Professor Robert D. Sloane Receives High Level Diploma from Hague Academy of International Law
On August 11, 2007, Associate Professor Robert D. Sloane received the prestigious “high-level diploma” from the Hague Academy of International Law.
Since 1950, the Academy awards the diploma to, on average, fewer than three people each year. Professor Sloane is the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the diploma in nearly a decade.
The Hague Academy, which is annexed to the Peace Palace in the Hague where the International Court of Justice sits, annually offers "general courses" in both public and private international law, with lectures given by luminaries in the fields. The high-level diploma is awarded to those who demonstrate mastery of the field as a whole.
Of a combined total of about 700 students for the private and public international sessions, the Academy selects a handful for each session (e.g., eight of about 350 for the public international law session) to sit for the examination, which consists of a five-hour written essay and, for those who pass, doctoral-style orals the following day.