Al-Haq International Law Online Summer School Program

31 May–12 June 2021

Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law is pleased to announce its Seventh International Law Summer School for professionals, legal researchers, post-graduates and academics in the fields of international law and human rights. The 2021 program will run entirely online through ten days from 31 May12 June 2021.

The summer school aims to assist professionals in developing a coherent understanding of the legal and human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) while closely studying the application of international law in the oPt. The summer school offers lectures by human rights professionals, civil society organizations and human rights groups on key human rights issues and trends of violations witnessed in the oPt. This year the program will take place online through morning and afternoon lectures in English.

Al-Haq’s summer school is a unique opportunity for professionals interested in the Palestinian context, the history and the future of the OPT and includes virtual field visits to a diverse number of locations, giving participants the chance to see and hear first-hand accounts of violations committed by different state and non-state actors.

Al-Haq[1] is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization based in Ramallah, oPt. Established in 1979, Al-Haq’s mission is to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the oPt. The organization monitors and documents violations of human rights, conducts legal research; human rights education; prepares reports, studies and interventions against the violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in the oPt; and undertakes advocacy before local, regional and international bodies.

For more information about the Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law and the International Law Summer School, watch our introductory video here.

The ten-day online program will include sessions on various topics, including:

  • Historical overview of the Palestinian struggle;
  • International human rights framework applicable in the oPt;
  • International humanitarian framework applicable in the oPt;
  • Business and human rights in the oPt;
  • Current human rights situation and developments in the oPt;
  • The historic and ongoing displacement “Nakba” of the Palestinian people.
  • International accountability mechanisms;

The international law summer school is open to professionals and post-graduate students of law and related fields, legal scholars, human rights defenders and researchers. We encourage particularly the applicants and participation of professionals from the Arab region, from Palestinian origin and from other professionals that might have difficult or no-access to the country. The program can only accommodate a limited number of participants, it is free of charge and those participants attending all the sessions online will be granted a certificate of completion.

For more information, please contact:

Interested candidates should send their CV and a cover letter to:, no later than 9 May.

Application deadline: 9 May 2021

Selection and confirmation of participation: by 15 May 2021

Online program: 31 May–12 June 2021

[1] Al-Haq has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists - Geneva, and is a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), the World Organization against Torture (OMCT), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO).

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