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.

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:
More information about the programme and registration details can be found in the attached flyer, or on our website:

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