The Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law has made the very difficult decision to suspend the 2021 International Human Rights Law Program in Rome, Italy. Unfortunately, the continued worldwide spread of COVID-19, the emergence of new variants in Europe and elsewhere, and the current lack of widespread availability of vaccinations led us to conclude that there is too much uncertainty around our ability to go forward with these summer programs to continue to plan for them. 

Thank you for your interest in Catholic University’s International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, Italy!

This program allows students to earn four credits over an intensive three-week program of study. Because the program is concentrated in three weeks, from mid-May through the first week in June, students can pursue summer employment after the program is over. This allows students to pursue summer employment after the program is over. It also makes the program particularly accessible to evening students who are employed. During the three-week session, students will be able to select from a group of courses focusing on different aspects of human rights law. Formal study will be supplemented with visits to local legal institutions and organizations, as well as the opportunity to explore the city of Rome and enjoy some of Italy’s religious, cultural, and historic treasures.

If you have questions or would like to discuss the program more fully, please contact the Program Director, Prof. Susanna F. Fischer at