Transitional Justice and Regional Responses to Conflict
The Hague, 14 - 18 July 2014
Welcome to the Human Rights and Transitional Justice Summer School page. This 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).
The 3rd session of this Summer School will be held in The Hague from 14 to 18 July 2014. This year the course will focus on
Regional Responses to Conflict.
Past decades have witnessed new approaches and tensions in the interplay between international justice, regional approaches and local responses to conflict. International Courts and Tribunals have sought to develop policies and mechanisms to engage with domestic constituencies (e.g. victims) and actors. This is reflected in complementarity, outreach and ‘legacy’ strategies. But practice has also shown existing weaknesses and constraints of international criminal justice institutions. The International Criminal Court has faced significant challenges in its engagements in regional conflicts and interaction with the African Union. New regional initiatives and approaches are emerging in the African context (e.g.expansion of the jurisdiction of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights
, struggle for accountability in Syria) and Latin America (e.g. Guatemala, Colombia). At the same time, regional human rights (e.g. European Court of Human Rights, Inter-American Court of Human Rights) have had to deal with dilemmas of historical justice and transitions (e.g. amnesties). This Summer School explores these developments, including practice and underlying accountability strategies.
The course will deal 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 lectures, seminars and workshops will be taught by Leiden University academics and guest lecturers from the international courts and institutions in The Hague. Invited speakers for the upcoming sessions include
* Prof. William Schabas
* Prof. John Dugard
* Prof. Larissa van den Herik
* Dan Saxon
* Marieke Wierda
Confirmed speakers for 2014 will be announced soon.
* Welcome dinner
* Visit to the International Criminal Court
* Expert Panel
Course materials will be posted on a digital learning environment. The participants will also receive a welcome pack upon arrival, which includes a Leiden University memory stick, brochures and a city map of The Hague, notebook paper and a pen.
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”
Scholarships and fees
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 deadline for application is 1 May 2014.
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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