Brandeis University is pleased to announce that we are now accepting
applications to our 2012 summer abroad program in The Hague. Now in its
third year, Brandeis in The Hague gives liberal arts undergraduates a
close-up view of the international courts and tribunals found in the
Dutch city that has become famous as the “world capital of peace and
justice.” Students attend criminal trials dealing with Balkan genocide,
child soldiers, gender violence, and other war crimes, exploring how
international law uses criminal justice in the interests of peace.
Students also visit the historic Peace Palace to learn about the
settlement of disputes involving sovereign nations, in both the
International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
This six-week program stresses active engagement with judges and
prosecutors, with human rights specialists and legal experts, and with
young lawyers visiting The Hague from all parts of the world. It
combines field experience with rigorous classroom seminars and practical
workshops, supervised by Brandeis University faculty in cooperation with
the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University.
By the end of the program, students test their progress in a moot court
exercise, held under the rules of the International Criminal Court.
For the past two years, students completing this program have enriched
their final semesters of study both academically and personally. Their
immersion in court cases and justice debates has given them a fresh
sense of direction within their chosen major, whether it is politics,
history, economics, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, or area
studies. Students have also learned about growing career opportunities
in law, human rights, international development, and field research.
Applicants should bring strong academic skills, lively curiosity, and
the capacity to engage new points of view in constructive dialogue.
The Office of Study Abroad will review applications up until the closing
deadline of March 16, 2012.
If you would like to receive our program brochure
and poster, we would be pleased to send you hard copies in the mail. Our
website also houses a great short video about the program.