Summer Law Program on International Criminal Law and International Legal & Comparative Approaches to Counter-Terrorism

The Summer Law Program is the product of a unique collaboration with the War Crimes Research Office of American University’s Washington College of Law, providing American students the opportunity to study in The Hague. Additional places are available to individuals who would like to join the students from the US in this educational experience. The programme will take place from 29 May – 22 June 2017.

Programme
International Criminal Law: in Search for Accountability

The first part of the summer program will focus on International Criminal Law. What are international crimes, and how have the definitions of these crimes evolved in the last decades? The role of the International Criminal Court, ad-hoc tribunals and hybrid courts will be analysed, as well as their political and judicial shortcomings. This part of the summer program will also examine the interplay and interdependence between the different international criminal tribunals and national courts that cater to international criminal justice. It will look at the role of states, not only in preventing serious violations, but also in bringing those responsible to justice. Finally, the concepts of amnesties and immunities will be explained and how these could possibly affect prosecution of international crimes.

International Legal & Comparative Approaches to Counter-Terrorism

The second part of the summer program will focus on International Legal & Comparative Approaches to Counter-Terrorism. Terrorism and the measures that are being adopted to counter terrorism are prominent on the agendas of international organisations, governments and think tanks around the world. The program will look into the definitions of terrorism and counter-terrorism, and the evolution of these concepts since 9/11. The program will also look at how human rights are raised in the context of terrorism, especially in light of the attacks throughout 2016, and the counter-measures that are being adopted. Moreover, the summer program will critically look at how the armed conflict approach deals with terrorism. It will elaborate on how the criminal justice sector tackles terrorism from an international, regional and domestic perspective. The need for cooperation with respect to prevention and suppression of terrorism will also be examined. The summer program will conclude with the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters, a growing concern in many countries.

Eligible participants

(Advanced) students and early-career professionals who are interested in studying international criminal law and/or counter-terrorism are invited to apply: www.asser.nl/SummerLawProgram2017.
More information about the programme and registration details can be found in the attached flyer, or on our website: www.asser.nl/summerprogrammes.

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About Otto Spijkers

Otto Spijkers is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University, and researcher at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law. He is a member of the Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development of the International Law Association, and guest lecturer for Amnesty International The Hague. He was a visiting professor at Leiden University, Xiamen University (China), Wuhan University (China), University of Salerno (Italy) and the Université catholique d'Afrique Central (Yaounde, Cameroon). Previously, he was a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden. His doctoral dissertation, entitled The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law, was published with Intersentia in 2011. He worked as public services coordinator at the Peace Palace Library, as international consultant and coordinator for the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, as intern for the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and as intern for the Office of Legal Affairs of United Nations Headquarters. Otto Spijkers is editor and author of the Invisible College Blog, the blog of the School of Human Rights Research. Otto Spijkers studied the basics of international relations at the University of Sussex. He then studied international law at the University of Amsterdam, New York University School of Law (exchange student), and the Hague Academy of International Law (2009 session). He studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Malta (exchange). He obtained a Diplôme approfondi de langue française.

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