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International Lawyering in a Public Interest

T.M.C. Asser Institute

Certificate / Diploma Summer course Den Haag

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study General programmes
Course summary Explore the challenges of public interest advocacy in international law and rethink what it means to practice public interest advocacy in the international system.
Course description What does it take to practice international law for public interests? This summer school will explore the challenges of public interest advocacy in international law, from questions of practice to finding or starting a firm, and from finding funding to identifying causes and new avenues for advocacy. We will also raise critical questions, to challenge what it means to practice public interest advocacy in the international system. Our group of lecturers includes leaders in practice, including advocates from pro-bono start-ups and private firms, as well as NGOs, activists, and academia. Aim: To provide the knowledge lawyers need to launch and sustain practices of public advocacy with international law; and the critical knowledge necessary to challenge assumptions about the nature and limits of public interest advocacy under international law. Target group: Young professionals; Public interest lawyers interested in new directions and critical reflection on the field; NGO workers; Seasoned professionals looking to develop a public advocacy practice; Students; Diplomats; Academics looking to apply their knowledge.
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ECTS credits 0.00
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Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, excursion, group discussion, lecture
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About the institution

Department Asser Institute
Information about the institution It fulfils an important role in undertaking fundamental and independent policy-oriented research and providing a platform for international cooperation and partnering in fields of law at the cutting edge of academia and practice. With its strong convening power the institute attracts legal scholars from around the world to present and test cutting edge ideas in their respective fields of expertise. It is the natural place for critical and constructive reflection on international and European legal developments. Over the years, the Asser Institute has developed strong independent research activities. In the coming years, the institute aims to build on these activities to strengthen its academic profile and foster its orientation towards fundamental and independent policy-oriented research.


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Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
8 Jul 2019 2 Jul 2019 2 Jul 2019
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 750€ 750€ 750

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

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