For advanced students and professionals | This summer school focuses on the emergence of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) and intersex issues in different areas of international law, such as human rights law, refugee law and international criminal law. Special attention will be given to important test-cases that have helped achieve some international protection against homophobia and transphobia.
- Start date 30-07-18
- Duration 10 days
- Level Students | Professionals
- Location The Hague
- Course fee 1000 - 1150
This third edition of the Summer School 'Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law: Human Rights and Beyond' will take place from Monday 30 July to Wednesday 8 August 2018 in The Hague and Amsterdam. Participants are free to spend the weekends of 28-29 July and 4-5 August at Amsterdam Pride Week.
Legal and other professionals in governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as advanced students are invited to apply. Completion of at least one year of university education is required, as is some knowledge of law, human rights and SOGI issues.The deadline for application is 1 May 2018. Applications that are received after 1 May will still be considered, but admission will depend on the availability of places.
The programme focuses on the emergence of SOGI and intersex issues in different areas of international law. The first week focuses on human rights issues while the second part goes beyond this field and explores topics such as refugee law and international criminal law. Some lectures will focus specifically on sexual orientation, on gender identity/expression, or on sex characteristics, while other sessions will focus on specific regions (including Africa, Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia). Special attention will be given to important test-cases that have helped to achieve some international protection against homophobia and transphobia. Themes include: global and regional human rights mechanisms, sexual and gender minorities in refugee law, protection for women and LGBTIs in international law.
The course includes about 40 hours of workshops, lectures and case studies, which require approximately 50 hours of preparation.
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 course?
This summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn from established academics from Leiden University, as well as from world-renowned legal experts from eslewhere, many of whom have been involved in test-cases that have helped to achieve international protection against homophobia and transphobia. Leiden University's Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague is home to the world's only university chair in Comparative Sexual Orientation Law.
The summer school provides a platform to network with fellow participants and speakers from all over the world. In each of the previous editions there were participants from at least five continents. And last but not least, this summer school allows you to discover two vibrant Dutch cities: The Hague and Amsterdam.
Programme (subject to changes)
|Monday 30 July||Welcome |
UN Human Rights Committee
Right to marry
|Tuesday 31 July||Focus on Africa |
Focus on Asia
|Wednesday 1 August||Intersex issues |
Public event 'Rights Out There'
|Thursday 2 August||European Court of Human Rights |
Focus on the Caribbean
|Friday 3 August||Inter-America Court of Human Rights |
UN Human Rights Council
|Monday 6 August||International criminal law |
Focus on Middle East
|Tuesday 7 August||International refugee law and more|
|Wednesday 8 August||Conclusions |
Presentation of certificates
Please note that during the week preceding the Summer School, the very interesting World Aids Conference will be held in Amsterdam, see www.aids2018.org. During the weekend of 28-29 July, participants are free to take part in opening events of Amsterdam Pride Week. During the weekend of 4-5 August, participants are free to go and see the famous Pride Parade of boats in Amsterdam's canals on Saturday and to the concert on Sunday.
This course is held at the new Leiden University premises in The Hague, Wijnhaven, from Monday to Wednesday both weeks. Additional workshops and activities will take place in Amsterdam from Wednesday 1 August evening to Friday 3 August afternoon. To learn more about The Hague, please visit The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice and This is The Hague. For information about Amsterdam please visit I amsterdam and the Pride Amsterdam 2018 website.
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. It is recommended that participants find accommodation in The Hague from 29 July until 1 August and from 5 until 8 August, and in Amsterdam from 1 until 5 August. However, the train connection between the cities is very good (takes less than one hour), so participants may also choose to find housing in one of the two cities, also as classes mostly start at 10.30 am.
The tuition fee for the 2018 session is €1150. We offer a special Early Bird fee of €1000 to the participants who register before 15 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 €1000.
The fee includes access to course materials, a certificate of participation, an information briefing at the International Criminal Court, lunches and refreshments on class days, a welcome dinner, transfer from The Hague to Amsterdam on Wednesday 1 August, and a farewell lunch.
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:
- Some prior knowledge of law, human rights or SOGI issues is required, plus at least one year of university education.
- 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. Applications that are received after 1 May will still be considered, but admission will depend on the availability of places.
Lecturers and speakers
Kees Waaldijk (academic coordinator of this summer school), Professor of Comparative Sexual Orientation Law, Leiden University
Seun Bakare, PhD candidate at Leiden Law School
Lisa Davis, Clinical Professor of Law for the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, CUNY
Benjamin Moron-Puech, Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris
Katinka Ridderbos, Senior Research & Information Officer, Division of International Protection, UNHCR
Renée Römkens, Director, Atria & Professor of Gender Based Violence. University of Amsterdam
Joel Simpson, managing director of SASOD (Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination)
Jessica Stern, Executive Director, OutRight Action International
Saskia Wieringa, Professor of Gender and Women's Same-Sex Relations Crossculturally, University of Amsterdam
Robert Wintemute, Professor of Human Rights Law, King's College London
Jingshu Zhu, PhD graduate, Leiden Law School
This list is subject to changes
- Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
- Martine Wierenga, Programme Manager
- Tinia De Bruycker, Programme Officer