Amsterdam, Netherlands

Transnational Policing, Security and Justice

when 3 August 2019 - 17 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1150

Policing and security have become key priorities in regional, national and international politics and policy-making. At the same time, they are issues at the centre of polarizing political and public debate on the protection of justice, citizenship and human rights.
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.

Course leader

Dr Yarin Eski, Dr Marijn Hoijtink

Target group

Advanced Bachelor’s and Master’s students, who have a keen and demonstrable interest in matters of transnational policing, security and justice. We encourage students from all disciplinary backgrounds to apply. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Course aim

• To enhance students’ critical understanding of the potential and limits of competing theoretical approaches to transnational policing, security and justice.
• To familiarize students with specific problems in international and domestic security, including (cross-border) crime, port security and illicit trade, arms trade, radicalization, terrorism, private security, accountability, justice and human rights.
• To teach students to apply the ideas and concepts covered in the course in order to develop a critical analysis of transnational policing and security and the way in which they are governed.
• To stimulate active class debate, interaction and exchange of skills.
• To present findings persuasively in the form of a blog.
• To discover and explore practitioners’ views, and make the most of networking opportunities and cultural experiences.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact Hours: 45
If you want to earn more credits you can take courses in our other sessions to create a 4 or 6 week programme.

Fee info

EUR 1150: The tuition fee includes:
• Airport pick-up service
• Welcome goodie bag
• Orientation programme
• Course excursions
• On-site support
• Emergency assistance
• Transcript of records after completion of the course

An early bird discount of €150 is available for students who apply and pay before 15 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

There are also discounts for students who attend multiple sessions, combine 2 courses and receive a €200 discount and combine 3 to receive a €300 discount. All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered.


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship. More information about these scholarships can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School websi

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