The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia is one of several major legal organizations that program participants will visit.

Academic Activities

The Hague is the third-largest city in the Netherlands and is the country’s seat of government, housing the First Chamber, the Second Chamber, the Estates-General, the Supreme Court and many other law-making bodies. In 1899, the world’s first Peace Conference took place in The Hague.

As a result of its rich legacy in international politics, The Hague is also home to over 150 international organizations. Integral to the academic program are visits to major courts and legal institutions located in The Hague, where students will have the opportunity to meet and spend time with practitioners, and to observe hearings or proceedings when in progress. Institutions visited in 2013 include:

  • International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • International Criminal Court
  • The Special Tribunal for Lebanon



In prior years, several participants pursued internships directly related to international criminal law. For instance, one student interned with the Voice of the Victims project at the ICTY and another worked with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, monitoring proceedings at the Domestic War Crimes Chamber in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Students have also interned with ICTY defense teams, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and with the Documentation Center of Cambodia on issues related to public access to proceedings of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

The Hague is located on the North Sea; many afternoons and weekends are free for students to explore and enjoy the city and its surroundings.

photo: Chante Lasco



Extracurricular Activities

The program includes many opportunities for participants to meet informally with other students, researchers and practitioners in the international justice field.  Additionally, students will have most afternoons and weekends free to explore the city. The Hague is a vibrant, cosmopolitan place with a wide array of museums and cultural institutions to visit. Its North Sea beaches make it a popular tourist destination and it plays host to many international cultural events in the summer.   

Since experiencing the culture is integral to the Program, students will travel to Amsterdam at no additional cost. While there, they will explore the culture and character of the Netherlands' largest city. Trips to other destinations in the region are up to the students themselves.  Some have used their free weekends to take more ambitious excursions; Paris is just under four hours away by train, and London is just under six. 

Program participants will travel to Amsterdam at no additional cost.

photo: Julian Coccia