Netherlands, The Hague

International Criminal Law: From Theory to Practice

when 26 June 2017 - 7 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1250

At the 15th edition of the International Criminal Law Summer School, held in the International City of Peace and Justice, students will be completely immersed in International Criminal Law during two weeks. The interactive lectures and challenging exercises will deal with International Criminal Law in all its aspects, from genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, aggression and gender crimes to modes of liability and the role of victims. The classes will be given by influential and well-known academics from Leiden University and leading professionals from the International Courts and Tribunals.

Programme:

Monday 26 June

9.30 – 10.00: Coffee & Registration
10.00 – 11.00: Keynote Address
11.30 – 13.00: Current challenges to International Criminal Law
Mr. Joseph Powderly – Assistant Professor, Leiden University
12.30 – 14.00: Lunch
14.00 – 15.30: Group exercise
18.00: Welcome Dinner at Very Italian Pizza


Tuesday 27 June

9.00 – 10.30: Crimes against humanity
Mr. Hirad Abathi – First Legal advisor of the Presidency of the ICC
11.00 – 12.30: Genocide
Prof. William Schabas - Professor of Human Rights Law and International Criminal, Leiden University
12.30 - 14.00: Lunch
14.00 - 15.30: War Crimes
Dr. Philipp Ambach – Special Assistant to the President of the ICC
14.00 – 15.00: Group exercise


Wednesday 28 June

09.00 – 10.30: The Crime of Aggression
Prof. Niels Blokker – Professor of International Institutional Law, Leiden University
11.00 – 12.30: Gender Crimes
TBA
12.30 – 13.30: Lunch
13.30-15.00: Visit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia


Thursday 29 June

09.00 – 10.30: International Law and the war on terror
Prof. dr. Helen Duffy – International Human Rights Lawyer
11.00 – 12.30: Cyber warfare and International Criminal Law
Dr. Robert Heinsch – Associate Professor of International Law, Leiden University
12.30 – 14.00: Lunch
14.00 – 16.00: Group assignment


Friday 30 June

09.00 – 12.30: Cross-Examination Exercise
Mr. Benjamin Gumpert – Senior Trial Lawyer in The Office of the Prosecutor, ICC
Mr. Julian Nicholls – Senior Trial Lawyer in The Office of the Prosecutor, ICC
Mr. Kweku Vanderpuye – Senior Trial Lawyer in The Office of the Prosecutor, ICC
12.30 – 14.00: Lunch
14.00 – 18.00: Cross-Examination Exercise

Monday 3 July

09.00 – 10.30: Command responsibility
Mr. Geoff Roberts – Defence co-Counsel, STL
11.00 – 12.30: Individual criminal responsibility and JCE
Mr. Alexis Demirdjian – Trial Lawyer, ICC
12.30 – 14.00: Lunch
14.00 – 16.00: Victims at the ICC
Mr. Gilbert Bitti – Senior Legal Advisor, ICC


Tuesday 4 July

09.00 – 10.30: Complementarity
Dr. Mohamed El Zeidy – Legal Officer for Pre-Trial Chamber II, ICC
11.00 – 12.30: Jurisdiction
Dr. Rod Rastan – Legal Adviser in the Office of the Prosecutor, ICC
12.30 – 14.00: Lunch

Wednesday 5 July

09.00 – 10.30: Rights of the accused
Mr. Michael Karnavas – International Criminal Defence Lawyer
11.00 – 12.30: Building a prosecution case
Mr. Gregory Townsend – Senior Legal Officer, ICTY
12.30 – 14.00 : Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 : Building a defence case
Ms. Colleen Rohan, International Criminal Defence Lawyer

Thursday 6 July

09.45 – 11.15: Information Visit at the International Criminal Court Group 1
12.30 – 13.30: Lunch
13.30 – 14.45: Information Visit at the International Criminal Court Group 2

Friday 7 July

Group assignment
19.00: Farewell Banquet at the Beach

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Carsten Stahn, Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at the Leiden Law School and Programme Director of the Grotius Centre in The Hague.
Mr. Jens Iverson, Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Leiden Law School

Target group

Law students and professionals who wish to acquire a solid understanding of international criminal law in a short period of time. Students and professionals from other disciplines who have taken a number of law courses are welcome to apply as well.

Course aim

To provide the participants with a solid understanding of international criminal law and to develop cross-examination and pleading skills.

Credits info

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.

Fee info

EUR 1250: The fee includes lunches and refreshments on class days, a summer school conference bag, course materials, a group photo, a certificate of attendance, field trips to the ICC and the ICTY (subject to confirmation), public transport in The Hague, a welcome dinner in the city centre and a farewell banquet at the beach.
EUR 1100: We offer a special Early Bird fee of €1100 to the participants who register before 1 April 2017. Leiden University students, students from partner universities, and participants who have registered for another Grotius Centre summer school or participated in the 2017 Telders International Law Moot Court Competition or the 2017 ICC Moot Court Competition pay a reduced fee of €1100. The fee includes lunches and refreshments on class days, a summer school conference bag, course materials, a group photo, a certificate of attendance, field trips to the ICC and the ICTY (subject to confirmation), public transport in The Hague, a welcome dinner in the city centre and a farewell banquet at the beach.

Scholarships

Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.

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