For Law Students and Professionals | This summer school enables students and professionals from all over the world to engage in discussions on the prospects and challenges of international criminal justice. It combines the unique location in The Hague, the international City of Peace and Justice, with the academic expertise of Leiden Law School.
- Start date 02-07-18
- Duration 2 weeks
- Level Students | Professionals
- Location The Hague
- Course fee 1150 - 1300
The 16th edition of the International Criminal Law Summer School will take place from 2 to 13 July 2018.
This summer school is aimed at law students (who have completed at least one year of their degree), young graduates and professionals with a background in law. Applicants with a background in other disciplines that are relevant to the theme of the summer school will be considered as well. The deadline for application is 1 May 2018. Applications that are received after the 1st of May will still be considered, but admission will depend on the availability of places.
Students at the International Criminal Law Summer School will be immersed in International Criminal Law during the two weeks they spend in The Hague. The lectures, workshops and exercises will deal with all aspects of International Criminal Law, from substantive crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression) to complementarity, modes of liability, the rights of the accused and the role of victims. Throughout the two weeks, the participants will explore the City of Peace and Justice and will visit a number of international institutions, such as the International Criminal Court.
The course includes about 50 hours of lectures, practical exercises and educational field trips, which require aproximately 65 hours of preparation.
A maximum of 75 participants will be admitted to this course.
Why this Summer School?
This course offers a unique opportunity to learn from influential and well-known academics from Leiden University and practitioners from the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague. You will gain first-hand knowledge on international criminal law in the heart of the 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!
Current Challenges to International Criminal Law
Introduction to Mooting
|Tuesday||Crimes against Humanity |
Introduction to Cross-Examination
|Wednesday||The Crime of Aggression |
Visit to the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
|Thursday||International Law and the War on Terror |
Cyber Warfare and International Criminal Law
|Friday||Cross-examination Exercise |
|Monday||Command Responsibility |
Individual Criminal Responsibility
Victims at the International Criminal Court
|Wednesday||Rights of the Accused |
Building a Prosecution Case
Building a Defence Case
|Thursday||Visit to the International Criminal Court |
|Friday||Moot Court Exercise |
This course is held in the city centre of The Hague, at Leiden University, Location Wijnhaven. To learn more about The Hague, please visit The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice and This is The Hague.
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.
The tuition fee for the 2018 session is €1300. We offer a special Early Bird fee of €1150 to the participants who register before 1 March 2018. Leiden University students, students from partner universities, and participants who have registered for at least another Grotius Centre summer school in 2018 also pay a reduced fee of €1150. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.
The fee includes access to the wifi network of Leiden University, course materials, a hard-copy of An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure (Cryer et al.), a certificate of participation, an information briefing at the International Criminal Court, lunches and refreshments on class days, a welcome dinner in the city centre, a drinks reception and a farewell banquet at Scheveningen beach.
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:
- Prior knowledge of law is required.
- 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.
- Only complete applications are considered.
- All applications are dealt with on an individual basis.
- 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 2018. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly advised.
Lecturers and speakers
Joseph Powderly (academic coordinator), Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University
Sergey Vasiliev (academic coordinator), Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University
Carsten Stahn, Programme Director of the Grotius Centre, Leiden University
Hirad Abtahi, First Legal Adviser to the Presidency, International Criminal Court
Philipp Ambach, Chief of the Victim Participation and Reparations Section, ICC
Gilbert Bitti, Senior Legal Adviser, International Criminal Court
Niels Blokker, Professor of International Institutional Law, Leiden University
Alexis Demirdjian, Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court
Mohamed El Zeidy, Legal Officer, International Criminal Court
Benjamin Gumpert, Senior Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court
Robert Heinsch, Associate Professor of Public International Law and Director of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law, Leiden University
Michael Karnavas, International Criminal Defence Counsel
Rod Rastan, Legal Adviser, International Criminal Court
Geoff Roberts, Defence Counsel, Special Tribunal for Lebanon
Colleen Rohan, President, Association of Defence Counsel (ADC-ICT)
William Schabas, Professor of Human Rights and International Criminal Law, Leiden University
Gregory Townsend, Chief of the ICTY Court Support Services Section, ICTY
Kweku Vanderpuye, Senior Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court
Julian Nicholls, Senior Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court
- Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
- Martine Wierenga, Programme Manager
- Tinia De Bruycker, Programme Officer