In their drive to complement their collegial learning experience at the College of Law and Public Policy (CLPP) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Juris Doctor (JD) students are encouraged to apply to international programmes and engage in a range of prestigious summer learning opportunities each year.

One student, Wafa Trad of Class of 2019, recently embarked on a three-week summer course in Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law, where she joined a series of theoretical and practical course modules including visits to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and a number of diplomatic embassies.

The academy, housed within the Peace Palace – a primary administrative building of international law that dates back to 1913 located in The Hague, the Netherlands – sports a demanding curriculum that is delivered by renowned international academic and industry experts. Its summer programme covers an extensive range of governance topics including state responsibility, cybercrime, state immunity and the role of reparations in international law. It also addresses pertinent legal research areas such as environmental law and the debate on the return of cultural objects.

The programme’s unique location at the ICJ – the arbitration centre of international law – enabled Trad to gain valuable insights into the organisation’s work. As the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN), the ICJ settles legal disputes between member states and gives advisory opinions to authorised UN organs and specialised agencies.

Trad said she was able to visit the ICJ twice in different capacities. First, as part of the academic programme, while her second visit coincided with the Order Reading in the case of Qatar vs UAE.

Since the Peace Palace summer programme began in 1923, it has attracted thousands of students from over 100 countries to the renowned centre for high-level education in public and private international law.

As a top-tier legal programme, CLPP successfully prepares students like Trad to engage in educational events where they can confidently partake in legal dialogue and seminars alongside their peers from around the globe.

As many alumni of the summer program have subsequently gone on to become well-known academics, lawyers and diplomats, Trad may soon join their ranks following her graduation from CLPP in May 2019. As part of the JD programme, Trad and her classmates represent a growing generation of thought-leaders whose academic and professional strides contribute to the collective framework of Qatar National Vision 2030.

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