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International Law & Politics - Oxford

Oxford Royale Academy's International Law & Politics Summer School for Adults, on the campus of the University of Oxford, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why study International Law and Politics?

Immerse yourself into the challenging and exciting world of international law and global governance and you develop the skills to lead meaningful change. Focused on how international politics impacts both nation-states and multi-national entities, this course provides an illuminating introduction to issues like human rights, armed conflict, resource access, the environment, and economic affairs.

Why Choose This Course

  • Identify the philosophical basis for international law and its expression through and interaction with international politics.
  • Evaluate the historic logic and evidence of various theoretical frameworks used to construct international law.
  • Engage with diplomats and leaders of NGOs as you immerse yourself in critical international issues gracing the headlines of daily newspapers around the globe.
  • Explore the actors involved in international law as you debate political elements like “Compliance”, “Enforcement”, “Norms”, and “Treaties”.
  • Analyze and debate the effectiveness, influence and authority of global institutions like the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and the World Bank.
  • Conduct research and present your findings in the “International Law Debate”, where you will collaborate with colleagues to solve a contemporary issue in international law and politics.
  • Reside in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford and build a global network of peers to strengthen your career trajectory.

What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford.
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts.
  • A truly international environment – form a global network.
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme.
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate.
  • 10 exciting lectures and 10 lively discussion-based seminars.
  • Maximum 10 students per class.
  • 15+ hours tuition / week.
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers.
  • Inspirational cultural programmes, including excursions to historic UK locations.
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What you will learn

On our Politics and International Relations course, you will:

  • Identify the intersection of international law with international politics.
  • Explore the philosophical basis for international law and politics with a focus on norms and legal theory.
  • Strengthen your public speaking, debating and presenting skills.
  • Practice critical competencies required of diplomats and international leaders like empathy, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
  • Develop technical research skills to engage in the study of international law and assess emerging international political issues.
  • Gain insight into pressing modern issues like International Humanitarian Law and International Environmental Law.

Great For Students Thinking About

  • Limitations and successes of the international and global governance system in place since the late 1940’s.
  • Disrupting, reforming, or innovating the current landscape of international agencies and global governance infrastructure.
  • Power shifts in the current geo-political structure.
  • Considering advanced degrees in international law, human rights, and economic relations.
  • Pursuing careers in law, politics, diplomacy, and international relations.

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Learn from the world’s best minds

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a new discovery at the cutting edge of science? Would you like to learn what it’s like to study in an Oxford tutorial, a Cambridge supervision, or in a top British boarding school? Or explore whether university study in your favourite subject is really for you?

Whatever your motivation, our exceptional, inspiring, world-leading teachers can help you achieve more this summer. Our amazing array of talented tutors includes Oxbridge academics, Ivy League lecturers, groundbreaking medical researchers, glittering industry leaders in film and fashion, acclaimed authors, and more!

We assemble our diverse faculty from all over the world, exclusively for you, so you only learn from the very best. Every tutor will guide you on your path to future greatness.

Join exciting trips and activities

At Oxford Royale Academy, we strive to offer a summer of fun and enjoyment alongside your academic immersion.

We can help you uncover Oxford’s secrets, from the best coffee shops to the dreamiest riverside parks, from Oxford’s very own castle to must-visit shops, galleries and museums. Alongside your new friends from around the world, you will enjoy a busy extra-curricular timetable, including a sophisticated graduation ceremony and dinner, guest talks from Oxford researchers and academics, excursions offering a glimpse of Britain’s past, and much more.

Useful Information

Arrival and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

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COVID-19 Response

As members of the British Safety Council, student safety is our top priority. Our coronavirus measures go beyond the latest UK government and Public Health England guidance, and as a minimum, guarantee a number of key features.

What to Bring

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Guest Speakers

We believe that the chance to talk frankly and openly with leading figures from the worlds of culture, media, sport and academia allows our students to develop both their confidence and their analytical skills. Each of our speakers presents on a topic that they are world experts on before fielding questions from our student audience.

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