Reflecting Queen's Law's commitment to an international perspective in the study of law, the International Law Programs are integrated academic programs in international law that run in May and June. This unique learning opportunity combines an 8-week intensive course of international law with field study visits to law firms, international organizations, and international courts. Instructors and guests are prominent figures in international law, and bring their practical experience to the classroom. The program offers networking opportunities, including a career options evening with alumni and friends of the program. Students choose a program stream in either International Business Law or Public International Law.
Upon the successful completion of one of the International 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".
Please note this program is for students registered in a J.D. or LL.B. program at an accredited Canadian or American university.
Gain a comprehensive overview of the field of international law and study international law with leading practitioners in the field
Visit international courts, international organizations, law firms and Canadian Missions in London, Geneva, and The Hague (Public International Law) or London, Geneva, Brussels and Paris (International Business Law)
Study in small and highly interactive classes
Build your profile for future job applications and a career in international law
Earn 9 Queen’s Law upper-year course credits, which you can use to graduate early or to do an international internship during your time in law school
Build lasting friendships and networks with your colleagues, instructors and alumni
Be ahead of the curve as international law is increasingly relevant in all aspects of law
Non-repayable bursaries are available for eligible students
Queen's Law scholarships are available for Queen's students
International Business Law
The International Business Law program begins with a two-week introductory course, the first week of which is taken jointly by students in both programs. Classes in the IBL program then focus on public international law governing international trade and investment, and provide an overview of the fields of activity of the World Trade Organization (WTO), with a focus on multilateral trade negotiations and dispute settlement. Students learn about the law governing international business transactions as well as the different forms of dispute resolution that are open to the parties in such transactions.
Courses and instructors
Introduction to International Business Law (the first week is taken jointly with students in the Public International Law program) (3 credits)
The Public International Law program begins with a two-week introductory course, the first week of which is taken jointly by students in both programs. Classes in the PIL program then provide an overview of the international law of human rights and the more specialized protections applicable to refugees, as well as the interrelationship between these bodies of law. Students are introduced to the law governing the conduct of armed conflict and to the crimes for which individuals incur individual criminal responsibility under international law, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
Courses and instructors
Introduction to Public International Law (the first week is taken jointly with students in the International Business Law program) (3 credits)
International Protection of Human Rights and Refugees (3 credits)
The Law of Armed Conflict and International Crimes (3 credits)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London)
IBL students travel to Brussels, Paris, and Geneva for a week, and attend numerous field studies at key governmental and international institutions.
European Parliament (Brussels)
Canadian Mission to the EU (Brussels)
Permanent Delegation of Canada to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris)
International Trade Centre (Geneva)
World Trade Organization and Canadian Mission (Geneva)
Law Firms in Paris and Geneva
Public International Law
Typical field studies include:
Canadian High Commission (London)
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London)
PIL students travel to The Hague and Geneva for a week, and attend numerous field studies at key governmental and international institutions.
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (The Hague)
International Criminal Court (The Hague)
Special Tribunal for Lebanon (The Hague)
Organization 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 Commission for Refugees (Geneva)