The Global Law Programs at the BISC offer students intensive and integrated academic programs in international law. Students may enroll in International Business Law or Public International Law, with enrollment limited to 25 students per program.
A wide range of distinguished instructors teach the programs with the assistance of equally distinguished visitors and guests. Participants in previous years have included a judge and senior prosecutor from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, senior Foreign Affairs Canada legal officials from Ottawa and posted in Europe, legal counsel to the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, lawyers from the London office of Clifford Chance and the Paris office of White & Case, and law professors from around the world.
Taking advantage of the BISC's location, the program includes at least one full-day trip to London and a week-long field trip to key international institutions in Europe. These visits include briefings with senior legal advisors and, where possible, senior Canadian representatives.. The field trips provide students with first-hand opportunities to meet with key officials and deepen their understanding of international law.
International Business Law
The International Business Law program is open to law students enrolled in LL.B or J.D programs in Canada and the U.S., and to international law students enrolled at universities with which Queen's is an exchange partner.
- Public International Law (LAW 540) (taken in the first two weeks of the program with students in the Public International Law program) (3 credits/36 hours)
- International Economic Law (LAW 456) (4 credits/48 hours)
- International Commercial Arbitration (LAW 613) (2 credits/24 hours)
- Clifford Chance LLP (London)
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London)
- Canadian Mission to the European Union (Brussels)
- Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Canadian Mission (Paris)
- International Chamber of Commerce, International Court of Arbitration (Paris)
- World Trade Organization and Canadian Mission (Geneva)
Public International Law
The Public International Law program is open not only to law students, but also to other qualified applicants with work or academic experience in a related field.
- Public International Law (LAW 540) (taken in the first two weeks of the program with students in the International Business Law program)(3 credits/36 hours)
- International Humanitarian Law (LAW 667) (2 credits/24 hours)
- International Human Rights Law (LAW 668) (2 credits/24 hours)
- International Criminal Law (LAW 669) (2 credits/24 hours)
- Middle Temple (London)
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London)
- International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (The Hague)
- International Criminal Court (The Hague)
- International Court of Justice (The Hague)
- Canadian Mission to the United Nations (Geneva)
- International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva)
- Human Rights Council (Geneva)
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva)
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva)
Certificate of Completion
Upon the successful completion of one of the Global Law Programs, students receive a "Certificate of Completion" in International Business Law or Public International Law from the Faculty of Law.
For further information, visit the website for Law Programs at the BISC