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International Criminal Law: From Theory To Practice

Organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, this programme enables students and professionals from all over the world to engage in discussions on the prospects and challenges of international criminal justice. The 19th edition of the International Criminal Law Summer School will take place from 4 to 15 July 2022 in The Hague. 

Course information

-- Depending on the applicable COVID-19 regulations, changes to the programme format might be made. Should this be the case, the information available on this website will be updated accordingly. --

Students will be immersed in the field through lectures and exercises dealing with all aspects of International Criminal Law, from substantive crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression) to complementarity, modes of liability, the rights of the accused and the role of victims. Throughout the two weeks, the participants will also explore the City of Peace and Justice and will visit a number of international institutions, such as the International Criminal Court.  

Why this Summer School?

This course offers a unique opportunity to learn from influential and well-known academics from Leiden University and practitioners from the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague. You will gain first-hand knowledge on international criminal law in the heart of the International City of Peace and Justice. The course also offers plenty of opportunities to network with fellow students and practitioners from all over the world. And last but not least, The Hague is a wonderful place to stay!

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Target audience

This summer school is aimed at law students (who have completed at least one year of their degree), young graduates and professionals with a background in law. 

Class size 

A maximum of 80 participants will be admitted to this course. 

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