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Bilingual Summer School on International Criminal Law

 

 

The bilingual Summer School on International Criminal Law 2010

 

Participants from all over the world came together in The Hague from the 21st of June to the 2nd of July to attend the bilingual Summer School on International Criminal Law (English and French). Through lectures given by various influential academics as well as practitioners working at the courts and tribunals in The Hague, the intense two-week programme provided a great opportunity for the participants to deepen their knowledge in the field.

 

An extensive cross-examination exercise and a Moot Court competition formed part of the programme. Further, a visit was organized to the International Criminal Court and to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The participants enjoyed the mix between a practical as well as an academic outlook on international criminal law.

 

Lectures were held in French or English and simultaneous translation was provided throughout the summer school.

 

Speakers for the bilingual Summer School Programme

 

The Grotius Centre is proud to have welcomed the following speakers for the programme:

 

Dr. Carsten Stahn

Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

Philippe Kirsch

Judge for the International Criminal Court fom 2003 to 2009 and was the Court's first President

Dr. Eric De Brabandere

Lecturer in International Law at Leiden University’s Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

Hirad Abtahi

The first Legal Adviser to the Presidency of the ICC

 

Professor Niels Blokker

Professor of International Institutional Law at Leiden University

Dr. Larissa van den Herik

Associate Professor of Public International Law and Editor in Chief of the Leiden Journal of International Law

Cynthia Chamberlain

Legal Officer in the Trial Division of the International Criminal Court

Eric David

Professor at the Free University of Brussels (B.L.U.)

Michael Karnavas

Defence Counsel at the International Criminal Court

 

Stéphane Bourgon

Defence Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Guénaël Mettraux

Defence Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Thomas Wayde Pittman

Senior Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Professor William A. Schabas

Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he also holds the chair in human rights law, author of twenty-one books dealing in whole or in part with international human rights law. Former member of Sierra Leone’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Gilbert Bitti

Senior Legal Adviser to the Pre-Trial Division of the International Criminal Court

Eric Macdonald

Senior Trial Lawyer with the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC

Colleen Rohan

Member of the Bureau undertaking international legal cases and providing advice, consultancy and training services to governments, international organisations, and private clients, lecturer on international criminal law

Deborah Ruiz Verduzco

Senior Programme Officer of the International Law and Human Rights Programme at Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and the Head of PGA's office in The Hague

Dov Jacobs

PhD Researcher European University Institute, Florence and Research Fellow, Asser Institute

Rod Rastan

Legal Advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court

 

 

For an impression, please see the photos below

 

Opening lecture by Philippe Kirsch:

 

Cross-Examination exercise by Michael Karnavas:

 

Grotius Centre - scene:

 

Pleadings during the Moot Court:

 

 

Comments made by the participants of the 2010 session

 

  • “I loved the level of expertise of the lecturers plus the mix of academics and practitioners”

 

  • “The cross-examination exercise was the most appealing feature of the Summer School for me. Just to the point and stimulating. Karnavas did an amazing job with the preparation”

 

  • “An enriching training, quality interventions with very interesting lecturers and training exercises”

 

  • “The lecturers were excellent and made sure we got the best of this summer school in such a limited period of time”

 

  • “The perspective of practitioners made the course excellent, the presenters spoke with knowledge and passion for their work”

 

Previous session

 

For photos of the bilingual Summer School 2009 please click here

Please check last year's programme here.  

 

 

 

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