Planning for the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law here at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL), is a yearlong process. As soon as the 2015 Program finished, we immediately started planning for 2016. The first step was for the team to sit with the Co-directors, Summer Program staff and other involved offices within the Law School, to discuss what worked well last year, what didn’t and how things should be changed.
Even during the 2015 Program, we were already gauging interest among our Faculty to see who was tentatively available for 2016, not only to teach but also to participate in any of the additional activities we plan for students around that time. We also took the opportunity to chat with them about their colleagues and which other experts they could recommend either to teach in their place if they would not be available, or to co-teach with them if their current co-teacher would not be available. Additionally, we engaged both our Faculty and participants to give us feedback on the Program.
Once we wrapped up our exam and grading period at the end of August 2015, we immediately started to review our list of courses, exploring which needed to be adapted and subjects which needed to be added. Based on the 2015 experience, we decided to add an English class called Advanced International Humanitarian Law. This class would be designed to complement our already existing International Humanitarian Law course. We also decided to lengthen the Spanish equivalent, Derecho Internacional Humanitario, to cover the full three weeks of the Program. Previously this course had only lasted for half of the Program. We also decided to add two additional courses in Spanish: Derechos Humanos y Cortes Internacionales and Derechos Humanos y su Relación con el Derecho Ambiental y el Desarrollo.
Then the Co-Directors, who are Human Rights Lawyers themselves, chose the list of experts who we then invited to teach. Over the next few months, we confirmed our Faculty and classes, prepared for our application launch in November whilst doing outreach and recruitment for the Program. This November, we also moved to our new Tenley Campus, so many of our preparations were put on hold until the Spring semester. Now, having settled into the new building, we are working on booking rooms for classes, meeting with the Facilities, Special Events, Catering, IT and Media teams to make sure all our events go off without a hitch and we show the best side of our brand new facility!
During the next couple of months, we are going to continue working with registered participants as well as potential persons from all over the World to answer their questions, get them registered in courses, and direct them to other important offices like our Summer Housing department. We are also working with Faculty preparing syllabi and making sure all the course materials are coming together. Lastly, we are getting in touch with several local offices to coordinate site visits and to invite members of their offices to participate in panels on various Human Rights topics here at the Law School during the Program. This year promises to be a very exciting one and we hope you will join us as well! Our deadline to apply is May 1! Contact us for more information by email or phone at email@example.com or 202-274-4070 or visit our webpage at Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law - American University Washington College of Law. You can also find us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter by searching AcadHumanRights.
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