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War crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide harm people, disrupt societies and endanger global peace and security. In recent decades the international community has expressed its clear desire to end such atrocities and to prosecute those responsible. But designing effective “real-world” response strategies and understanding the underlying human behaviour remain extremely challenging. Only a multidisciplinary approach has any hope of success.
|Course level||Advanced Bachelor, open to professional|
||30 June to 14 July 2018|
|Session 2: Laws in Antiquity: Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World, Criminal Organization: An Economic Perspective|
Session 3: Crime in Numbers: From Correlation to Causation, Cybercrime: The Human Factor
|Co-ordinating lecturers||Dr Joris van Wijk, Maarten Bolhuis, Msc.
|Other lecturers||Prof. Elies van Sliedregt, Prof. Catrien Bijleveld, Dr Barbora Hola, guest lecturers|
|Form(s) of tuition||Interactive seminars and field trips|
|Form(s) of assessment||Presentation and short paper|
As host of the Centre for International Criminal Justice (CICJ), VU University Amsterdam is a leading player in research on international criminal law and the criminology of international crimes. The CICJ is an independent institute dedicated to interdisciplinary academic research and education, policy analysis and debate on international crimes and international and transitional justice, as well as conceptual and institutional responses to mass atrocities. Its staff specialize in a broad spectrum of relevant fields, including international law, criminal law, criminology, social psychology and methods of social sciences research, and it has an extensive network of associated practitioners at the institutions in The Hague.
At the end of this course, you:
Joris van Wijk is associate professor in criminology and directs the master International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology. His research interests lie at the intersection of international criminal justice, criminology and migration. He has been a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court and has published on a variety of topics which include: rehabilitation of war criminals, the asylum-terror nexus and victims of international crimes.
“Teaching this Summer school programme is the best start of summer! With a dedicated team of professors and the invited practitioners, we try to teach students as much as we can about recent developments in international criminal justice. Given the topic and the diverse group of students classes can be demanding and may even lead to serious and heated discussions. At the same time we don't forget that students also come to enjoy all the good things Amsterdam has to offer. A nice illustration how we try to combine the best of both worlds is one of our highlights in the second week: paintball according to the Geneva Conventions...”
Visits to the International Criminal Court, the Peace Palace, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague and – get ready! – Paintball according to the Geneva Conventions.