Heritage Destruction, Human Rights and International Law
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Heritage Destruction, Human Rights and International Law Archaeology Law Peace & Justice

For students and professionals | The Summer School on Heritage Destruction, Human Rights and International Law is a collaboration between the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development. Intentionally destroying cultural heritage is an international wrong and, except in the case of absolute military necessity, constitutes a war crime and potentially a crime against humanity. The course also explores the human rights dimension of heritage.

  • Start date 26-08-19
  • Duration 5 days
  • Level Students | Professionals
  • Apply before 01-05-19
  • Location The Hague
  • Course fee 800 - 950

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Course information

The second edition of the Summer School on Heritage Destruction, Human Rights and International Law will be held in The Hague from Monday 26 to Friday 30 August 2019. Please note that the dates are still tentative only and will be confirmed soon. 

Target audience
This Summer School is open to students and professionals who would like to acquire a general knowledge of how heritage destruction is dealt with in international law, in times of conflict and in peace.

Academic content
This unique programme gives a broad overview of heritage protection in international law with a particular emphasis on heritage destruction. The course offers a range of opportunities to test the acquisition of knowledge and participants will engage with some of the most current debates concerning the role of international law in dealing with heritage destruction. In particular, participants will acquire a solid understanding of how heritage is protected in international law; the rules governing that protection in armed conflict and in peace time; the link between heritage and human rights, and the increasing case law from international criminal courts treating heritage destruction as a war crime and as crimes against humanity. The programme for the 2019 edition will be made public soon. 

Class size
To ensure active participation and exchange with teaching staff and fellow participants, a maximum of 40 participants will be admitted to this course. 
 

Why this Summer School?

Historically, heritage has always been targeted in times of conflict and transition for its symbolic value. However, the difference between historical acts of iconoclasm and the destruction of heritage sites today is that we now have a general consensus, embodied in the corpus of international law, that intentionally destroying cultural heritage is an international wrong and, except in the case of absolute military necessity, constitutes a war crime and potentially a crime against humanity. In addition, heritage is increasingly recognised as having a strong human rights dimension.

The Summer School offers a unique opportunity to learn from well-known and influential academics and leading practitioners. You will gain first-hand knowledge of international law governing heritage protection, as well as the role of international courts in prosecuting heritage destruction in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. The course also offers plenty of opportunities to network with fellow students and practitioners from all over the world. And last but not least, The Hague is a wonderful place to stay!
 

Practical information

Course fees
The tuition fee for the 2019 session is €950. We offer a special early bird fee of €800 to the participants who register before 1 February 2019 (payment due by 1 March 2019). Leiden University students, students from partner universities, and participants who have registered for at least another Grotius Centre summer school in 2019 also pay a reduced fee of €800. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.

What's included
The fee includes access to the course materials, a certificate of participation, a visit to one of the International Courts and Tribunals of The Hague, lunches and refreshments on class days, a course dinner, and a drinks reception.

Housing
The Grotius Centre does not provide housing but we will be happy to assist you in finding a suitable place to stay. Here are some options for accommodation in The Hague
 

Application

To apply please complete the online application form.

The application should be completed at once as data cannot be saved. Therefore, make sure to have the following documents ready before starting the application:

1. A copy of your curriculum vitae;
2. A cover letter (one page) in which you clearly explain why you are applying for this course;
3. A recent portrait picture.

Please note that:

  • All courses are taught in English. An official certificate of language proficiency is not required but you need to be fluent in English to be able to understand the classes and to interact with fellow students.
  • All applications are dealt with on an individual basis; only complete applications will be considered.
  • Provided you are considered eligible, you will receive a pre-admission email.
  • Your admission to the course will be final once the payment of the fee is made.
  • The deadline for application is 1 May 2019. Applications that are received afterwards will still be considered, but admission will depend on the availability of places. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly advised.

Lecturers and speakers

For an overview of all speakers of the 2018 edition, please see the 2018 programme.

Dr. Joseph Powderly (academic coordinator), Associate Professor in Public International Law, Law Faculty, Leiden University

Dr. Amy Strecker (academic coordinator), Assistant Professor in Heritage & Governance, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University

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