2017 Program Brochure (PDF)

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

Washington, DC: May 30 - June 23, 2017
Geneva, Switzerland: June 26 - July 14, 2017

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), and the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the United States of America 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.


  • Each year, the World Bank hosts Law, Justice and Development Week (LJD Week), a conference that draws over 1,000 participants. Attendees include:

    -General Counsels and legal staff of International Financial Institutions;
    -Partners of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development;
    -Government officials from developed and developing countries;
    -Development practitioners, lawyers and judges;
    -Legal scholars, professors and students; and,
    -Civil society representatives.

    Since 2014, the Program on International Organizations Law and Diplomacy at American University Washington College of Law has been a co-sponsor of LJD Week, and students from our Law and Development class are supporting the event. Some of these students have prepared background notes and papers for the use of attendees. These materials can be downloaded at auw.cl/climate


    We were so fortunate to be able to attend Law, Justice and Development Week through our Law and Development seminar. Not only did we get to experience the logistical side of this event and work with World Bank staff, but we attended fascinating discussions and panels on issues regarding international law, development, and climate change. My favorite experience from this week was attending a lunch panel on the "Responsibility of International Organizations: Towards a Convention," where we heard from a leading practitioner in the field of public international law on this emerging legal issue. It has been an invaluable educational and networking experience that we could not get in the classroom, and I'm glad we got to have this opportunity!


    As someone fascinated by the legal aspects of development, working with World Bank staff and participating in Law, Justice and Development Week has been a fantastic experience.  The sessions were substantive, cross-sectorial, and nicely supplemented the discussions we had in our Law and Development seminar with Professor Glasser. The best part, however, had to be the multitude of opportunities to interact with practitioners from all over the world and the chance to be a part of the conversation on law, climate change, and development.

  • Summer 2017 Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy in Washington and Geneva Info Session - click here for the video recording

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