International & English Law

The International & English 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 offer delegates the chance 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), delegates can 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 Summer Session 1: 07 July – 20 July 2019
Summer Session 2: 21 July – 03 August 2019
Summer Session 3: 04 August – 17 August 2019
Summer Session 4: 18 August – 31 August 2019
Summer Session 5: 01 September – 14 September 2019
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:

– 6 ECTS (3 US credits) per two-week session
– 12 ECTS (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

Full Board Accommodation Single dormitory room with shared bathroom. Single ensuite room is available for additional 250 GBP each session.

The accommodation fee includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday. On weekends only breakfast will be served.

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, and excursions to famous places and historical landmarks. Learn more about Programme Information.


Course Details

  • Summer Timetable
  • Overview
  • Course Description
  • Faculty
* 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-relationsThis unique 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 also be 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.

1. European Business Law

This course will introduce the main concepts in European law and European Business Law giving students a better understanding of the European Legal System.

a. European Business and Economic Law: This lecture series discusses how the European Union (EU) works: the federal structure of the EU, regulatory competition and federal law making including an overview of the European institutions.

b. European Corporate Law: This course discusses the European corporate law and the coordination of domestic laws in order to minimise conflicting burdens for cross-border establishment of corporation. It also gives insights of the various options for European corporate structures and discusses the SA as the latest version of a European corporate structure for multinational companies.

c. European Competition Law: These lectures are designed to allow general understanding of the core economic concepts of competition in the market economy system within the European Union (EU). As competition law is always connected to consumer protection this important aspect of European law is also covered as part of this lecture series.

International Business Law

This course gives an insight into selected aspects of legal theory and international business law relevant for running corporations with regards to international trade and commerce.

a. Legal Theory: In this lecture series, students gain an in-depth knowledge of the functions of the rule of law in Common law jurisdictions, as well as to consider law in a practical manner. These lectures analyse the nature and importance of rules in legal systems and examine some of the main difficulties associated with the implementation of laws, rules, and regulations.

b. Intellectual Property Rights: This course will provide an overview of the international legal framework of the protection of intellectual property, enabling the participants to obtain an understanding of the operation of intellectual property rights in international trade. It will also focus on the aspect of management of IP Rights within multinational corporations.

c. International Trade and Maritime Law: This course will examine all the pressing issues of International Trade Law, and will shed light on the emerging trends and challenges in the field. It will offer a comprehensive overview of International Economic Law and explore all the surrounding aspects of trade. Class activities, case law, success stories, and moot court activities will compliment each lecture. Upon completion of this course, students should expect to have a sound and thorough understanding of international trade law irrespective of their academic background. 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. Taking into account the need to regulate such a wide range of sea-related transactions, this course will provide delegates with an understanding of shipping law, maritime law, international trade, and law of the sea.

3. International Criminal Law

Issues of international law and international justice are at the forefront of public debates to a greater degree than ever before. International law provides the intellectual and the technical underpinnings to large areas of international cooperation, including the:

  • Prosecution of war crimes (both internationally and nationally);
  • Legality of the use of force against States (e.g. Libya and Iraq);
  • Scope of human rights protection (e.g. the ‘war on terrorism’);
  • International crimes and international criminal tribunal.

4. United Kingdom Criminal Law

This module will explore a number of aspects of the criminal law system in the United Kingdom; from the elements of criminal law, discussing cases and the court system, to practising advocacy skills and debating the prevalence of miscarriages of justice. The course will encourage you to question the system whilst also learning how to work within it.

a. UK Criminal Law: This course will focus on looking at cases from a practical perspective and applying principles of precedence, common law and legislation to hypothetical situations. Topics may include the law on homicide, offences against the person, theft, fraud and sexual offences as well as proposals to reform these areas.

b. Evidence and the Criminal Process – Miscarriages of Justice: This course will build on the former, delivering a more theoretical perspective to criminal law. Topics may include miscarriages of justice, presentation of evidence and sentencing issues regarding policy as well as proposals of reform to current legal practice.

5. United Kingdom Corporate and Contract Law

This course will provide delegates with important legal aspects of international mergers and acquisitions. As many international contacts are governed by UK, Hong Kong law, or US it is important for student to learn about these aspects of common law. Additionally, students will be introduced to the concept of contracts and how British law may govern these.

6. Jurisprudence

This course will investigate the philosophical theory of law to better understand the social science of law, of legal reasoning, legal systems, and of legal institutions. The course will touch on natural law and normative jurisprudence, but focus primarily on analytic jurisprudence; contrasting legal positivism and legal realism. The course will aim to provide varied schools of thought on how to answer the age-old question, ‘what is law, and what should it be?’.

7. International Tax Law

This course deals with the key issues of international tax. It provides a concise, yet comprehensive, introduction to international taxation and offers an in-depth coverage of some selected topics such as harmful tax competition and the exchange of information. UK tax law is used to explain basic tax principles and concepts generally relevant to national tax systems. While using the example of UK tax provisions as a starting point, this course covers a wide variety of domestic, international and EU-related tax issues. Course studies of companies such as Starbucks, Google and Amazon will be explored.

8. Medical Law and Ethics

This course provides an introduction to important topics in UK medical law including consent, negligence, reproductive medicine and end-of-life decision-making. It will also consider ethical issues raised by each of these areas, and evaluate whether the law currently takes the correct approach to them, or whether the law ought to be reformed. Delegates will engage in discussion and debate on the ethical problems that arise, and how the law ought best to accommodation these.

9. Tort Law

This course gives an introduction to the law of Tort in England and Wales. It will cover: negligence (including occupiers liability, pure economic loss and psychiatric injury), nuisance, defamation, defences, and vicarious liability.

The course will be taught through a series of four seminars. In each seminar, the lecturer will begin by setting out the legal position and how the law applies in particular situations. We will go through the basic law and some complexities, as well as areas of debate. The law will be explained before moving to groups discussion of how the law works and some practical application, as well as critical evaluation.

10. Critical Thinking

Students will learn how to identify and critique implicit claims in academic and journalistic writing, what characterises weak arguments and how to formulate strong ones, as well as how to interrogate visual arguments in video or photographic media. Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. Common topics include: understanding the logical connections between ideas, solving problems systematically, evaluating arguments, identifying mistakes in and the relevance of reasoning. Critical thinking should not be confused with being argumentative or critical of other people. Critical thinking allows us to acquire knowledge, improve our theories, and strengthen arguments. This has great importance in the context of enhancing work processes and improving social institutions.

11. Intercultural Communication

This course will look at key academic and practical topics involved in intercultural communication. Drawing on the fields of literary studies, linguistics, anthropology, ethnography, and cultural studies, delegates will analyse topics including, ‘Communicating between cultures’, ‘Translation’, ‘Verbal and Non-verbal Communication’, and ‘Cultures and Concepts’.

12. Research Methodology and Academic Writing

Students will acquire practical skills, including how to interpret essay questions, how to structure and reference an academic essay, as well as how to write with clarity, brevity and maximum impact. Significantly, delegates will acquire academic guidance on how to productively conduct research for an academic or professional essay/thesis/dissertation/report.

13. Business and Legal Communication

This course is designed to develop an individual’s confidence and ability to use English within a professional environment. Covering topics such as negotiation, business presentations, client communication, and self-communication, this course is an excellent preparation for future experience in the business or legal sectors of an English-speaking environment both with clients and about 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 will be able to further their career in both their work quality and building relationships among colleagues and clients. This course will provide delegates 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.


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