Reflecting Queen's Law's commitment to an international perspective in the study of law, the International Law Programs are integrated academic programs in international law that run in May and June. Hosted at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, U.K., this unique learning opportunity combines an 8-week intensive course of international law with field study visits to law firms, international organizations, and international courts. Instructors and guests are prominent figures in international law, and bring their practical experience to the classroom. The program offers networking opportunities, including a career options evening with alumni and friends of the program. Students choose a program stream in either International Business Law or Public International Law. 

10 Reasons to attend the International Law Programs

  • Gain a comprehensive overview of the field of international law from leading practitioners in the field
  • Visit international courts, international organizations, law firms and Canadian Missions in London, Geneva, and The Hague (Public International Law) or London, Geneva, Brussels and Paris (International Business Law)
  • Study in small and highly interactive classes
  • Build your profile for future job applications
  • Earn 9 Queen’s Law upper-year course credits, which you can use to graduate early or to do an international internship during your time in law school
  • Find out how to build a career in international law
  • Use weekends to travel throughout Europe
  • Build lasting friendships and networks with your colleagues, instructors and alumni
  • Be ahead of the curve as international law is increasingly relevant in all aspects of law
  • Enjoy the cultural experience of living, studying, and traveling abroad

Herstmonceux Castle

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle is situated on a historic 500-acre estate in East Sussex, U.K., two hours south-east of London. Herstmonceux Castle houses the educational, administrative, and dining facilities, while students live in Bader Hall, a modern three-story residence. The castle grounds feature extensive formal gardens and woodland walkways.

Castle life at the BISC is in a close-knit community. Students enjoy weeknight social programming such as karaoke or football, or can meet peers at the castle coffee house or pub. Mini-buses provide access to local stores, restaurants and movie theatres, as well as sightseeing destinations nearby.