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May 05, 2017

Tori Badawey Selected to Study at Hague Academy of International Law

West Virginia Wesleyan College senior Tori Badawey of Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada was selected to study at the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.  Badawey is a political science and history major. 

"I applied in December last year because I was very interested in participating in this prestigious program,” said Badawey. “I was reluctant to apply as they typically only admit law students and professors, or Ph.D. students. However, a few short weeks after submitting my application, I received the letter informing me that I had been selected.” 

The Hague Academy of International Law is a private academic institution based in the Peace Palace, also home to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands. The Academy is the world’s leading academic institution of public and private international law. Summer courses are organized in two periods of three weeks each, one focusing on Public International Law and one on Private International Law. The program courses are taught by the most renowned professors of International Law in the world. Since the very outset in 1923, thousands of students from over 100 nationalities have been able to attend. Many alumni, having thus had the opportunity to meet "great names" in the field of international law, have subsequently well-known academics, lawyers or diplomats, among other occupations.

The summer program is directed toward advanced students and practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of international law, public or private. It is for students of the highest caliber to learn together from Judges of the World Court and more.

“Tori will be learning from and interacting with heads of state, foreign ministers, ambassadors, 13 judges of the International Court of Justice, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, and two Nobel Prize winners,” said Tamara Bailey, assistant professor of history at Wesleyan.

“The academy is famous for its summer program, and I am absolutely honored to represent West Virginia Wesleyan this summer at the Academy,” said Badawey. “This is an incredible privilege and an opportunity of a lifetime. I am excited to work with the pillars of justice and to have contacts with the International Court of Justice, the international criminal courts, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and other institutions.” 

Badawey appreciates the education she has received at Wesleyan and believes it has prepared her for these types of opportunities.  

“My experience at Wesleyan has been nothing short of extraordinary,” she said. “My professors have guided, encouraged, and helped me achieve success in all aspects of my college education, and I have been able to reach a standard I did not believe I could reach. I can speak well on international issues, think critically, and act logically in all areas thanks to the education, training, and guidance I have received during my four years at Wesleyan”

Badawey is the first student from West Virginia Wesleyan College to be admitted to the prestigious Hague Academy. 

“This summer will allow me to gain a comprehensive understanding of the subject of international law and its function alongside similarly passionate peers, and in the capital city of international law, no less,” she said.

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