American University, Washington College of Law: Washington \ Geneva - International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy

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The Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy (PIOLD) offers courses and networking opportunities in Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland that train law students and lawyers to work strategically within transnational institut... read more

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The Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy (PIOLD) offers courses and networking opportunities in
Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland that train law students and lawyers to work strategically within transnational
institutions through public and private international law mechanisms including international litigation, global administrative
law, human rights advocacy, and diplomacy. PIOLD is a unique program offered by American University Washington College
of Law that invites distinguished speakers in Washington and Geneva to train participants on both theory and practice of
international law, emerging transnational legal regimes, and changing diplomatic relations. Students learn from experts in
a variety of cutting-edge legal fields in the classroom, through networking opportunities, and by exploring, as insiders, the
practice of international organizations.
The summer program is open to participants from American University Washington College of Law and other AU graduate
schools, as well as to U.S. and international law and graduate students from other universities and staff from international
organizations, governments, or the private sector working in this field. Academic credit students receive Washington College
of Law credits; students from other universities need to inquire at their home institutions about the transfer of academic
credit. Successful completion of the requirements (attendance, participation, and final exams) will lead to a PIOLD
Certificate of Completion. Participants have the option to enroll in the Washington or Geneva program and are encouraged
to participate in both.
While taking courses in the program, participants have substantive contact with a wide variety of the most important
international organizations both in Washington and Geneva through guest lecturers and site visits. In Washington, students
meet with officials at organizations like the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank,
Organization of American States, and Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America. In Geneva, students
are at organizations such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, International Labor
Organization, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, International Committee of the Red Cross,
and Human Rights Watch. The program hosts networking events with officials, professors, and AU alumni now working in the
field. Program staff help to inform participants of professional opportunities with international organizations.

 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
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