Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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International Law Programs

Reflecting Queen's Law's commitment to global perspective in the study of law, the International Law Programs are intensive and integrated academic programs in international law. Students may enroll in International Business Law or Public International Law, with enrollment limited to 25 students per program. Dalhousie Law School is a partner in the Queen's International Law Programs, and places are reserved for Dalhousie students.

A wide range of distinguished instructors teach the programs with the assistance of equally distinguished visitors and guests.  Participants in previous years have included a judge and senior prosecutor from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Prosecutor of the UN's Special Tribunal for Lebanon, senior Foreign Affairs Canada legal officials from Ottawa and posted in Europe, UN officials, lawyers from the London office of Clifford Chance and the Paris office of White & Case, and law professors from around the world.

Taking advantage of the BISC's location, the program includes at least one full-day trip to London and a week-long field trip to key international institutions in Europe. These visits include briefings with senior legal advisors and, where possible, senior Canadian representatives. The field trips provide students with first-hand opportunities to meet with key officials and deepen their understanding of international law.

For further information, visit the website for Law Programs at the BISC.

International Business Law

The International Business Law program is open to law students enrolled in LL.B or J.D programs in Canada and the U.S., and to international law students enrolled at universities with which Queen's is an exchange partner.

  • Public International Law (LAW 540) (taken in the first two weeks of the program with students in the Public International Law program) (3 credits/36 hours)
  • International Economic Law (LAW 454) (3 credits/36 hours)
  • International Commerce Law (LAW 666) (3 credits/36 hours) 
Typical Field Study Destinations
  • Clifford Chance LLP (London)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London)
  • Canadian Mission to the European Union (Brussels)
  • UNCTAD (Geneva)
  • WIPO (Geneva)
  • World Trade Organization and Canadian Mission (Geneva)
  • Law Firms in Paris and Geneva

Public International Law

The Public International Law program is open not only to law students, but also to other qualified applicants including those who may have work or academic experience in a related field.

  • Public International Law (LAW 540) (taken in the first two weeks of the program with students in the International Business Law program)(3 credits/36 hours)
  • International Protection of Human Rights and Refugees (LAW 665) (3 credits/36 hours)
  • The Law of Armed Conflict and International Crimes (LAW 664) (3 credits/36 hours)
Typical Field Study Destinations
  • Canadian High Commission (London)
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London)
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (The Hague)
  • International Criminal Court (The Hague)
  • Special Tribunal for Lebanon (The Hague)
  • Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (The Hague)
  • Canadian Mission to the United Nations (Geneva)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva)
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva)

Certificate of Completion

Upon the successful completion of one of the Global Law Programs, students will receive a "Certificate of Completion" in International Business Law or Public International Law from the Faculty of Law. The certificates of the students with the three highest averages in each of the programs will indicate that the students completed the programs "with First Class Honours".

For further information, visit the website for Law Programs at the BISC

​Please note:

Students applying to the International Law Programs should apply through the Faculty of Law.

Application Procedures and 2017 Application Form can be found here