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  • Locations: Leuven, Belgium; The Hague, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led College/School: Law
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For information about 2021, please contact the program director.​


UGA - Law - Global Governance Summer School


Program Location: Leuven, Belgium and The Hague, Netherlands 

The program begins at the centuries-old University of Leuven, located in the beautiful city of Leuven, Belgium, a short train ride from Brussels and easily accessible to many European capitals. Students will be centrally located in this historic city that dates to 891. Leuven is the lead city in Flanders, the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium, though English is widely spoken. Home to the Stella Artois brewery, Leuven is a vibrant city with excellent restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and shopping.

The second half of the program continues in The Hague, Netherlands known informally as the judicial capital of the world. The Hague is home to many international courts including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, and more than 150 international organizations. Due to its location on the North Sea, The Hague is also home to some of the most popular seaside resorts in the Netherlands.


Academic Program

Through lectures, discussions, and group projects, students will explore global governance – how state, regional, and international legal regimes, plus individuals, corporations, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, networks, and other non-state actors, interact. A range of global challenges will be discussed, and topics may include trade and sustainable development, peace and security, trafficking and other crimes, intellectual property, the environment, human rights and the rule of law, and migration.
Instructors will include faculty from both UGA School of Law and the University of Leuven. Please note this program is not for course credit.

Program Itinerary

Please note that this itinerary is tentative and subject to change.

Saturday, June 27: Travel from Atlanta, GA to Brussels, Belgium
Sunday, June 28: Arrival in Brussels, Belgium/ travel to Leuven, Belgium
Monday, June 29: Classroom sessions in Leuven, Belgium
Tuesday, June 30: Classroom sessions in Leuven, Belgium
Wednesday, July 1: Professional development trip to Brussels, Belgium
Thursday, July 2: Classroom sessions in Leuven, Belgium
Friday, July 3: Academic conference in Brussels, Belgium
Saturday, July 4: Travel from Leuven, Belgium to The Hague, Netherlands
Sunday, July 5: Cultural activities in The Hague, Netherlands
Monday, July 6: Professional development visits to international organizations/ tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands
Tuesday, July 7: Professional development visits to international organizations/ tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands
Wednesday, July 8: Professional development visits to international organizations/ tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands
Thursday, July 9: Departure from The Hague, Netherlands to Atlanta, GA
The first five days of the program will be spent in Leuven, Belgium. Students will participate in three full days of classroom instruction, as well as two professional development trips to Brussels, including institution and law firm visits.
On day six of the program, students will journey to The Hague in the Netherlands. Here students will spend the remainder of the program visiting international legal institutions. Visits will include several international courts and tribunals headquartered in The Hague, such as the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. Cultural excursions will also be offered.



The program costs cover lodging for the duration of the trip, and transportation between Belgium and the Netherlands. Students are responsible for their own meals and incidentals. See cost of attendance sheet for estimated costs.
In Leuven, students will reside at the centrally located hotel offering access to the internet and university facilities including the libraries. In The Hague, students will reside in a hotel located adjacent to the Dutch parliament, and surrounded by restaurants, museums, and shopping.

Program Costs

See estimate Cost of Attendance Sheet at the top of the brochure page.


UGA students: The Global Governance Summer School Program is open to all students at the University of Georgia School of Law, as well as Graduate Students in Political Science or International Affairs at UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Graduate students from other related disciplines at UGA are also welcome to apply.

Domestic Non-UGA students: This program accepts applications from transient students who are degree-seeking law students and graduate students in related disciplines. To apply, transient students should complete a Non-UGA application in the StudyAway Portal and complete an application to The Graduate School at UGA. Instructions can be found here. 
International Non-UGA students: Interested students from outside the United States should apply through KU Leuven.

Practitioners: Non-degree-seeking practitioners are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please email Sarah Quinn ( for more information.


Admission Process

Admissions are rolling after the applications open in January of 2020. The deadline for all applications will be Monday, April 1, 2020, and only those marked "complete" by that time will receive a decision. Be sure to complete ALL pre-departure materials. Admission decisions will be sent via the application portal. Students will have a limited time to accept or decline an admission offer before the spot passes to another candidate. Students who accept the offer of admission must pay a non-refundable $300 deposit to confirm their place in the program and register for the non-credit SABD placeholder course (more information about this course will be made available to students who are accepted into the program). 


Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Sarah Quinn
Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation
Dean Rusk International Law Center
University of Georgia School of Law
(706) 542-5176

Program Reviews:
Summer 2019 Participant
I highly recommend the law school's Global Governance Summer School program to all students, not just those interested in international law. The experience allowed me to develop an understanding of international law and critical legal issues facing countries around the world.

This program is currently not accepting applications.