The Grotius Centre in The Hague welcomes American undergraduate students
Brandeis students highly positive about their study abroad experience at Grotius Centre The Hague and Leiden
In 2010 a new partnership between the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and Brandeis University was established, which resulted in the development of a six week summer abroad programme for Brandeis University students in Leiden and The Hague.
This summer, eighteen hard working undergraduate students and one teaching-assistant from Brandeis University joined the programme and were housed in Leiden University accommodation. On their first day in Leiden they were officially welcomed by Els Lemaire and the Grotius Centre staff at the Academy building. They were introduced to Leiden and its university and were taken on a walking tour through the historical city centre and the Hortus Botanicus.
During the first three weeks of the programme, students took classes in International Law at the Leiden Law School. These classes were taught by Professor Richard Gaskins (Brandeis University) and lecturers from Leiden University, including Professor Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. After these three weeks, the students were ready to join the Bilingual Summer School on International Criminal Law at Campus The Hague.
During this summer school in the International City of Peace and Justice the students underwent a total immersion in international criminal law. They had classes on issues as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and attended hearings at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the formal Yugoslavia. They also participated in a cross-examination exercise, taught by two experienced and talented practitioners from the field. One of the highlights of the bilingual summer school was the Moot Court, for which the Brandeis students worked very hard. After an exciting final against a French speaking team, one of the Brandeis teams finally won.
The undergraduate students were impressed by the many different countries and backgrounds from their fellow students, who ranged from Indian law students and African lawyers to professionals from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bhutan.
All participating Brandeis University students were extremely positive about their summer abroad experience. They felt inspired by their meetings with the bilingual summer school participants and the judges and practitioners from the International Courts and Tribunals, and would definitely recommend the programme to others. And while the summer of 2010 has only just finished, the Grotius Centre staff in The Hague has already started the preparation of summer 2011!