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International Law Summer School Program 2020 (in Autumn)- English version: October 12-22, 2020
17، Aug 2020

The Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law is pleased to announce its Sixth International Law Summer School Program for professionals, legal researchers, post-graduates and academics in the fields of international law and human rights. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing uncertainty around international travel restrictions, the usual June/July program has been postponed and substituted with an online program during the month of October. Nonetheless, we are excited to announce this virtual school initiative, enabling international and other experts from the region to apply and participate in the program. In previous International Law Summer School programs, our program was limited to nationals from countries permitted entry by the Israeli occupying power. As this year’s program will not require physical presence, accordingly, we are excited to open the door for participants from the MENA region, in addition to the rest of the world, thereby expanding the horizon of this diverse program; bringing in human rights and legal experts from different backgrounds and locations. 

The 2020 School program will run entirely online throughout a period of two weeks; 12th – 22th October 2020, with the weekends being free of lectures. All presentations and discussions will take place in English.  An Arabic version of the program will also take place in November. 

The school aims to assist professionals in developing a coherent understanding of the legal and human rights situation in the OPT while closely studying the application of international law in the OPT. The program offers lectures by human rights professionals, civil society organizations and human rights groups on key human rights issues and trends of violations witnessed in the OPT. This year, the program will take place online and will consists of English lectures in the mornings and afternoons of the weekdays announced.  

Al-Haq[1] is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization based in Ramallah, OPT. Established in 1979, Al-Haq’s mission is to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The organization monitors and documents violations of human rights, conducts legal research; human rights education; prepares reports, studies and interventions against the violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in the OPT; and undertakes advocacy before local, regional and international bodies. 

For more information about the Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law and the International Law Schools program, watch our introductory video here.


The 10-day online program will provide sessions on various topics, including: 

  • Historical overview of the Palestinian struggle; 
  • International human rights framework applicable in the OPT;
  • International humanitarian framework applicable in the OPT;
  • Business and Human Rights in the OPT;
  • Current human rights situation and developments in the OPT;
  • International accountability mechanisms;
  • Discussions with civil society and various human rights groups and organizations.


The program is open to post-graduate students of law and related fields, legal scholars, human rights defenders and researchers. Participants that attend all sessions online will be granted a certificate of completion. 

The program can only accommodate a limited number of participants. For more information, please contact: [email protected].


Interested candidates should submit their CV (personal resume) and a cover letter explaining their knowledge of the Palestinian question and how they would best employ the knowledge from this program in their work and research. All personal resumes and cover letters need to be submitted (to:  [email protected]) no later than 13 September 2020. 

  • If you have already applied to the Summer School 2020, please, send an email confirming your interest to be part of the online program. 

Application deadline: 13 September 2020

Selection and confirmation of participation: 21 September 2020

Online program: 12 – 22nd October 2020 (morning and afternoon sessions). Applicants must ensure their full commitment and presence in the sessions. 


[1] Al-Haq has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists - Geneva, and is a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), the World Organization against Torture (OMCT), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO).