International Society.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application asks you to provide the following:

  • Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  • Why you wish to take this course, and a bit of your story, through writing, video, photos—any media you prefer.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes to answer the questions.

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Scholarships

We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

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