Admissions for the course starting September 2014 are now closed for all candidates. Admissions for the course starting in September 2015 will open in September 2014.  If you would like to be informed when admissions re-open, please send an email to with the subject line ‘IHRL MST’ and we will add you to our mailing list.

Further details can be found on the website link below. Course details and Key Facts:

Length: 4 weeks
Dates: Sunday 13 July - Saturday 9 August 2014
Modes of teaching: Residential summer school in Oxford
Fees: £7000.00
Application deadline: 1 April 2014

Course aims

The programme aims to provide an intensive immersion in international human rights law and practice. Students will learn about key international and regional human rights laws and the enforcement of human rights by courts, quasi-judicial bodies, the UN and other inter-governmental organisations and non-governmental actors.  The introductory morning session aims to provide a basic grounding in the field of international human rights law for students with no prior knowledge. The advanced morning seminars aim to build on students' existing knowledge. The afternoon electives aim to provide students with an opportunity to specialise in a key sub area of international human rights law or international humanitarian law. More broadly, the programme is intended to prepare participants to contribute to the improvement of human rights conditions in their homelands and around the world

Level and demands

This course is an intensive programme of university-level study and potential applicants should therefore be confident that they are academically and linguistically prepared for such a programme.

If your first language is not English, you must supply evidence of your proficiency before a place can be offered. Further information about accepted English tests and minimum scores for this course are listed in the Admissions section.

Certificates and credit

All students who satisfactorily complete the programme will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance. To qualify for this, students are required to attend lectures and seminars to the satsifaction of the course tutors. The examinations at the end of the programme are optional but those students seeking credit from the programme will need to sit them.

The programme qualifies for Continuing Professional Development with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (CPD SRA) in the United Kingdom (for those that have applied through Oxford only) and is also accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) for 5 semester credits (for those that have applied through George Washinton only). Oxford itself, however, does not offer credit and therefore those wishing to obtain credit from their home institution for attending the programme must make appropriate arrangements with that institution in advance. Participants can request information to provide to the home institution which details contact hours (for lectures and seminars) and grades achieved in the examinations. The level of credit, if any, must be determined by the home institution.

Course structure

The 2014 programme begins on Sunday 13 July. Programme orientation and library registration are held on Monday 14 July. Classes are held mornings and afternoons Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 July, Monday 21 to Friday 25 July, Monday 28 to Thursday 31 July and Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 August. Friday 1 August is a reading day. Examinations will be held on Friday 8 August and the programme concludes at 09:00 on Saturday 9 August.