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Summer Schools for Human Rights and Legal Studies — 2013


As summer approaches, it’s time to consider a great use of a week or two to acquire a higher level of expertise on a particular subject matter, meet and learn from experts in the field, and become acquainted with others from around the world who also have the same particular interest in a specific topic – summer school programmes.

Years ago, I attended a fantastic Summer School on International Criminal Law, offered by Leiden University, at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (the Hague). The small student body included a couple of university professors (whose work I still follow), practicing lawyers, and graduate students in law and related disciplines. The instructors included well-regarded leading scholars in the field of ICL, including William Schabas and Michael Scharf.

Below is a list of some summer schools to consider.  (I was inspired to create this list because of a call to contribute to a list compiled by Con Law Files. I responded to the call for help, but also decided that to best serve those looking for summer school opportunities, I should also create my own list focused specifically on human rights and legal studies that I could personally update.) Suggestions for additions to this list are welcome and appreciated. (And, I will continue to pass along relevant information to Con Law Files.)

Continental Europe

Fifteenth Summer Session of  Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law

Salzburg Law School

4 – 16 August 2013

Summer School on International Criminal Law

Leiden University

Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, The Hague

24 June – 5 July 2013

Venice Academy of Human Rights

European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation

8-19 July 2013

Summer Course on Refugee Law (French)

International Institute of Human Rights

Strasbourg, France

17-28 June 2013

Erasmus Intensive Programme “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”

Utrecht University

Venue: Motovun, Croatia

14 – 26 July 2013

Drug Policy and Human Rights

Central European University


15-23 July 2013

Constitution-Building in Africa

Central European University


24-29 June 2013

Strategic Human Rights Litigation

Central European University


15 – 19 July 2013

Mental Disability Law in Practice

Central European University


1 – 12 July 2013

Multiple Summer School Programmes

Academy of European Law, Florence

7 – 28 June 2013: Human Rights Law

1 – 12 July 2013: The Law of the European Union

Venice School of Human Rights

27 June – 6 July 2013

Tilburg Statelessness Summer School

The Netherlands

5-9 August 2013

Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law

Helsinki University, Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights (ECI)

19-30 August 2013

Bologna Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation

International Peace and Security Institute and The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Bologna, Italy

15 June – 13 July 2013

The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice

International Peace and Security Institute

The Hague, The Netherlands

20 July – 17 August 2013

Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management

Institute for Minority Rights

Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

24 June – 5 July 2013

Summer School on Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Leiden University

Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, The Hague

8-12 July 2013

International Summer School Sarajevo, Institutional Reform in the light of European integrations in countries of South East Europe”


17-27 July 2013

Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy of the European Union

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)


1 – 12 July 2013


UK and Ireland

Transitional Justice Institute Summer School

University of Ulster, Northern Ireland


17-21 June 2013

International Summer School in Forced Migration

University of Oxford

1-19 July 2013

International Human Rights Law

University of Oxford

7 July – 3 August 2013

Law, Multiculturalism and Intercultural Human Rights

SOAS, University of London

1-19 July 2013

Rights of the Child Summer School

Nottingham University

24 – 28 June 2013

Minority Rights Summer Course

Middlesex University/NUI Galway

Date unknown/information pending

Multiple Summer School Programmes

Galway Irish Centre for Human Rights

– International Criminal Court Summer School

– Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy Summer School

– Human Rights, Migration and Globalisation Summer School


North America

Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University

Washington, DC

28 May – 14 June 2013

Ottawa International Humanitarian Law

Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa and the Canadian Red Cross

Ottawa, Canada

2 -7 June 2013

International Program for Development Evaluation Training

Ottawa, Canada

10 June – 5 July 2013

OPHI Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative

Washington, DC

8-19 July 2013

Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues

Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Toronto, Canada

13-19 May 2013

Good Governance and Social Accountability Tools

Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

27 – 31 May 2013

International Summer Course on the Rights of the Child

Université de Moncton

Moncton, New-Brunswich, Canada

12-19 July 2013



  1. Kristin,

    There is a new summer course on the right of the child at the Université de Moncton. Please check it out and add it to your list

  2. Thank you, Christian. I’ve updated the list. Cheers!

  3. Paul says:

    Well done, thank you! I will look at courses that I can do via Distance Learning as it will be winter here downunder in New Zealand / Aotearoa.

    As a barefoot travelling legal midwife I am particularly interested in Human Rights in Childbirth (HRIC)
    and am putting on one and two day workshops on HRIC – see http://www.mandalalaw.com and love to colloborate with others in this field.

    My other areas of interest are Healthcare generally and in Refugee Rights globally.

    If I can do anything for you please feel free to be in touch.

    Paul Golden

  4. I can personally recommend the residential summer school (which provides teaching in international and comparative human rights law, with a particular theme, in July of each year) at the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. The IIHR was founded by the Frenchman Rene Cassin with his portion of the Nobel Prize money that he and Eleanor Roosevelt shared for their participation in drafting the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. I studied at the IIHR for two summers in the early ‘1990s. The human rights ethos, the passion and drive of the students I met (there were 500 students from around 80 countries, I think) and the inspiring lectures I attended that were given by some of the world’s leading human rights experts still influence my work today. This year marks the 44th year of the international and comparative human rights summer course. This year the particular theme of the course is religion. Information on the course can be obtained here: http://www.iidh.org/actualite-57-44th-annual-study-session-in-international-and-comparative-law-of-human-rights.html
    (I think you might need to understand some French, but the main lectures are given in a number of languages)
    Kind regards,

  5. Juan Pablo Salinas says:

    You seem yo be missing this one: http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy/summer.cfm

  6. Thank you, Juan. I have updated the list accordingly.

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