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Annual Summer Law Programme on International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism

By Tanya Mehra LL.M., Education Development Manager, T.M.C. Asser Instituut

From 2 – 25 June 2014, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut will organise the Eighth Annual Summer Law Programme on International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism. This Summer Law Program in The Hague is the product of a unique collaboration between the War Crimes Research Office of American University’s’ Washington College of Law and the T.M.C. Asser Instituut. During this program, participants will have the opportunity to explore some of the most critical, legal issues today in The Hague, the legal capital of the world.

The course on International Criminal Law will provide a thorough understanding of ICL, from substantive crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes) to the functionings of the international tribunals (ICTY, ICTR, ICC and hybrid tribunals) to the general role of the defence and victims. The course on International Legal Approaches to Terrorism in the 21st Century will cover the salient aspects in the fight against terrorism. From different forms of terrorism (terrorism in the air, terrorism on the sea and terrorism in cyberspace) to applicable law (international humanitarian law, international human rights law) to trying terrorists both domestically and internationally.

This year’s speakers include, amongst others:  H.E. Judge Fausto Pocar, Judge, ICTY; Mr. Guido Acquaviva, Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President, STL; Ms. Helen Duffy, International Human Rights Lawyer; Ms. Alinda Verhaeg, Head of Case Analysis Unit at Eurojust; H. E. Judge Christine van den Wyngaert, ICC; Mr. Karim Khan, QC, Barrister, Temple Garden Chambers; Prof. dr. Larissa van den Herik, Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University.  

To complement the lectures, six afternoons will be devoted to study visits to various international courts and institutions in The Hague. Some of the confirmed study visits include: The ICC, the OPCW and the ICTY. These study visits will provide the participants with the chance to discover the structure and functioning of the various institutions and to ask their questions to working professionals on site.

40 students from US law schools will attend this summer law program. An additional 10 seats are available for interested students and young professionals from across the globe.

“This has been a great month […] I never would have had access to the sites and lectures that we have had here” Participant in the 2013 Summer Programme on ‘International Criminal  Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism’

For further information please contact: Charlotte  O’Reilly, Project Manager Education & Events
T.M.C. Asser Instituut

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