Human Rights, Transitional Justice, and Environmental Protection
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Human Rights, Transitional Justice, and Environmental Protection Law Peace & Justice

For advanced law students and professionals | The Human Rights and Transitional Justice Summer School focuses on a different theme within the field of human rights and transitional justice each year. This year's focus will be on Environmental Protection. Past themes include Truth, Justice and Rule of Law Reform (2012), Human Rights Fact-Finding, Evidence and International Crimes (2013), Regional Responses to Conflict (2014), Justice, Reparations and Development (2015), Rule of Law, Transitional Justice and Gender Politics (2016), and Truth-Finding, Reparations and Remedies (2017).

  • Start date 09-07-18
  • Duration 5 days
  • Level Adv. Law | Professionals
  • Apply before 01-06-18
  • Location The Hague
  • Course fee 475

Course information

The Human Rights, Transitional Justice, and Environmental Protection Summer School will take place from 9 to 13 July 2018.

Target audience
This summer school is aimed at advanced students, researchers and professionals working in the field of transitional justice, human rights and/or environmental protection. Applicants with a background in other disciplines that are relevant to the theme of the summer school will be considered as well. The deadline for application is 1 June 2018. Applications that are received after the 1st of June will still be considered, but admission will depend on the availability of places.

Study load
The course includes about 25 hours of workshops, lectures and case studies, which require approximately 28 hours of preparation.

Academic content
This year’s Summer School on Human Rights and Transitional Justice addresses the confluence of two global crises: environmental protection and the response to mass atrocity.  Protection of the environment and natural resources is a key element in building a positive future after mass atrocity, but the law and practice in this area is unsettled and rapidly evolving. How can protecting the environment help build a positive peace?  Where do the laws of armed conflict fall short in preventing and remedying environmental harm?  Should the anthropocentric assumptions of international criminal law be challenged in the context of transitional justice and environmental harm after mass atrocity? The Summer School builds on the years of effort by the International Law Commission on armed conflict and the protection of the environment, as well as a multi-year project centered at Leiden University on jus post bellum and the protection of the environment.  Covering a range of pressing contemporary topics such as where environmental harm is potentially prohibited by international criminal law, legal frameworks for environmental justice, mechanisms of transitional justice, investments in extractive industries in the transition to peace, and case studies on issues such as environmental protection and the transition to peace in Sierra Leone and the UN Compensation Commission.

Class size
To ensure active participation and exchange with teaching staff and fellow participants, a maximum of 40 participants will be admitted to this course.

Why this Summer School?

The Human Rights, Transitional Justice, and Environmental Protection Summer School offers a unique opportunity to learn from well-known and influential academics and practitioners in the field of human rights, transitional justice and environmental protection.The Summer School consists of a series of interactive lectures and roundtable discussions. The course also provides for 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!

Practical information

This course is held at the new Leiden University premises in the city centre of The Hague, Location Wijnhaven. To learn more about The Hague, please visit The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice  and This is The Hague.

The Grotius Centre does not provide housing but we will be happy to assist you in finding a suitable place to stay. Here are some options for accommodation in The Hague

Course fees

The tuition fee for the 2018 session is €475. 

Fee waiver
We are happy to be offering 2 fee waivers for the 2018 edition of this Summer School (applications must be received before 15 May 2018). To be considered for this opportunity, we ask prospective participants to mention this in the motivation letter requested during the application procedure. It should be accompanied by an explanation on why you would like to receive a fee waiver, the reason you need it and how this relates to your job / future prospects. Please note that the fee waiver only covers the course fee and does not include accommodation, transport or any further expenses.

What's included?
The fee includes a hard copy of "Environmental Protection and Transitions from Conflict to Peace" (Oxford University Press), access to the course materials, a certificate of participation, an information briefing at one of the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague, lunches and refreshments on class days, a welcome dinner in the city centre, a drinks reception at The Hague municipality and a farewell dinner at the beach.


To apply please complete the online application form.
The application should be completed at once as data cannot be saved. Therefore, make sure to have the following documents ready before starting the application:

1. A copy of your curriculum vitae;
2. A cover letter (one page) in which you clearly explain why you are applying for this course;
3. A recent portrait picture.

Please note that:

  • Prior knowledge of human rights/law/transitional justice is required.
  • All courses are taught in English. An official certificate of language proficiency is not required but you need to be fluent in English to be able to understand the classes and to interact with fellow students.
  • Only complete applications are considered.
  • All applications are dealt with on an individual basis.
  • Provided you are considered eligible, you will receive a pre-admission email.
  • Your admission to the course will be final once the payment of the fee is made.
  • The deadline for application is 1 June 2018. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly advised.

Lecturers and speakers

Daniëlla Dam-de Jong (academic coordinator), Assistant Professor of International Law, Leiden University

Jens Iverson (academic coordinator), Assistant Professor of International Law, Leiden University

Michael A. Becker, PhD Researcher, Gonville & Caius College, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Reinhold Gallmetzer, Appeals Counsel, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court & Chairperson, Center for Climate Crime Analysis

Matthew Gillett, Trial Lawyer, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

Cymie Payne, Associate Professor, Rutgers University

Giulia Pinzauti, Assistant Professor of International Law, Leiden University

William Schabas, Professor of Human Rights and International Criminal Law, Leiden University

Britta Sjöstedt, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public International Law, Lund University

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"Incredible opportunity to meet with leading professionals in their field"

Human Rights, Transitional Justice, and Environmental Protection


"The teaching staff were excellent and the learning environment encouraged the exchange of views and experiences."

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