The Composition of the Formation II Program

The lectures of the Formation II program will be conducted from October to the end of August.

For each lecture, one article or book chapter will be selected, and the author of the selected work will give the courses.

Some of the lecturers in 2019-2020 Formation 2 program were:

  • Prof. Dr. Matthew Happold
  • Prof. Dr. Gentian Zyberi
  • Prof. Dr. Alejandro Chehtman
  • Dr. Valentina Azarova
  • Dr. Arnold Pronto
  • Dr. Luis Esleva
  • Dr. Olga Butkevych
  • Dr. Irina Buga
  • Dr. Themis Tzimas
  • Dr. Antal Berkes
  • Dr. Mariagiulia Giuffre
  • Dr. Timuraz Antelava
  • Dr. Vito Todeschini
  • Dr. Christine Schwobel-Patel


In the Formation II program, eight international law themes will be deeply discussed throughout the year. Those themes are;

  • Sources of International Law
  • Actors of International Law
  • Scope of Sovereignty
  • State Responsibility
  • Enforcement
  • Use of Force
  • History of International Law
  • Theory of International Law


Each theme has a maximum capacity of 20 students. A total of 20 students will be ranked on a performance-based basis.

Each week the participants will be provided with essay questions which they need to reply at least a day before the lecture.

Lectures will be conducted online with the link provided to the students through Zoom.

ICIL Formation II program has 1200 TL (Turkish Liras) tuition fees. The income of the tuition fee will be solemnly used as funding in the academic activities of the students who are successful at the end of the semester. Students who pass the diploma exam (70%) at the end of the program will receive 200 Euros contribution for their international law studies such as summer schools, winter schools abroad.


Application Requirements

  • For internal applicants successful completion of the ICIL Formation 1 program and passing the entrance exam
  • For external applicants submitting the online application form and passing the entrance exam
  • Having a sufficient level of international law background and language proficiency (English)
  • Applicants older than 30 years cannot apply for the program. The evaluation will be based on the calendar year.
  • Applicants should complete at least four semesters in their bachelor studies. Advanced bachelor students and master students are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should also successfully pass their courses on public international law.


Entrance Exam

In case there will be any quota left from ICIL Formation 1 students, the academic committee will organize a public international law exam in mid-September for external candidates.

Based on the performances during the Skype interviews, the candidates might be invited to the entrance exam.

Candidates can prepare for the exam with any public international law book. However, we strongly advise them to use books in English to not to make any terminological errors.


Expectations from the students

  • Being fully prepared for the lectures.
  • Continuity in lectures. Students are entitled to one absence in every six months on a calendar year basis. No excuses will be accepted. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule his/her time and own program.
  • Doing all compulsory reading for each week.
  • Doing additional readings in the related issue when the students selected as panel members.
  • A specific book will be determined each week. Every student is required to read the book in the given week and make a 20 mins presentation once in an academic year.
  • Active participation in classes.
  • Writing one blog post for each semester.
  • Attending lectures in a quiet environment and with sufficient internet connection.
  • A disciplined work tempo in line with teamwork and professional courtesy.
  • Each week the participants will be provided with essay questions which they need to reply at least a day before the lecture.
  • The payment of the Formation II Program Fee. (Can be paid in two installments as 500 TL per semester)


The structure of the lectures

0-30 min: Lecture (given by the author of the selected article and book)

30-60 min: Q&A, further discussion

60-70 min: Summary and Closing


Evaluation, Penalties & Rewards

A. Evaluation per Theme

There will be an exam at the end of every two themes (four exams in total).

Non-attendance and non-response to essay questions will cause to decrease in your ranking points.


Exceptional participation will be rewarded up to 5 points per session.

Any failure to do the reading before the sessions automatically results in the placement of the reserve list.

A blog post for ICIL Blog will be rewarded up to 5 points depending on the quality of the work.

In case of a more than three times absence in a semester will result in the expel of the student from the Formation II program.


B. Evaluation at the End of the Year

Students should complete at least three exams to be considered as a candidate for the diploma exam.

Up to 10 points will be given to the moot court participation depending on the quality of the involvement and perseverance.


Based on the annual ranking;

1st student will receive 700 Euros,

2nd student will receive 500 Euros,

3rd student will receive 400 Euros,

4th student will receive 300 Euros,

All the successful students receive 200 Euros for study expenses abroad.


A candidate should at least collect 100 points during the academic year. Any candidate who gets 70/100 in the program will be considered as successfully completed the program.

These awards are contingent on the result of the diploma exam. Candidates should pass the diploma exam.

After the students present his/her budget, ICIL academic committee will evaluate the expenses and finalize the budget. On this budget, the student and the committee will decide on a program abroad. For this program, ICIL will make the payment of specific expenses rather than providing money in cash. In case the financial status of the student is not enough for the participation in the designated program despite the award, ICIL would undertake providing/searching additional funding.


C. Diploma Exam

After all the evaluation, ICIL academic board will have the final say on the candidates for the diploma exam.

The diploma exam will be organized in September as two sessions, which will last one full-day.

In the morning session, there will be five questions for 3 hours. In the afternoon session, there will be four questions for 3 hours.

External academics will evaluate exams. Successful candidates will receive ICIL Formation 2 Diploma and an annex, which summarizes all the activities throughout the whole year, both in English and Turkish.