The International Law Programs will be back at the castle in 2022.  An information session was held for Queen's Law students on Friday, October 22nd and an online session will be held on Friday, November 19th at 1 pm eastern time for students at other law schools.  Potential applicants with questions or who would like the link for the online session should email Gillian at gillian.ready@queensu.ca.

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 each 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 who bring their practical experience to the classroom. The program offers many networking opportunities including a career options evening at the castle with alumni and friends of the program. Students choose 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 and academics
  • Study in small and highly interactive classes
  • Visit international courts, international organizations, law firms, and Canadian missions in London, The Hague, and Geneva (Public International Law) or London, Brussels, Paris, and Geneva (International Business Law)
  • Find out how to build a career in international law
  • Build lasting friendships and networks with your classmates, instructors, guests, and alumni
  • Be ahead of the curve, as international law is increasingly relevant in all aspects of law
  • Build your profile for future job applications
  • Complete 9 upper-year credits before 2L summer recruitment
  • Enjoy the cultural experience of living, studying, and travelling abroad
  • Use weekends to travel throughout the UK and Europe

Herstmonceux Castle

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle is situated on an historic 500-acre estate in East Sussex, U.K., two hours south-east of London. The 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.

The BISC is a close-knit community. Students enjoy weeknight social and sports programs with law and other students, and can meet friends at the castle coffee house or pub. Mini-buses provide access to local stores, restaurants, and movie theatres, as well as sightseeing destinations nearby.

Questions? Please contact the International Law Programs team:

Program Director Gillian Ready

Academic Director Ardi Imseis

Associate Academic Director Nicolas Lamp

Queen's Law - The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in Conversation with Gillian Ready