Go On! Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

The Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law takes full advantage of the American University Washington College of Law’s location in Washington, D.C., by giving participants unrivaled opportunities to meet policy makers, visit influential international organizations, and attend a multitude of international events. The program is a venue for total immersion into the realm of human rights and humanitarian law provided in an intense three-week format that enables individuals with limited time to develop their skills and gain practical experience.


The Academy boasts over fifteen years of experience in specialized studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The 2016 Program of Advanced Studies of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law will take place May 31 to June 17 and offers 20 courses, 9 in English and 11 in Spanish. Courses can be taken for academic credit approved by the American Bar Association, for a Certificate of Attendance, or for a Diploma.

The Academy’s Summer Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is taught by 44 of the most influential experts in the field of human rights. Our faculty includes Judges from International Tribunals like the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs and Committee Members from the United Nations, Members of the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights, experts from prominent NGO’s and professors from around the world. This is an exceptional opportunity to maximize your summer studies and networks in D.C.
For More information, please visit our website: http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/

The Diploma
Enrollment in the Diploma is normally only available to 35 lawyers but candidates from related disciplines are encouraged to apply. It requires participants to enroll in a minimum of 64 hours of class and successfully complete exams. The 64-hour requirement can be met by enrolling in a minimum of three courses. You can also enroll in a fourth course at no additional cost.

The Certificate of Attendance
This option is for persons interested in the program that have a first degree in a related field; those who are currently studying law outside the US; or those licensed in law, who do not wish to take exams or do as many as 3 courses.

ABA Credit
Current law students enrolled in universities in the U.S. can register in our ABA approved courses and receive academic credit that is recognized at their institutions. Foreign students who wish to obtain credit should send us a letter requesting the credits, which also includes your Office of Registrar contact information. We will send your final grades to your Office of Registrar so that you may receive credit but ultimately it is up to your institution if credit is granted.

Other Opportunities:
Concurrent with the program, the Academy sponsors Human Rights Month (May 22 –June 17, 2016), which offers additional academic opportunities through conferences, panels, and films. Additionally, there are events planned exclusively for participants, which include workshops, site visits to international organizations, a welcome and closing reception, a tour of the national monuments. In addition, if you mention where you saw this post, we will give you free attendance to one of these special events!

The deadline to apply is May 1

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