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Summer Schools for Human Rights and Legal Studies — 2016


It’s that time of year again, time to consider a great use of a week or two to acquire a higher level of expertise in a particular subject matter, meet and learn from experts in the field, and become acquainted with others from around the world who share your particular interest in a specific topic — summer school programmes.

More years ago than I wish to admit to here, 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 leading scholars in the field of ICL, including William Schabas and Michael Scharf. The experience and connections have continued to be influences and pleasures in my life and work.  I would recommend enrolling in a summer school programme to anyone who asked my opinion on the subject. To that end, I aim to make the search for the right programme easier.

Here is an evolving list of summer schools to consider for 2016.

Suggestions for additions to this list are welcome and appreciated. The list will be updated as new information becomes available or comes to my attention. Also, please see previous years’ lists for ideas.

Continental Europe

Rule of Law, Transitional Justice and Gender Politics

Grotius Centre, the Hague, Netherlands

July 4 – 8, 2016

Summer School in Human Rights Litigation

Open Society Justice Initiative and Central European University, Budapest

July 11 – 15, 2016

Summer School for Young Professionals

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy, Nuremberg Germany

August 1 – 12, 2016

Negotiating Peace and Justice: Transitional Justice in Peace Processes

International Center for Transitional Justice with Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC), Barcelona

June 6 – 10, 2016

UK and Ireland

Summer School on International Human Rights Law

University of Oxford, UK

July 10 – August 6, 2016

Essex Human Rights Summer School

University of Essex, UK

June 27 – July 1, 2016

The Rights of the Child

Nottingham University, UK

June 27 – July 1, 2016

Transitional Justice Summer School

Ulster University, Ireland

June 27 – July 1, 2016

North America

Summer Human Rights Institute in New York City

Fordham University, NYC

July 18 – 29, 2016

Summer School on International Humanitarian Law

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

May 29 – June 3, 2016

Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

June 20-24, 2016

Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Columbia University, NYC

This is a multi-course programme in which courses can be taken individually or combined for a certificate.


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