The Hague, 13 - 17 July 2015
Welcome to the Human Rights and Transitional Justice Summer School page. The summer school focuses on a different theme within the field of human rights and transitional justice each year.
Past themes included
Truth, Justice and Rule of Law Reform (2012),
Human Rights Fact-Finding, Evidence and International Crimes (2013) and
Regional Responses to Conflict (2014).
The 4th session of this Summer School will be held in The Hague from 13 to 17 July 2015. Th
e theme for the 2015 edition will be announced in the fall.
In 2014, the course dealt inter alia with the following themes:
- Introduction to Transitional Justice and relevant approaches of International Criminal Tribunals (complementarity, outreach, legacy)
- Relationship between the ICC and the African Union
- Regional responses and Transitional Justice mechansims in specific contexts (e.g. Guatemala/Colombia/Syria)
- The role of regional human rights courts in international criminal justice
Prospects and limits of regional mechanisms
The Faculty for the Summer School in 2014 included:
Mr. Barney Afako
is a Ugandan lawyer and expert on transitional
justice who has worked in the fields of human rights and criminal justice in
Uganda, Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom. He is a Senior Legal Adviser to the
African Union on matters related to northern Uganda. Barney is also a part-time
immigration judge in the United Kingdom. Previous roles have included acting as
a consultant on peace talks for civil society, the Ugandan Amnesty Commission
and the government.
is a PhD-candidate at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University. Her research focuses on regionalism in international criminal law. It examines the influence of regional actors and practices on the development of this area of law and, in this context, it focuses particularly on the Latin American region.
Dr. Fidelma Donlon
, Deputy Registrar at Special Court for Sierra
Leone. From 2004 to 2006, Fidelma Donlon
worked as Deputy Registrar at the Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina War Crimes
Chamber, and Head of the Human Rights Unit and Head Criminal Institutions and
Prosecutorial Reform Unit of the Office of the High Representative to Bosnia
and Herzegovina from 1999 to 2006.
Prof. John Dugard
, a graduate of the Universities of
Stellenbosch (South Africa) and Cambridge, was appointed to the Chair in Public
International Law at Leiden Law School in 1998. Professor Dugard was Director
of the Lauterpacht Research Center for International Law from 1995 to 1997. He
is a member of the Institut de Droit International. Since 1997 he has been a
member of the UN International Law Commission and since 2000 he has been the
Special Rapporteur on Diplomatic Protection to the Commission. He is a Judge ad
hoc in the International Court of Justice. Since 2001 he has served as Special
Rapporteur to the UN Commission on Human Rights on violation of Human Rights
and International Humanitarian Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza
, Distinguished Professor of Law at
Hastings College of the Law (University of California) and author of The
Pinochet Effect: Transnational Justice in the Age of Human Rights (2005),
Impunity and Human Rights in International Law and Practice (1995), and coeditor
of Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Truth versus
, Assistant Professor at Leiden University
College, has investigated and prosecuted serious international crimes and
trained students and practitioners in the theory and practice of international
criminal law and international humanitarian law for nearly 25 years. Saxon was
a prosecutor at ICTY and served as the legal adviser to the
United Nations Commission of Inquiry for Syria during 2011 and 2012. Saxon held
appointments in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. Saxon has trained judges, prosecutors
and investigators from Colombia, Guatemala, the UK and the Former Yugoslavia
and has lectured at numerous institutions.
Professor William Schabas
, Professor of Human Rights Law and
International Criminal Law at Leiden Law School, and author of more than twenty
books dealing with international human rights law, including The International
Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute (2010), Introduction to the International Criminal
Court (2011) and Genocide in International
Law (2009). Professor Schabas is editor-in-chief of Criminal Law Forum, Chairman of Board of
Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Assistance in the
Field of Human Rights, President of the International Association of Genocide
Scholars, President of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association
and chair of the International Institute for Criminal Investigation. From 2002
to 2004 he served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone
Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
officer for international justice at the Open Society Justice Initiative in The
Hague. Prior to joining the Open Society Justice Initiative full time, Sesay
was Trial Monitor on Justice Initiative’s Charles Taylor Trial Monitoring
project for which he wrote thematic commentaries and analysis on the work of
the Special Court for Sierra Leone and other international criminal justice,
human rights, and humanitarian law issues as related to the Charles Taylor
case. Sesay has held various positions in the human rights and international
justice sectors—as a legal assistant/officer of the Morris Kallon Defence Team
at the Special Court for Sierra Leone; as a human rights lecturer at the
University of Sierra Leone; and as a consultant with Human Rights Watch’s
International Justice Program.
Prof. Carsten Stahn
is Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice and Programme
Director of the Grotius Centre for International Studies. He is author of The
Law and Practice of International Territorial Administration: Versailles to
Iraq and Beyond (Cambridge University Press, 2008/2010) which received the
Ciardi Prize 2009 of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of
War. He has published numerous articles on international criminal law and
transitional justice and edited several collections of essays in the field. In
2010, he received a VIDI grant for a five-year research project on the ‘ Role
and contours of a contemporary Jus Post Bellum’. He is also project leader of a
four-year research project on Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership. He is
Editor-in-Chief of the Leiden Journal of International Law, Executive Editor of
the Criminal Law Forum and Correspondent of the Netherlands International Law
Professor Tom Zwart
, a Leiden Law School alumnus, is Professor in
International and European Law at Utrecht University and Director of the School
of Human Rights Research. Zwart’s research focuses on issues related to human
rights, courts (separation of powers), and public law from a comparative
perspective. His publications in the area of human rights take as a point of
departure the subsidiarity principle that is part of all major human rights
instruments. It emphasizes the need for a ‘bottom-up’ approach which stimulates
the positive elements that already exist in every society, rather than forcing
international norms on them ‘top down’. Zwart has been elected a visiting
professor at a number of universities, including the University of Cambridge,
L’Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences-Po), Universidade Católica Portuguese,
the Chinese People’s Public Security University and the University of Haifa.
* Welcome dinner
* Visit to the International Criminal Court
* Expert Panels
Course materials will be posted on a digital learning environment (Blackboard). Participants will receive a Leiden University Network account to access the Blackboard site.
The participants will also receive a welcome pack upon arrival, including a Leiden University memory stick and information on The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice.
The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme.
Furthermore, we can issue a statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits we would assign to this course, based on the number of hours in class, preparation time and assignments, keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 hours of study. Your university can then evaluate this course and decide whether they will indeed award ECTS credits.
Voices of the summer school
"An excellent panel of teachers. A great diversity & coverage of topics. A great diversity of views by speakers"
"The various backgrounds of the participants as well as their knowledge made the course much more interesting, not to mention the very high level of expertise brought by the speakers”
"Outstanding speakers, very honest and open"
"Excellent staff, assistants and food”
"Absolutely worth every cent. A great mix of famous and highly experienced speakers, well-planned program structure and variety of exposure trips/exercises. Highly recommended for Legal Advisers and human rights practitioners”
"What I really appreciate about this Summer School is the complexity of the Program, because it was very professional from an educational point of view and also good organized in a very enjoyable experience”
Tuition fees for the 2014 session:
* Leiden University students
The fee includes lunches and refreshments on class days, course materials, a thematic film screening, field trips to international institutions in The Hague and a welcome dinner.
The application for the 2015 edition of the Summer School will be opened in September.
Please note that the accommodation is not included in the course fee and it will not be organized by The Grotius Centre. The participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, but, if you need any help, we will be happy to assist. A list with accommodation options can be found here
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