Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

International Law Programs at the BISC

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, owned and operated by Queen's University, is situated on the historic 500-acre Herstmonceux Castle estate in East Sussex, U.K. (100 km south-east of London).  The BISC consists of Herstmonceux Castle (which houses classroom, conference, computing, library, study and dining facilities), Bader Hall (a modern three-story residence for students, faculty and guests), and extensive formal gardens and woodland walkways.




Reflecting Queen's Law's commitment to global perspective in the study of law, the International Law Programs are 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. Dalhousie Law School is a partner in the Queen's International Law Programs, and places are reserved for Dalhousie students.

Term Dates

The term is eight weeks long. Students will arrive on Friday, May 5, 2017, for orientation. Classes begin on Monday, May 8, 2017. The first four weeks of the program are spent at the BISC. The fifth week consists of a one-week field trip to the continent. This trip is followed by two more weeks of classes at the BISC and an exam period ending June 28, 2017. Students will depart from the BISC by June 30, 2017.


A wide range of distinguished instructors teach the programs with the assistance of equally distinguished academic visitors and guests. Participants in previous years have included a judge and prosecutors from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Prosecutor of the UN's Special Tribunal for Lebanon, senior Foreign Affairs Canada legal officials from Ottawa and posted in Europe, UN officials, lawyers from the London office of Clifford Chance and the Paris office of White & Case, and law professors from around the world.

Field Trips

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 at these organizations. 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 LLB or JD 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 (taken in the first two weeks of the program with students in the Public International Law program) (3 credits)
  • International Economic Law (3 credits)
  • International Commercial Law (3 credits)

Typical Field Study Destinations 

  • Clifford Chance LLP (London)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London)
  • Canadian Mission to the EU (Brussels)
  • UNCTAD (Geneva)
  • WIPO (Geneva)
  • World Trade Organization and Canadian Mission (Geneva)
  • Law Firms in Paris and Geneva
Public International Law

The Public International Law program is open not only to law students, but also to other qualified applicants, including those who may have work or academic experience in a related field. ​ 


  • Public International Law (taken in the first two weeks of the program with students in the International Business Law program) (3 credits)
  • International Protection of Human Rights and Refugees (3 credits)
  • The Law of Armed Conflict and International Crimes (3 credits)

Typical Field Study Destinations 

  • Canadian High Commission (London)
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London)
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (The Hague)
  • International Criminal Court (The Hague)
  • Special Tribunal for Lebanon (The Hague)
  • Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (The Hague)
  • Canadian Mission to the United Nations (Geneva)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva)
  • Office of The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva)

2017 Course Information

Certificate of Completion

Upon the successful completion of one of the International Law Programs, students will receive a "Certificate of Completion" in International Business Law or Public International Law from the Faculty of Law. The certificates of the students with the three highest averages in each of the programs will indicate that the students completed the programs "with First Class Honours".

LLM and the International Law Program in England

The Intarnational Law Programs in International Public Law and International Business Law are taught in the eight-week spring term in May and June at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in England. LLM students who enroll in one of the programs begin their LLM studies in early May at the Castle and complete the requirements for the LLM at Queen's in Kingston over the remainder of the summer and in the fall term, with the possibility of completion as early as the end of December.

Students study a range of courses focusing on international business law or public international law.  Graduate students attending the Castle will be required to pay the International Law Programs fee for the first two months of their LLM studies. This fee includes tuition, accommodation, meals, and field trips in Europe (but not airfare). After completing the spring term at the Castle, the monthly cost of tuition and other fees at Queen's in Kingston will be the same as for other graduate students. LLM students who attend the Castle are eligible for the same scholarships as other LLM students, and in addition will be eligible to apply for Bader International Study Centre bursaries awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need to assist with the Castle fees.

Students who wish to attend one of the International Law Programs as part of their LLM studies must submit their application for admission to the LLM program by November 15, indicating clearly a wish to be considered for one of the International Law Programs. Space is limited and admission is on the basis of academic merit.