2014 Program Brochure (PDF)

International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy
Summer Program in Washington and Geneva

Washington, DC: May 27 - June 20, 2014
Geneva, Switzerland: June 30 - July 18, 2014


  • We are pleased to announce a new course to be offered at our upcoming summer Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy in Washington, DC. “Introduction to International Communications Technology (ICT) Policy and Institutions: The Role of Intergovernmental Organizations” presented in partnership with the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO). Visit the courses page for details.

  • Click here for videos from our past Distinguished Speaker Series events!

  • We are accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis for the summer 2014 program in Washington and Geneva. Please look through the brochure and the additional information on courses, fees, and other details. For questions, please contact us at internationalorganizations@wcl.american.edu


Globalization and the changing architecture of global governance pose many challenges to governments and to other international actors. These challenges require scholars and practitioners to rethink the nature of global governance in contemporary international society and to find new ways of understanding multilateralism, international organizations, and rules and practices. The Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy combines legal, diplomatic, and social scientific approaches to the study of multilateralism.

The program will cover all aspects of international organizations, including political, juridical, security, economic, social, and cultural dimensions. The theory and practice of contemporary international organizations, law and diplomacy will be taught through courses, conferences, and experiential learning with international organizations in Washington and Geneva.

The summer program is open to participants from AU graduate schools, as well as to U.S. and international students from other academic institutions, officials from international organizations, and individuals working for governments or in the private sector. Successful completion of the requirements will lead to a Certificate of Completion. Matriculated AU students receive WCL academic credit; students from other universities should inquire at their home institutions about the transfer of academic credit. Participants have the option to enroll in the Washington or Geneva program and are encouraged to do both.

Visits to international organizations (such as the World Bank, IMF, and OAS in Washington) as well as substantive interaction with officials are important components of the program. The Geneva program is especially unique in that courses are hosted or have substantial activities in the headquarters of the international organizations themselves (WTO, WIPO, ILO). The program provides excellent networking opportunities as well as assistance in facilitating internships.


An ABA-approved program

For more information, contact:
Carlos Portales, Director

Marc LeBlanc, Program Coordinator