International Law Formation Program (ILFP) is an intense educational program that provides comprehensive knowledge of the principles, regulations, and subjects of International Law.

The Formation Program is a two-years long educational program that aims to promote International Law in Turkey. The first year of the ILFP provides the students with general knowledge of International Law, while the second year aims to help them find their area of interest and improve their academic skills.

ILFP accepts 20-30 students every year from a number of Turkish universities and around 10 students graduate annually from the Formation Program.

Why apply to International Law Formation Program?

  • The program is a unique opportunity in its area of expertise for Turkish law students with its enriching curriculum and unique networking opportunities.
  • Students can obtain comprehensive knowledge in the field of International Law and become familiar with its branches. They also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in specific areas, depending on their interests and motivation throughout the ILFP.
  • All participants enjoy academic support from ICIL throughout the Formation Program and are encouraged to participate in international legal programs such as summer and winter schools and moot courts to broaden their perspective.
  • Studies take place on online platforms to enable maximum participation from different universities.
  • The modus operandi enables ICIL to host various distinguished academics and other legal professionals from all over the world during the second year of the ILFP.
  • Students can participate in other programs organized by ICIL, such as Winter and Summer Academies of International Law, with a special discount that applies to members of ICIL. The academies, which take place in Istanbul, are forums for students to deepen their knowledge and meet with new peers and internationally renowned scholars and legal practitioners. For more information, please check WAIL Page and SAIL Page.

First Year

The first year of the International Law Formation Program aims to provide the students with knowledge of International Law. The program spans for two-semester between October to May and consists of weekly lectures as well as periodic evaluation.

Throughout the first year, ICIL encourages and supports the students to participate in academic events such as winter and summer schools as well as moot courts.

After the successful completion of the first year, the students will have a general understanding of the main issues of International Law. Successful participants will be delegated to the second year of the ILFP.

Eligibility Criteria: Being enrolled in an LL.B. program in a Turkish university (non-Turkish students are eligible as well). Turkish students who are enrolled in a law degree in another country are encouraged to apply as well. Exceptionally, after an examination of their curricula and in view of their motivation, candidates who are not enrolled in a law degree may also be admitted.

Language: English

Application Fee: No application fee is applicable.

Tuition Fee: Free

Location: Online

Application Period: April – August (rolling basis)

Application Procedure: Please fill in the electronic application form on the button below. All applications are subject to an initial assessment of eligibility. The admission team will contact the eligible applicants via an e-mail for an online interview. The final results for the applications will be delivered via e-mail as well.

Evaluation Criteria: All applications will be assessed in accordance with the quality of their application (see application form) and the result of the online interview.

For inquiries, please contact admission@icil.org.tr.

Second Year

The second year of the International Law Formation Program aims to encourage the students to further explore International Law, help them find their area of interest, and improve their academic skills in general.

ICIL hosts a number of international scholars throughout the second year of the ILFP and enables students to debate upon specific issues of International Law with the scholars in each lecture. Every lecture is based on an academic work of the respective scholar, and students can discuss the contemporary topics of International Law with experts.

After the successful completion of the second year, the students will have a general understanding of the contemporary issues of International Law and will be able to examine the controversial topics of International Law by themselves.

The successful students of the 2-years Formation Program get awarded with a certificate of participation. See the graduates of the International Law Formation Program.

Eligibility Criteria: Students who successfully completed the first year will automatically be delegated to the second year. Advanced undergraduate, or LL.M. students, legal practitioners, and other professionals with relevant experience and interest may be admitted externally.

Language: English

Application Fee: No application fee is applicable. (Admitted students must pay the tuition fee prior to the conduct of the studies.)

Tuition Fee: ₺1200 (Limited financial assistance is available for the students facing financial hardships. Successful completion of the program will make students eligible for ILFP-funded partial scholarships in certain international academic programs.)

Location: Online

Application Period: April – August

Evaluation Criteria: External applications will be assessed in accordance with the quality of their application (see application form) and the result of the online interview.

For inquiries, please contact admission@icil.org.tr.

Second Year Lecturers

International Law Formation Program – II hosted:

in 2019-2020:

  • Irina Buga (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek)

Topic: “Modification of Treaties by Subsequent Practice”

  • Valentina Azarova (Manchester International Law Centre, University of Manchester)

Topic: “Adjudicators, Guardians and Enforcers: Taking the Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Customary International Law-Making Seriously”

  • Olga Butkevych (Institute of International Relations, KNU)

Topic: “The Operation of International Treaties and Contracts in the Event of Armed Conflict”

  • Antal Berkes (Brunel University London)

Topic: “Human Rights Obligation of the Territorial State in Areas Beyond Its Effective Control”

  • Mariagiulia Giuffré (Edge Hill University)

Topic: “Rescue at Sea & State Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations Toward Migrants”

  • Teimuraz Antelava (Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation)

Topic: “Immunity of the International Organizations and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations”

  • Matthew Happold (University of Luxemburg)

Topic: “Targeted Sanctions & Human Rights”

  • Gentian Zyberi (University of Oslo)

Topic: “The Interpretation and Development of International Human Rights Law by the International Court of Justice”

  • Themis Tzimas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Topic: “Self-Defense against Non-State Actors”

  • Alejandro Chehtman (Torcuato di Tella University)

Topic: “Revisionist Just War Theory and the Concept of War Crimes”

  • Luis Eslava (University of Kent)

Topic: “Istanbul Vignettes: Observing the Everyday Operation of International Law”

  • Christine Schwobel-Patel (University of Warwick)

Topic: “Populism, International Law and the End of Keep Calm and Carry on Lawyering”

in 2021-2022:

  • Agata Kleczkowska, PhD

Topic: “Use of Force in Cases of Secession”

  • Prof. Vladyslav Lanovoy (Laval University)

Topic: “Use of Force by Non-State Actors and the Limits of Attribution of Conduct”

in 2020-2021:

  • Irina Buga (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek)

Topic: “The Subsequent Practice and Treaty Modification”

  • Jed Odermatt (The City Law School, University of London)

Topic: “The Development of Customary International Law by International Organizations”

  • Serena Forlati (University of Ferrara)

Topic: “The Relationship between the Law of Treaties and the Law of International Responsibility”

  • Christina Binder (University of Vienna)

Topic: “Stability and Change in Times of Fragmentation: The Limits of Pacta Sunt Servanda Revisited”

  • Francesca Capone (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)

Topic: “The Alleged Tension between the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and State Sovereignty: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’?”

  • Fabian Augusto Cardenas Castañeda (University of Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano)

Topic: “A Call for Rethinking the Sources of International Law: Soft Law and the Other Side of the Coin”

  • Antal Berkes (Brunel University London)

Topic: “The League of Nations and the International Law of State Responsibility”

  • Oleksandr Merezhko (Committee of the Foreign Affairs and Interparliamentary Relations of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine)

Topic: “The Mystery of the State and Sovereignty in International Law”

  • Peter Margulies (Roger Williams University)

Topic: “Sovereignty and Cyber Attacks: Technology’s Challenge to the Law of State Responsibility”

  • Alex Ansong (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration)

Topic: “The Concept of Sovereign Equality of States in International Law”

  • Valentina Azarova (Manchester International Law Centre, University of Manchester)

Topic: “The Secret Life of Non-Recognition: EU-Israel Relations and the Obligation of Non-Recognition in International Law”

  • Ardi Imseis (Queen’s University)

Topic: “Negotiating the Illegal: On the United Nations and the Illegal Occupation of Palestine, 1967–2020”

  • Prof. Mariagiulia Giuffré (Edge Hill University)

Topic: “Readmission, Informalization and Refugees’ Access to Protection in Europe”

  • Laura Visser, Ph.D. Candidate (Maastricht University)

Topic: “Intervention by Invitation and Collective Self-defence: Two Sides of the Same Coin?”

  • Themis Tzimas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Topic: “Self-Defense by Non-State Actors in States of Fragmented Authority”

  • Rossana Deplano (University of Leicester)

Topic: “Building Pragmatic Utopias: The ‘Other’ Security Council, International Law and the United Nations Dream”

  • Lauri Mälksoo (University of Tartu)

Topic: “Civilizational Diversity as Challenge to the (False) Universality of International Law”

  • Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (International Court of Justice)

Topic: “Engaging with International Law”

International Law Formation Program – II hosted:

in 2019-2020:

  • Irina Buga (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek)

Topic: “Modification of Treaties by Subsequent Practice”

  • Valentina Azarova (Manchester International Law Centre, University of Manchester)

Topic: “Adjudicators, Guardians and Enforcers: Taking the Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Customary International Law-Making Seriously”

  • Olga Butkevych (Institute of International Relations, KNU)

Topic: “The Operation of International Treaties and Contracts in the Event of Armed Conflict”

  • Antal Berkes (Brunel University London)

Topic: “Human Rights Obligation of the Territorial State in Areas Beyond Its Effective Control”

  • Mariagiulia Giuffré (Edge Hill University)

Topic: “Rescue at Sea & State Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations Toward Migrants”

  • Teimuraz Antelava (Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation)

Topic: “Immunity of the International Organizations and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations”

  • Matthew Happold (University of Luxemburg)

Topic: “Targeted Sanctions & Human Rights”

  • Gentian Zyberi (University of Oslo)

Topic: “The Interpretation and Development of International Human Rights Law by the International Court of Justice”

  • Themis Tzimas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Topic: “Self-Defense against Non-State Actors”

  • Alejandro Chehtman (Torcuato di Tella University)

Topic: “Revisionist Just War Theory and the Concept of War Crimes”

  • Luis Eslava (University of Kent)

Topic: “Istanbul Vignettes: Observing the Everyday Operation of International Law”

  • Christine Schwobel-Patel (University of Warwick)

Topic: “Populism, International Law and the End of Keep Calm and Carry on Lawyering”

 

in 2020-2021:

  • Irina Buga (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek)

Topic: “The Subsequent Practice and Treaty Modification”

  • Jed Odermatt (The City Law School, University of London)

Topic: “The Development of Customary International Law by International Organizations”

  • Serena Forlati (University of Ferrara)

Topic: “The Relationship between the Law of Treaties and the Law of International Responsibility”

  • Christina Binder (University of Vienna)

Topic: “Stability and Change in Times of Fragmentation: The Limits of Pacta Sunt Servanda Revisited”

  • Francesca Capone (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)

Topic: “The Alleged Tension between the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and State Sovereignty: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’?”

  • Fabian Augusto Cardenas Castañeda (University of Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano)

Topic: “A Call for Rethinking the Sources of International Law: Soft Law and the Other Side of the Coin”

  • Antal Berkes (Brunel University London)

Topic: “The League of Nations and the International Law of State Responsibility”

  • Oleksandr Merezhko (Committee of the Foreign Affairs and Interparliamentary Relations of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine)

Topic: “The Mystery of the State and Sovereignty in International Law”

  • Peter Margulies (Roger Williams University)

Topic: “Sovereignty and Cyber Attacks: Technology’s Challenge to the Law of State Responsibility”

  • Alex Ansong (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration)

Topic: “The Concept of Sovereign Equality of States in International Law”

  • Valentina Azarova (Manchester International Law Centre, University of Manchester)

Topic: “The Secret Life of Non-Recognition: EU-Israel Relations and the Obligation of Non-Recognition in International Law”

  • Ardi Imseis (Queen’s University)

Topic: “Negotiating the Illegal: On the United Nations and the Illegal Occupation of Palestine, 1967–2020”

  • Prof. Mariagiulia Giuffré (Edge Hill University)

Topic: “Readmission, Informalization and Refugees’ Access to Protection in Europe”

  • Laura Visser, Ph.D. Candidate (Maastricht University)

Topic: “Intervention by Invitation and Collective Self-defence: Two Sides of the Same Coin?”

  • Themis Tzimas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Topic: “Self-Defense by Non-State Actors in States of Fragmented Authority”

  • Rossana Deplano (University of Leicester)

Topic: “Building Pragmatic Utopias: The ‘Other’ Security Council, International Law and the United Nations Dream”

  • Lauri Mälksoo (University of Tartu)

Topic: “Civilizational Diversity as Challenge to the (False) Universality of International Law”

  • Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (International Court of Justice)

Topic: “Engaging with International Law”

 

in 2021-2022:

  • Agata Kleczkowska, PhD

Topic: “Use of Force in Cases of Secession”

  • Prof. Vladyslav Lanovoy (Laval University)

Topic: “Use of Force by Non-State Actors and the Limits of Attribution of Conduct”