Summer 2022 Course Schedule

Shaping International Law: the Role of the International Law Commission (Instructor Permission, Intl Travel Required) (LAW-795SN-001)
Claudio Grossman, Victoria Ernst

Meets: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM (See Description) - Warren - Room NT02

Enrolled: 11 / Limit: 22

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The course will meet in person in Washington DC June 7 & 9, a remote session in late June, followed by mandatory in person travel to Geneva July 10-22. Students must submit an application and be admitted by the professors before approved for registration. Submit a resume , cover letter and transcript to the professors directly at and Students will be responsible for meeting necessary visa, vaccination, and quarantine requirements. The University will cover travel expenses to and from Geneva, as well as accommodation in Geneva for all students selected to participate. WCL will also provide supplemental travel insurance for students traveling to Geneva. Students will need to cover the cost of tuition and their food while in Geneva. Pre-requisite: LAW-660 International Law


This unique summer course is part immersive seminar and part practical course. The course will span the summer session; beginning with two days of in-person instruction in Washington, D.C. (June 7 & 9), followed with a remote session the end of June, continuing with two weeks of intensive in-person instruction in Geneva, Switzerland from July 10-22, and concluding with one remote debriefing session. While in Geneva, students will attend in person meetings of the United Nations International Law Seminar (ILC), have the opportunity to visit other international law institutions in Geneva, and be afforded ample opportunities to network with WCL alumni and international law practitioners in Geneva. WCL Students that are selected to participate will have the unique opportunity to join selected international law students from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and the University of Chile as legal assistants to Professor Claudio Grossman, member of the ILC. Students will experience working in a multicultural legal environment with team members from different backgrounds and legal traditions. Under the guidance of Professor Grossman and Professor Victoria Ernst, students will dive deep into the work and challenges of the ILC and contribute to its work by helping to draft interventions on current ILC topics (see below). Students will also travel to Geneva for two weeks and attend sessions of the ILC at the Palais de Nations in Geneva. This is a unique opportunity to observe and participate in the multilateral process of drafting projects that will be submitted to the Sixth Committee of the United Nations. Students must have previously taken International Law to apply for this course. If desired, students can also use this course to fulfill their upper-level writing requirement by writing a paper on a topic discussed in the course. Students interested in this option should satisfy all of the requirements set by the law school and follow the directions set by the Office of the Registrar. In this case, students would need to register an additional credit of Independent Study.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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There is no required textbook for this course. All required ILC materials are available on the UN website. Additional materials will be provided in a shared Google Drive. (Class Google Drive with Readings). Links to readings are also available in the class schedule below.

First Class Readings

Required Readings:


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