Human Rights Summer Schools

Attending a summer school is a great way to get some experience and develop your skills in human rights. Whether you are interested in using your summer to learn more about the field or are looking for a way to gain experience and boost your CV, summer schools are a great option. The length of the summer schools can range from a few days to weeks. There is something to suit every kind of schedule, whether you have the whole summer free during your university studies or you are planning to take some time off work to enhance your knowledge. Take a look at this list of human rights summer schools which you can attend in 2019.

Leiden University Summer School – International Criminal Law: From Theory to Practice

This summer school is suited to both law students, who have completed at least one year of their degree, and professionals from all over the world. The mix of participants from different backgrounds allows for in depth discussion and analysis of the prospects and challenges of international criminal justice, which is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the field and for professionals to share their experience and knowledge. The course is also located in Hague, the international City of Peace and Justice, combining the expertise of Leiden Law School with this inspiring location. The course is just 2 weeks long, making it possible for professionals to attend, and will take place in July. A maximum of 75 participants will be admitted to the course and there is a fee which includes access to course materials, a certificate of participation, an information briefing at the International Criminal Court, lunches on course days and a course dinner and drinks reception. Housing is not provided but the university will be able to assist you in finding suitable accommodation. You can view accommodation options and all the specifics on the webpage.

This immersive course consists of lectures and exercises on a number of aspects related to International Criminal Law. For example, you will be discussing genocide and war crimes as well as technical aspects of international law such as modes of liability and the rights of the accused. You will also have the chance to explore this unique location during your stay and visit the International Criminal Court, as well as numerous other international institutes, to gain more of an idea as to why this city was named the international City of Peace and Justice. As well as working alongside professionals, you will also be taught by influential and well-known academics from Leiden University and practitioners from the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague. This is an excellent opportunity to gain first hand knowledge about working in international criminal law and allows you to network with people who could advance your career in the future.

University of Oslo – Summer School Human Rights Course

At the University of Oslo, you can study either Bachelor’s degree level or Master’s degree level courses during the summer as a short introductory programme. This course in Human Rights is at Master’s degree level and can be combined with other courses at the same level. During the 6-week course you will be introduced to the history, philosophy and politics of human rights and human rights law. From a philosophical position you will debate the legitimacy and justification of universal human rights and from a historical perspective you will study the evolution of the modern human rights system. Furthermore, your study of human rights law will be analysed within an international context. Through these interdisciplinary studies you will learn more about the most important characteristics of human rights treaties, such as application and enforcement, and the political and legal impact of human rights on both a national and international scale. You can view more about the course and the application process on the website.

London School of Economics – Summer School Introduction to International Human Rights: Theory, Law and Practice

LSE offers a summer programme which runs in July 2019 and will give you a thorough introduction to several aspects of human rights. The course begins by introducing how the general idea of human rights came into existence starting with ancient Greece and moving through different historical epochs such as Enlightenment. You will also study the structures and standards that govern international human rights law and be introduced to modern international law. From an international perspective, you will examine the range of legal instruments and standards that have developed in relation to human rights. View the website for more information about the course and the reading material as well as how to apply.

Centre for International Criminal Justice – Summer School

The Centre for International Criminal Justice is located on the VU Campus in Amsterdam, less than an hour away from The Hague. The centre carries out interdisciplinary research and promotes transparent debate on international criminal law and justice. It seeks to improve the current approaches to dealing with international crime by developing practice-orientated solutions and providing answers to foundational queries raised by international criminality as well as formulating and testing fundamental critiques of international crimes and justice.

At the summer school you will be analysing how international crimes pose a threat to international peace and security and effective responses. Furthermore, you will discuss how a lack of knowledge on the true nature of international crimes reduces the efficiency of such responses. You will gain an understanding of the complex nature of international crimes and, through this interdisciplinary approach, you will examine the juridical and empirical sides of mass atrocities. In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit the International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague during the programme. This summer school will take place in July and applications will open in December. Check the website when applications open for more information.

Academy of European Law – Summer School

The Academy of European Law (AEL) in Florence, Italy, offers advanced-level summer courses in Human Rights Law and the Law of the European Union as well as managing research projects and running a publications programme. They offer two summer courses each year and this year they are running the Human Rights Law programme and The Law of the European Union programme both in July. The programmes are held at European University Institute on the Villa Salviati campus and applications will open in January. You can find information on how to apply on the website as well as more information about the course and fees. The course fees cover tuition, reading material, lunches and coffee breaks at the university and social activities arranged during the course but you will need to cover your own accommodation and travel costs. These intensive courses run from 9am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday and both courses run for 11 days. There is also the option of a diploma examination if you would like to receive a qualification at the end of the programme.