2015 Program Brochure (PDF)

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

Washington, DC: May 31 - June 24, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland: June 27 - July 15, 2016

Welcome and Introduction:

The Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy (PIOLD) is designed to foreground the challenges that lawyers face in working for public, private, and nongovernmental clients in international organizations including the World Bank Group (WB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the United States of America, and the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC. PIOLD offers the same cutting edge training for lawyers interested in practicing in the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Word Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in Geneva, Switzerland. These new challenges beg for creative lawyering that can address new institutional solutions through heterodox strategies. PIOLD provides legal and soft skills for lawyers who need to navigate the changing architecture of global governance in a multicultural environment.


  • Upcoming Speaker Series Event with Chiedu Osakwe, WTO Director of the Accessions Division: “WTO Accessions and Trade Multilateralism: Case Studies and Lessons from the WTO at Twenty” - Thursday, October 15 at 10:30am in WCL 101
  • Join us for an information session on the Summer 2016 Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy in Washington and Geneva - Tuesday, November 3rd at noon in WCL 402
  • Click here for the video from our first Speaker Series Event of the semester "Labor Rights and Foreign Policy: The Role of the ILO" with Carol Pier, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor and Kari Tapiola, Special Adviser to the Director-General of the ILO
  • Click here for videos and details from our past Distinguished Speaker Series Events

  • Click here to view our Spring 2015 Email Newsletter


An ABA-approved program

For more information, contact:
Fernanda Nicola, Director
Marc LeBlanc, Coordinator