The Schools

Washington College of Law has a strong reputation for international programs.

American University Washington College of Law and the War Crimes Research Office

American University Washington College of Law (WCL) was founded in 1896 by Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma M. Gillett, who established a coeducational school to ensure that women, as well as men, were given the opportunity to study law. WCL has become one of the leading law schools in the U.S. in the area of international law. It is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association. The Summer Law Program in The Hague is led by WCL’s War Crimes Research Office (WCRO), the core mandate of which is to promote the development and enforcement of international criminal and humanitarian law, primarily through the provision of specialized legal research assistance. The Office also engages in judicial training and promotes the development of practitioners in this field of law through educational activities and research opportunities.

The T.M.C. Asser Institute will serve as WCL's partner in The Hague, hosting classes, receptions and resources for program participants.

The T.M.C. Asser Institute

T.M.C. Asser Institute is a prominent research institute in international law. Through its affiliations with the University of Amsterdam and other Dutch centers of learning, the Asser Institute functions as an inter-university center of knowledge and research. The Institute’s research areas include private and public international law, European law, international commercial arbitration, and other related fields, such as international humanitarian law. An essential component of the Institute’s objectives is the development of young talent, including offering promising young lawyers the opportunity to carry out their Ph.D. research at the Institute.

In addition to producing its own research, the Institute links practitioners at the international organizations, courts and tribunals in The Hague with academic communities from the Netherlands and abroad. The Institute regularly organizes conferences, meetings, and Asser Round Table Sessions to promote and foster academic discussion. The Asser Institute also cooperates with national and foreign governments, the European Union, and law firms. It is a founding member of the Hague Academic Coalition.