The International and Transnational Law Intensive Program (ITLIP) gives students an opportunity to be immersed in the practice of international law. This full-term, 15-credit intensive program consists of a (winter semester) three-month placement either with an intergovernmental organization or with a law clinic, nongovernmental organization or law firm in Canada that is grappling in a significant way with international law questions and issues. Although students will be dispersed in various locations across Canada (including some opportunities in Toronto itself) and around the world, technology is used to unite the students in sharing their experiences, reflecting and discussing through a weekly online academic seminar. Students are also required to complete a research paper on a topic related to their placement. The placement, which includes a journaling requirement, is worth 10 credits; the online seminar, 2 credits; and the research paper, 3 credits. One course, Public International Law, is a pre-requisite for ITLIP participation; it can be taken in the fall semester preceding the ITLIP semester.
ITLIP provides students with an opportunity to develop specialized, advanced and critical knowledge of international and transnational law and to be exposed to aspects of the daily life and operation of the law in a program that seeks to integrate scholarly perspectives, skills development and reflective practice. It also enables students to deepen their capacities in research and writing.
Examples of placements, from ITLIP’s inaugural year (2016-17), include the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva), the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals (The Hague), Amnesty International (Ottawa), Global Affairs Canada (Ottawa), UNICEF (Bangkok), the Centre for Law and Democracy (Halifax), the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Toronto/Ottawa), the HIV/AIDS Legal Network (Toronto), the Foundation for Human Rights Initiatives (Kampala), Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (Toronto), and the World Bank (Washington, DC).