The CBL International Law programme at Oriel College Oxford is a 2 to 10 week academic summer programme giving students the opportunity to study abroad in Oxford (UK).

This outstanding summer school offers delegates to participate in seminars and tutorials to learn more about International Business Law, International Taxation, Intellectual Property Rights, UK Contract Law, European Business Law, and other cutting-edge law disciplines.

Additionally participates can attend optional PPE courses, which are a great combination of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

With other fantastic programmes taking place over the summer in Cambridge (UK) and at Ivy League institutions in the USA, delegates can even combine other geographical locations in one academic summer programme.

About This Programme

Length You can attend for 2, 4, 6, 8, or even 10 weeks.
Available Dates Spring Session: 18 March – 31 March 2018

Summer Session 1: 01 July – 14 July 2018
Summer Session 2: 15 July – 28 July 2018
Summer Session 3: 29 July – 11 August 2018
Summer Session 4: 12 August – 25 August 2018
Summer Session 5: 26 August – 08 September 2018

Lectures, Exams & Credits Delegates will participate in one course per week.

An assignment will be given during each course (one examination per week). Course examination results will be listed in your official academic transcript. Workload of Summer Institute at Oriel College Oxford is designed to be equivalent to:

– 4-6 ECTS (2-3 US credits) per two-week session
– 8-12 ECTS (4-6 US credits) per four-week session

Oriel College (University of Oxford, UK) will award for each delegate who successfully graduates from the programme with a Certificate of Attendance and Achievement and an Academic Transcript.

The Academic Transcript will also be presented and will contain the following information:

– Courses attended and chosen lecture track
– Results of the weekly examinations
– Workload of each course

Accommodation Single dormitory room with shared bathroom, includes daily breakfast.

If you would like lunch and dinner provided for you, there is an additional charge of 420 GBP.

Fees Please see our fees & tuition.
Prerequisites This is an open enrolment course, we recommend applicants to have prior knowledge or strong interest in the subject/course they are enrolling in.
In addition to lectures given, this course also includes various extra-curricular activities such as social events & leisure activities, visits to businesses and institutions in London, and excursions to famous places and historical landmarks. Learn more about Programme Information.


Course Details

  • Spring Timetable
  • Summer Timetable
  • Overview
  • Course Description
  • Faculty
Our Spring session runs from 18 March – 31 March 2018. To find out more, view the sample schedules below:

* Academic Programme Particulars: Each session is comprised of two weeks of tuition.
* Delegates are welcome to participate in multiple sessions. Each week, students will participate in a course of their choice in their preferred track.
* Each track offers courses in one academic discipline.
* It is possible for delegates to choose a course that is not in their track.
* As the beginning of the programme nears, enrolled delegates will be asked to select their courses.
* Delegates will be assigned to courses, subject to availability. While we are able to allocate most students to their preferred courses, on some occasions students will be allocated their second choice.
* Delegates are welcome to extend their stay by participanting in multiple sessions either in Oxford or our sister-programme Cambridge Summer Institute at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

For a typical week at Summer Institute, please click here.

Below is a draft schedule for Summer Institute at Oriel College (click to enlarge)

*Disclaimer* Changes to the course description, topics, programme structure, and schedules may occur due to the availability of faculty members at the actual time of the programme.

international-relationsOxford Law programme gives students and young professionals from all over the world the exceptional opportunity to study abroad in Oxford (UK). Our summer programme in England focuses on the various cutting-edge topics of International Business Law, International Economics, Legal and Business English, as well as Political and Economic Philosophy.

All courses are taught by members of the University of Oxford (UK) or University of Cambridge (UK). Some courses offered will be also given by representatives of companies and institutions or professors and lecturers from other universities closely linked to Oxford or Cambridge.

As OSI is offering also study abroad programmes in Cambridge you can even combine Oxford and Cambridge in your individual summer programme.

International Taxation

The course on International Taxation will introduce participants with the key concepts in taxation bringing an in-depth understanding of tax laws affecting international business and individuals. This course will also focus in taking a look at the benefits and risks of cross-border transactions.

European Business and Economic Law

During this course, participants will study 3 of the most important aspects of European Law. First students will study European Institutions and Economic Law, where they will focus on creating a clear picture of how the European Union (EU) works, federalism and corporate law in the EU, Regulatory Competition, and Federal Law making. Second, participants will study more in depth European Corporate Law and the coordination of domestic laws in order to minimize conflicting burdens for cross-border establishment, finally participants will study European Competition Law focusing on the understanding of the core concepts of competition in the market economy system within the European Union.

EU Competition Law

This course is going to discuss the following: Competition Law and the Internal Market, The Complementary Role of Competition Law, Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Enforcement of EU Competition Law, etc.

EU Corporate Law

The course in European Corporate Law describes the influence of the law of the European Union on the company law of the Member States. An overview of the law of the internal market is followed by an analysis of the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the freedom of establishment for legal persons (corporations) under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (formerly the EC Treaty), including the question of ‘golden shares’. We shall then look at the most important Directives for the harmonisation of national company law, before turning to the Societas Europaea as a specifically European, cross-border company form. 

Legal Theory

This course has been design with the objective to provide students with various insights aspects of international business law systems that govern international trade and commerce. Legal Theory focuses on the function of the rule of law in Common law theory as well as to consider law in a practical manner, this lectures focuses on the nature and importance of rules in legal systems and surveys some of the main difficulties associated with the implementation of laws, rules, and regulations, while Intellectual Property Rights will provide an overview of the international legal framework for the protection of intellectual property, enabling the participants to obtain an understanding of the operations of intellectual property rights in international trade.

Intellectual Property Rights

The course in Intellectual Property Law aims to give students a general overview of the three main regimes of IP: copyright, patents and trademarks. This will include discussions on the justifications of intellectual property; the requirements necessary to garner protection for literary or artistic works, inventions and brand logos; the infringement of these various rights; and the remedies available once. The course will involve lectures, case studies and interactive discussions.

United Kingdom Corporate & Contract Law

Contract Law in the UK is an important area of legal study due to the influences of the British Empire. It is a common law subject and as such is governed by the principles of precedent through case law. Contract law concerns the regulation of agreements, in particular for goods and services. Problems arise especially in relation to enforcement of agreements. With the largest financial district in London, UK contract law is of global relevance for legal students in its relevance for mergers and acquisitions from the Anglo-American business world to business transactions in Hong Kong. This course will cover the key aspects of: agreement; consideration, intention, mistake, misrepresentation and duress. These core aspects permeate throughout other legal subjects.

International Criminal Law

This course covers the major areas of general international law and more specifically international criminal law. The lectures cover topics on the nature and sources of international law, the law of treaties, international legal personality, jurisdiction and immunities, the use of force and the procedures for peaceful settlement of disputes, law of armed conflicts, the nature of international crime, international criminal tribunals and international criminal procedure. The consideration of these subject areas takes place within their broader policy context and having regard to recent experience.

International Trade and Maritime Law

International Trade Law regulates global trade activity in goods and services, issues of intellectual property, and Foreign Direct Investment, to name a few. International trade intertwines with issues of state aid, dumping, international development and human rights. Its reach is global as it affects trade volume and sets a level playing field for countries and corporations alike. In doing so, the World Trade Organization is the designated body that administers existing trade agreements, facilitates the conclusion of new ones, and promotes the amicable settlement of disputes. The sea constitutes two-thirds of the entire planet and is of fundamental importance to human activity, sustaining life, providing commerce and navigational routes and a substantial proportion of our natural resources.

UK Tort Law

The study of Tort Law presents delegates with an introduction to a variety of legal concepts that have extreme relevance in our everyday lives. The course will present a variety of specific liability regimes, including employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, liability for pure psychiatric illness and pure economic loss. In addition to this, the course will introduce concepts such as defamation, trespass to the person and the land-based tort of nuisance including examples of authentic cases.

International & UK Banking Law and EU Financial Regulations Reform

The banking industry has recently gone through massive changes, which have changed its structure, the way it operates and the very nature of what was thought to be a stable yet dynamic environment. The systemic nature of the banking sector gives rise to challenges that need expertise in both law and finance in order to be effectively and successfully addressed. The programme is designed to be both theoretical and practical using case studies, which will enable students to understand the issues that the banking sector faces and provide solutions whilst ensuring the successful and profitable operation and development of the sector.

Business & Legal English

This course will focus on the reading, writing, and listening skills of the English language in a business context. By being able to understand and use the business language, participants have the possibility to further their careers in both their quality of work and build relationships among colleagues and clients.

Delegates will develop the ability to communicate on an international level using precise and correct legal language. Upon completion of the course, participants will improve their confidence in explaining points of law, enhance their drafting and editing skills, and ultimately represent their organisation in a more effective manner.


stefanProfessor Stefan Enchelmaier
Professor of European and Comparative Law
Lincoln College, University of Oxford (UK)

Professor Enchelmaier studied law, philosophy, and Latin at the Universities of Cologne, Hamburg, and Edinburgh; obtained his doctorate from the University of Bonn with a thesis on European competition law, and his habilitation from the University of Munich with a thesis on comparative Anglo-German personal property law. After a stint in practice, he held posts in Oxford (1997-2003); Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich (2003-2008); and York (2008-2013). His research interests are in comparative corporate insolvency, comparative company law, and European Union economic law. He is involved in the teaching of company and corporate insolvency law, European Union law, Roman law, and contract law.


abbasiDr Zubair Abbasi
Faculty of Law
University of Oxford (UK)

Zubair Abbasi is analysing the relationship between law and economic development with special reference to the development of business organisations. His research is based on the economic analysis of the history of English Law and Islamic Law. His primary areas of interest are law and development, comparative corporate governance, company law, financial crimes, jurisprudence, land law, trusts, Islamic law and legal history.


hawkinsEmeritus Professor Keith Hawkins
Fellow of Oriel College
University of Oxford (UK)

Keith Hawkins (LL.B Birm., Dipl Criminol., MA, PhD Cantab.) retired from active teaching in October 2006. His research interests are in the sociology of legal processes, and are concerned with legal decision making and the workings of governmental regulation in such areas as environmental control, and occupational health and safety regulations.


pitkethlyDr Robert Pitkethley
St. Peter’s College
Faculty of Law, University of Oxford (UK)

Dr Robert Pitkethly, MBA INSEAD, MA DPhil Oxf, MSc Stirling, teaches on the 1st year Introduction to Management course as well as teaching Strategic Management and Management of Intellectual Property.

He has been a visiting fellow at the Institute of Intellectual Property and the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy in Tokyo and a research fellow of Cambridge University’s Judge Institute of Management Studies where he carried out research into the acquisition of UK companies by foreign companies. He has worked both as a Patent Attorney and as a Management Consultant with a wide range of industries. His current research interests bridge the fields of strategic management and intellectual property and include managerial aspects of intellectual property policy.

jasiniRudina Jasini
Centre for Criminology
University of Oxford

Rudina Jasini read for a DPhil in Law. She succesfully defended her doctoral thesis on 5 November 2015. Her doctoral research centres on the participation of victims of gross violations of human rights as civil parties in international criminal proceedings, and is supervised by Professor Carolyn Hoyle. In the course of her DPhil, Rudina has pursued a Visiting Researcher programme both at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (2012) and at Harvard Law School (2013). Rudina has taught tutorials in Public International Law and International Criminal Law at New College and Christ Church at Oxford University. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards and the author of several peer-reviewed articles on international justice. She has presented her work at various conferences and symposiums, including at the University of Cambridge, Harvard Law School, Columbia University, New York University, The New School, the 14th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology in The Hague, as well as on a range of other occasions. In April 2015, Rudina was selected as member on the ILA International Committee on Complementarity in International Criminal Law.


marionMarion Vannier
Doctoral Candidate
Centre for Criminology
University of Oxford, UK

Marion is a D.Phil candidate in criminology at the Centre for Criminology, Oxford. In 2014, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California- Berkeley. Marion holds a joint LL.B from King’s College, London and Paris I, La Sorbonne, an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center, and an M.Sc from the University of Oxford. Prior to starting her D.Phil, Marion passed the New York and Paris bars and worked at Linklaters LLP and White & Case LLP on various areas of international law. She then joined a defence team before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (located in Tanzania). Upon her return to France, Marion was appointed advisory judge (juge assesseur) by the UNHCR before the French Asylum appeals court (Cour Nationale de Droit d’Asile).


theodorakisDr Nikolaos Theodorakis
Tutor and Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Oxford

Nikolaos Theodorakis is a Lecturer at the Oxford University Foreign Service Programme, Junior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Kellogg College. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge where he focused on issues of Corporate Compliance, Liability and Regulation. He holds degrees from the University of Athens (LL.B.), University of Cambridge (M.Phil.) and University College London (LL.M.). His research agenda currently spans across three pillars: different forms of Financial Crime and how they intertwine with International Development; effective regulatory regimes for banking institutions and corporations; and relevant compliance strategies pertaining to International Trade and Competition Law.


catherineDr Catherine MacKenzie
Faculty of Law
University of Cambridge (UK)

Dr Mackenzie is a University Lecturer in International Environmental Law at the University of Cambridge. She is also an Academic Fellow of the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple. A member of the Bar of England and Wales and Australia, she has practised law in UK, Hong Kong and Australia and been employed by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and United Nations. Her research focuses the relationship between international law and environmental protection and she has particular interests in international forest law, climate change obligations, and the implementation and enforcement of environmental obligations by international courts and tribunals. She coordinates the Cambridge MPhil and LLM paper in International Environmental Law, supervises PhD research, and lectures on the Masters in Sustainability Leadership.


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