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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Constantia Dedoulis Program Type: CUA
Academic Level: 5. Graduate Areas of Study: Law
Credits: 4 Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite
On-Site Language Course Required: No Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Independent Housing, Residence Hall Internship Available: No
COVID-19 Vaccine Required: Yes
Program Description:
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Law: International Human Rights

May 15 - June 5, 2022

Thank you for your interest in Catholic University’s 2022 International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome.  It will take place from May 15 to June 5, 2022.  Our location is Catholic University’s beautiful Rome campus on the Janiculum Hill above Trastevere, close to the historic center of Rome as well as Vatican City. Please visit the Rome Summer Law Program website for detailed information about the program. But if you have other questions about the program, I hope that you will contact me at
We believe strongly in the importance of educating students and encouraging discourse about the vital importance of human rights in promoting justice, ensuring the satisfaction of basic human needs, and protecting the vulnerable against exploitation and abuse.  Rooted in the fundamental value of human dignity, global human rights instruments and institutions dedicated to the protection of human rights have vastly increased in number since World War II.  But unfortunately human rights violations continue to occur across the globe. We hope that students on our program will dedicate their talents to protecting human rights, no matter where their professional lives may take them.
Our three-week program was founded in 2010 and offered for the first in 2011.  Professor Lucia Silecchia ably directed our program from its beginning until 2019. She remains deeply involved with the program as Assistant Director.  Having taught previously on the program in 2018, I am honored and excited to take on the directorship of the program. 
Rome is an amazing location to explore human rights issues.  Human rights were of vital interest to many ancient Roman thinkers and jurists, including Cicero, Seneca, Epictetus and Justinian.  The Roman Catholic Church has played a significant role in the development of human rights.  Many international organizations dedicated to human rights protection are headquartered in Rome.  Students can gain hands-on experience in human rights protection and/or other aspects of legal practice relating to international law by participating in legal externships in Rome after the conclusion of their studies on the program. 
We also seek to foster a community of human rights scholars and so we offer you a variety of speakers, field trips, dinners, and other social events where you will have the opportunity to engage with Italian professionals and students with an interest in human rights. 
We welcome students of all backgrounds and with a variety of interests.  All of our courses are taught in English. 
We hope that you can join us in Rome! 

Professor Susanna F. Fischer
Director, International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 04/30/2022
Rolling Admission 05/15/2022 06/05/2022
NOTE: Applications are still being accepted to the International Human Rights Law Program in Rome, Italy, on a space available basis.
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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