Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Gender Justice and Transitional Societies

4 - 8 July 2016, The Hague

The Human Rights and Transitional Justice 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), and Justice, Reparations and Development (2015). The 2016 edition will focus on Gender in Transitional Societies.


The themes which will be discussed in this year's session will be posted shortly.


The courses will be given by influential and well-known academics from Leiden University and leading practitioners from the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague.
Confirmed faculty for the 2016 edition:

  • Michelle Jarvis - Principal Legal Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia 

  • Maxine Marcus - Senior International Criminal Law and Gender Expert

  • Dr. Catherine O'Rourke - Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law, Transitional Justice Institute & School of Law, Ulster University 


  • Interactive workshops, exercises and expert panels
  • High-level participants from different backgrounds and regions
  • Visit to the International Criminal Court

Course Materials

Students will receive a welcome pack upon arrival, including a book related to the theme of the course, notebook and pen as well as information about Leiden University and The Hague, the City of Peace and Justice. A dditional course materials will be made available digitally. Participants in the Summer School will have access to the Leiden University Computer Network. Wifi is available at the course venue.


The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme. Upon request 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.

Course fees

The tuition fee for the 2016 session is €900.
The fee includes lunches and refreshments on class days, course materials, field trips to international institutions in The Hague, a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner at the beach.
Please note that the accommodation is not included in the course fee and it will not be arranged by The Grotius Centre. Please visit the page of the Leiden University Housing Office to learn more about short-stay options in Leiden and The Hague.

A limited number of fee waivers are available for this course. If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, please send us a separate request in which you clearly state why you should be considered for the fee waiver.

The deadline to apply for a fee waiver is 1 May 2016. The awardees will be informed via email on 9 May 2016.


This summer school is aimed at law students (who have completed at least three years of their degree), researchers and professionals working in the field of human rights and transitional justice. Students with a background in other disciplines that are relevant to the theme of the summer school will be considered as well.

All courses are taught in English. Even though applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, they have to be fluent in English in order to follow the courses and interact with fellow participants.

To apply please send us:

1. The completed application form;
2. A copy of your curriculum vitae;
3. A cover letter (one page) in which you clearly explain why you apply for this course;
4. A copy of your passport or identity card;
5. A recent portrait picture.

Your application can be emailed to

Please note that only complete applications are considered. All applications are dealt with on an individual basis. Provided you are considered eligible, you will receive a pre-admission email. Your admission to the course will be complete once the payment of the fee is made.

The deadline for application is 1 June 2016. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Student testimonials

"Outstanding speakers, very honest and open"

"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 well organized. A very enjoyable experience”

"An excellent panel of teachers. A great diversity & coverage of topics. A great diversity of views by speakers"




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