Students in the International Law Programs are expected to sign and adhere to the Queen’s University Student Code of Conduct and are subject to the academic and non-academic disciplinary authority of the Faculty of Law and Queen’s University.  Details about some of the applicable non-academic and academic policies can be found below.

Non-Academic Policies

Students should ensure they are familiar with the relevant Queen’s University policies, including the Student Code of Conduct and the policies with respect to sexual violence and harassment and discrimination, which can be found here:

•    Student Code of Conduct
•    Queen's Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Response Policy 
•    Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen's University Students

All students are required to attend an orientation session that examines their obligations under the Student Code of Conduct and the potential consequences of any infractions. A student about whom an allegation of misconduct is made can be suspended from the program while the matter is investigated. If sanctions for misconduct are imposed against a visiting student, Queen’s can provide information about the conduct and the sanction to their home university.

Academic Policies

March 2021

The International Law Programs (ILP) in International Business Law (IBL) and Public International Law (PIL) are offered each May and June by the Queen’s University Faculty of Law.


1. The ILP are open to students in good standing who have completed at least one year in a JD, LLB or equivalent law program at an accredited Canadian or American university or a university with which Queen's is an exchange partner. Other applicants with a suitable academic or professional background in a related area may be admitted at the discretion of the Academic Director.

2. Applicants must provide a transcript showing results in any completed law school courses. Applicants, depending on their circumstances, may also be asked to provide other transcripts, a letter of permission, academic references, and/or proof of fluency in English.


Courses in the IBL program:

Law 673 Introduction to International Business Law (3 credits)
Law 454 International Economic Law (3 credits)
Law 666 International Commercial Law (3 credits)

Courses in the PIL program:

Law 670 Introduction to International Law and Institutions (3 credits)  
Law 664 The Law of Armed Conflict and International Crimes (3 credits)
Law 665 International Protection of Human Rights and Refugees (3 credits)

3. Students must enroll in all three of the IBL or PIL courses in a single year except with permission of the Academic Director and may not take in a single year a combination of courses from the two programs.

4. Law 670 and Law 673 are taken in the first two weeks of the ILP, and portions of those courses may be taught jointly. 

5. Law 673 is a prerequisite for Law 454 and Law 666 and Law 670 is a prerequisite for Law 664 and Law 665, except with permission of the Academic Director. There are no other prerequisites for the ILP courses.

6. Students may enrol in any of the ILP courses after taking any upper-year JD courses at Queen’s and may take any JD courses at Queen’s after completing any of the ILP courses. 

7. Students who have completed the IBL or PIL program may apply to enrol in the other program in a subsequent year, except that students may only receive credit for both Law 670 and Law 673 with permission of the Academic Director

Academic Credit

8. Queen’s JD students must complete a minimum of 59 upper-year credits and usually do so with 14-17 credits in each of four terms. Students may not use ILP credits to reduce to part-time status but may seek permission from the Faculty to take 12 or 13 credits as a full-time load in 1 or more upper-year terms.  Students enrolled in fewer than 14 credits are ineligible for certain honours and awards.

Grading Policies and Accommodations

9. Faculty of Law academic policies, including those with respect to anonymous grading, the grading system, mandatory grading, and course prizes, apply with any necessary modifications to the ILP.

10. The Faculty of Law’s Academic Standing and Policies Committee determines issues in the ILP such as accommodations, late course drops, examination deferrals, and special or supplemental examination privileges.

11. Extensions for the submission of written coursework during the period of the ILP may be granted by an instructor after consultation with the Academic Director. Longer extension requests must be referred to the Academic Standing and Policies Committee.

Certificates of Completion

12. Students who successfully complete all courses in the IBL or PIL program are awarded a Certificate of Completion. The certificates of the students with the three highest averages in each of the programs each year will indicate that the students completed their program "With Merit".