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
Confirmed speakers for the upcoming session:
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 Justice.
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.
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) and Introduction to the International Criminal Court (2011), 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. Professor Schabas has worked as a consultant on capital punishment for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and drafted the 2010 report of the Secretary-General on the status of the death penalty (UN Doc. E/2010/10).
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.
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 Review.
Dan Saxon, 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 the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for 12 years 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 here he taught seminars in international criminal law and international humanitarian law. Saxon has trained judges, prosecutors and investigators from Colombia, Guatemala, the U.K and the Former Yugoslavia and has lectured at numerous institutions in Europe and North America.
Dr. Fidelma Donlon, Deputy Registrar at Special Court for Sierra Leone. From 2004 to 2006 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.
* 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 deadline for application is 1 June 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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