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 01-07-19
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Level Students | Professionals
  • Apply before 01-05-19
  • Location The Hague
  • Course fee 1150 - 1300

Course information

The 17th edition of the International Criminal Law Summer School will take place from 1 to 12 July 2019. 

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. 

Academic content
Students will be immersed in the field through lectures and exercises dealing 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. The programme for the 2019 edition will be made public soon. 

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 International 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!

Practical information

Course fees
The tuition fee for the 2019 session is €1300. We offer a special early bird fee of €1150 to the participants who register before 1 February 2019 (payment due by 1 March 2019). Leiden University students, students from partner universities, and participants who have registered for at least another Grotius Centre summer school in 2019 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 course materials, a certificate of participation, an information briefing at the International Criminal Court, lunches and refreshments on class days, a course dinner and a drinks reception. 

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


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 2019. ​Applications that are received afterwards will still be considered, but admission will depend on the availability of places. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly advised.

Lecturers and speakers

The speakers from the 2018 edition are listed in the previous edition programme.

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

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

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

Philipp Ambach, Chief, Victims Participation and Reparations Section, International Criminal Court

Gilbert Bitti, Senior Legal Adviser, International Criminal Court

Niels Blokker, Professor of International Institutional Law, Leiden University

Mohamed El Zeidy, Legal Officer, International Criminal Court

Benajmin Gumpert, Senior Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court

Dov Jacobs, Assistant Professor in Public International Law, Leiden University

Michael Karnavas, International Criminal Defence Counsel

Julian Nicholls, Senior Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court

Rod Rastan, Legal Adviser, International Criminal Court

Geoff Roberts, Defence Counsel, Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Colleen Rohan, Vice-President, Association of Defence Counsel practicing before the International Courts and Tribunals

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

Gregory Townsend, Lecturer in International Law, The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Kweku Vanderpuye, Senior Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court

More information

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


"The course was exceptionally organized and truly international."

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