Netherlands, The Hague

Heritage Destruction, Human Rights and International Law

when 26 August 2019 - 30 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 950

The Summer School on Heritage Destruction, Human Rights and International Law is a collaboration between the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development. The second edition of the Summer School on Heritage Destruction, Human Rights and International Law will be held in The Hague from Monday 26 to Friday 30 August 2019.

This unique programme gives a broad overview of heritage protection in international law with a particular emphasis on heritage destruction. The course offers a range of opportunities to test the acquisition of knowledge and participants will engage with some of the most current debates concerning the role of international law in dealing with heritage destruction. In particular, participants will acquire a solid understanding of how heritage is protected in international law; the rules governing that protection in armed conflict and in peace time; the link between heritage and human rights, and the increasing case law from international criminal courts treating heritage destruction as a war crime and as crimes against humanity.

Why this course?
Historically, heritage has always been targeted in times of conflict and transition for its symbolic value. However, the difference between historical acts of iconoclasm and the destruction of heritage sites today is that we now have a general consensus, embodied in the corpus of international law, that intentionally destroying cultural heritage is an international wrong and, except in the case of absolute military necessity, constitutes a war crime and potentially a crime against humanity. In addition, heritage is increasingly recognised as having a strong human rights dimension.
The Summer School offers a unique opportunity to learn from well-known and influential academics and leading practitioners. You will gain first-hand knowledge of international law governing heritage protection, as well as the role of international courts in prosecuting heritage destruction in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. The course also offers plenty of opportunities to network with fellow students and practitioners from all over the world. And last but not least, The Hague is a wonderful place to stay!

Course leader

Dr. Joseph Powderly, Associate Professor in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, Leiden University
Dr. Amy Strecker, Assistant Professor in Heritage & Governance, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University

Target group

This Summer School is open to students and professionals who would like to acquire a general knowledge of how heritage destruction is dealt with in international law, in times of conflict and in peace.

Credits info

The participants will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme.
Furthermore, we can issue a statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits we would assign to this course, based on the number of hours in class, preparation time and assignments, keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 hours of study. Your university can then evaluate this course and decide whether they will indeed award ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 950: The regular tuition fee for the 2019 session is €950.
The fee includes access to the course materials, a certificate of participation, a visit to one of the International Courts and Tribunals of The Hague, lunches and refreshments on class days, a course dinner, and a drinks reception.
EUR 800: We offer a special early bird fee of €800 to the participants who register before 1 February 2019 (payment due by 1 March 2019). Leiden University students, students from partner universities, and participants who have registered for at least another Grotius Centre summer school in 2019 also pay a reduced fee of €800.


Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.

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