The project of securing peace, justice, and human rights through global justice mechanisms, such as the International Criminal Court, began well before the first and second World Wars. In 1899 in The Hague, the largest Dutch city on the North Sea, 26 different countries agreed to build an international institution to end war: The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). The ideal was not reached, but the Peace Palace, built by Andrew Carnegie to provide a symbolic home to the PCA, stands in The Hague today as a monument to the idealism which inspired its creation. Now home to both the PCA and the ‘World Court’ of the United Nations, the Peace Palace continues to inspire the international community to secure peace and global justice for all. The United Nations, which was created “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” is a clear legacy to the vision expressed in 1899. The legacy is simply stated but not easily attained: to realize peace through international law.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the international community’s most recent attempt to realize peace through law. By holding accountable the individuals responsible for the most heinous crimes – war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity – the ICC is premised on the belief that accountability is necessary to secure global peace and prosperity. But the court is young – having decided its first case in March 2012. Although the United States has led many efforts in the project of global justice and human rights, it is not currently a member of the ICC.
This class focuses on the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, this class is not just for students interested in courts and law. In fact, the primary objective of this six week, six credit course is to have the student understand the connection between the ICC and The Hague and appreciate the diverse range of skill sets involved in realizing peace through international law. The fact is the ICC is not just a court of law, but it is an innovative “global justice tool” which has a number of different "non-legal" departments such as outreach, public relations, and witness counseling. Further, the ICC is premised on a novel conception of criminal justice that profoundly involves the victims of atrocious crimes. To appreciate the ICC's complex operation, students will not only attend trial proceedings at the ICC, but they will also learn from lawyers, psychologists, journalists, and other personnel from various divisions of the ICC.
The first two weeks of this course will be held on the Mt. Pleasant campus of CMU and will focus on philosophical theories that are pertinent to the course. The last 4 weeks will be spent in The Netherlands. Students will live in a hostel style housing facility in The Hague.
The class blog, which contains multiple entries from the students who have participated in the class can be accessed at:
Approximate Program Dates:
May 26 - June 3 (Mt. Pleasant), June 8 - July 7, 2017 (The Netherlands)
The Hague is the seat of government in the Netherlands.
The first two weeks of this course will be held on the Mt. Pleasant campus of CMU and will focus on philosophical theories that are pertinent to human rights. The student will also be introduced to the basics of the Court and its jurisprudence. The last 4 weeks will be spent in The Netherlands.
Participants will earn PHL 397 (6 credits) for successful completion of this program.
This course does not fulfill the UP IV B requirement.
Students will stay in a hotel/hostel style setting in The Hague. The accommodations are a training and study hotel for students.
2017 Estimated Expenses
Program fees: $4,310-$4,610 (includes housing, field trips, international health insurance, CMU administrative fee, and a public transportation card).
Additional Fees: Tuition (6 credits), airfare, meals, passport ($135), and spending money.
Additional Eligibility Requirements:
An intrinsic interest in human rights and tangible evidence of this interest.
Interview with the faculty leader.
Minimum 3.00 GPA.
How to Apply:
Please contact Dr. Hope May (firstname.lastname@example.org, 033 Anspach Hall).
Excursions May Include:
Peace Palace: The Hague, Netherlands
Escher Museum: The Hague, Netherlands
Nieuwe Kerk: Delft
Humanity House: The Hague, Netherlands
Stories from Abroad:
Read stories from CMU students who have studied in the Netherlands.
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