International Criminal Law: From Theory To Practice
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International Criminal Law: From Theory To Practice Law Peace & Justice

For Law Students and Professionals | This summer school enables students and professionals from all over the world to engage in discussions on the prospects and challenges of international criminal justice. It combines the unique location in The Hague, the international City of Peace and Justice, with the academic expertise of Leiden Law School.

  • Start date 02-07-18
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Level Students | Professionals
  • Location The Hague
  • Course fee 1150 - 1300

Course information

The 16th edition of the International Criminal Law Summer School will take place from 2 to 13 July 2018.

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. 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 May 2018. Applications that are received after the 1st of May will still be considered, but admission will depend on the availability of places.

Academic content
Students at the International Criminal Law Summer School will be immersed in International Criminal Law during the two weeks they spend in The Hague. The lectures, workshops and exercises will deal 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 explore the City of Peace and Justice and will visit a number of international institutions, such as the International Criminal Court. 

Study load
The course includes about 50 hours of lectures, practical exercises and educational field trips, which require aproximately 65 hours of preparation.

Class size
A maximum of 75 participants will be admitted to this course.

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 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!

Draft Programme 

Keynote Address
Current Challenges to International Criminal Law
Introduction to Mooting
Welcome Dinner
TuesdayCrimes against Humanity
War Crimes
Introduction to Cross-Examination
WednesdayThe Crime of Aggression
Gender Crimes
Visit to the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
ThursdayInternational Law and the War on Terror
Cyber Warfare and International Criminal Law
FridayCross-examination Exercise
Drinks Reception
MondayCommand Responsibility
Individual Criminal Responsibility
Victims at the International Criminal Court
Group Work
WednesdayRights of the Accused
Building a Prosecution Case
Building a Defence Case
Group Work
ThursdayVisit to the International Criminal Court
Group Work
FridayMoot Court Exercise
Farewell Dinner

Practical information

This course is held in the city centre of The Hague, at Leiden University, 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 €1300. We offer a special Early Bird fee of €1150 to the participants who register before 1 March 2018. Leiden University students, students from partner universities, and participants who have registered for at least another Grotius Centre summer school in 2018 also pay a reduced fee of €1150. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.

What's included
The fee includes access to the wifi network of Leiden University, course materials, a hard-copy of An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure (Cryer et al.), a certificate of participation, an information briefing at the International Criminal Court, lunches and refreshments on class days, a welcome dinner in the city centre,  a drinks reception and a farewell banquet at Scheveningen 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 law 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 May 2018. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly advised.

Lecturers and speakers

Joseph Powderly (academic coordinator), Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University

Sergey Vasiliev (academic coordinator), Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University

Carsten Stahn, Programme Director of the Grotius Centre, Leiden University

Hirad Abtahi, First Legal Adviser to the Presidency, International Criminal Court

Gilbert Bitti, Senior Legal Adviser, International Criminal Court

Niels Blokker, Professor of International Institutional Law, Leiden University

Alexis Demirdjian, Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court

Mohamed El Zeidy, Legal Officer, International Criminal Court

Fabricio Guariglia, Director of Prosecution, International Criminal Court

Benjamin Gumpert, Senior Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court

Robert Heinsch, Associate Professor of Public International Law and Director of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law, Leiden University

Michael Karnavas, International Criminal Defence Counsel

Julian Nicholls, Senior Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court

Marie O'Leary, Counsel for the Office of Public Counsel for the Defence, International Criminal Court

Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Vice-President, International Criminal Court

Rod Rastan, Legal Adviser, International Criminal Court

Geoff Roberts, Defence Counsel, Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Colleen Rohan, President, Association of Defence Counsel (ADC-ICT)

Pubudu Sachithanandan, Prosecution Division of the Office of the Prosecutor, ICC

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

Dmytro Suprun, Counsel for the Office of Public Counsel for Victims, International Criminal Court

Gregory Townsend, Chief of the ICTY Court Support Services Section, ICTY

Kweku Vanderpuye, Senior Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court

Alix Vuillemin Grendel, Consultant - International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch

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International Criminal Law: From Theory To Practice
International Criminal Law: From Theory To Practice


"Many great speakers who have contributed to the field of International Criminal Law"

International Criminal Law: From Theory To Practice


“The course provided a magnificent program, esteemed lecturers, unbelievably valuable workshops and resulted in unforgettable friendships!”

International Criminal Law: From Theory To Practice


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