|Course level||Advanced Bachelor/Master, open to PhD staff and professionals|
|Recommended course combination||Session 1: International Criminal Justice|
||3 August July to 17 August 2019
|Co-ordinating lecturer||Dr Yarin Eski, Dr Marijn Hoijtink
|Form(s) of tuition||Lectures, seminars, excursions|
|Form(s) of assessment||A short written assignment (app. 1000-1500 words) in the form of a blog|
Course discussion questions include: How far can we take civilian surveillance in the fight against terrorism? How can we regulate illicit trade, in arms for example? Or could and should we ban the arms trade altogether? How can we hold the perpetrators of crimes accountable? And of course, just as important is the age-old and crucial question of “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” or “Who watches the watchmen?”
The social sciences fulfil a pivotal role in asking these and other challenging questions, and delivering critical perspectives and insights to policy-makers, practitioners and citizens, so that balanced policy decisions can be made. Shaping critical evidence-based policing and security policy starts in the classroom. This Summer School course in Transnational Policing, Security and Justice offers a varied, interdisciplinary programme based on insights from leading researchers and practitioners in the field. Using these insights, we will discuss current issues of radicalization, illicit trade, corruption, cyber security and the effects of policing and security policy on our communities, or on human rights and justice in general.
The city of Amsterdam (a cultural melting pot known for its open-mindedness) and the nearby city of The Hague (home to the International Criminal Court and Europol) are ideal locations for exploring these questions. The lecturers involved in the Summer School can draw on an extensive network of practitioners in the field of transnational policing and security and will invite guest speakers from Dutch and international public organizations (e.g. Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, Europol, Customs), non-governmental organizations (e.g. PAX, Small Arms Survey), the private sector (e.g. Schiphol Airport Security, G4S) and the world of journalism.
VU Amsterdam has a wealth of research expertise in the area of policing and security and offers a wide range of relevant Master’s programmes on these topics, including Law and Politics of International Security, International Crimes and Criminology, Political Science: International Relations and Transnational Governance, and Bestuurskunde: Besturen van de Veiligheid (in Dutch only). VU Amsterdam also offers an interdisciplinary minor on Peace and Conflict Studies.
Dr Yarin Eski is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Security and Social Resilience Knowledge Hub (KVV) of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He previously worked as a senior lecturer in policing studies at Liverpool John Moores University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom. Yarin is the author of the book Policing, Port Security and Crime Control (Routledge 2016). His other publications include theoretical and empirical work on (maritime) security, ethnography, professional identities, socio-cultural aspects of policing, the use of force and accountability, biography, the arms trade, illegal drug trafficking, corruption, undermining democracy, genocide and existentialism. He is currently working on A Criminological Biography of an Arms Trader (Routledge forthcoming 2018) and an edited volume on Genocide and Victimology (Routledge forthcoming 2019).
“Taught in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, this Summer School course enables students to advance their knowledge of 21st-century security and policing challenges. Renowned international scholars share their specialist expertise and critical knowledge, supplemented by domestic and foreign practitioners’ perspectives and practices. The course includes visits to relevant local sites of transnational policing, security and justice.”
Dr Marijn Hoijtink is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at VU Amsterdam. Her work focuses on security, war, militarism and the role of technology. Her most recent project, funded by an NWO Veni grant, studies advances in artificial intelligence and robotics in warfare and the ways in which decisions are taken by engineers in the design process on issues such as who can be killed, when and to what effect. Marijn Hoijtink coordinates and teaches on the LLM Law and Politics of International Security. She is also the coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies minor at VU Amsterdam.
“This Summer School course is a unique opportunity to study a range of pressing and contemporary issues in the field of security and policing from an interdisciplinary perspective. The programme is taught by leading scholars in the field, assisted by a variety of high-level practitioners.”