The Hague, Netherlands

Human Rights, Security and Development

when 1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1750

During The Hague Summer School 2019 this course is offered twice: July 1-12 & July 15-26.

We live in turbulent times marked by terrorism, climate change, economic crises and international conflicts. The Civil War in Syria, the Conflict with Russia and the struggle for political hegemony and resources in the Eastern Mediterranean Region continue to dominate the headlines.

International institutions such as the EU, the UN, and NATO are constantly looking for ways to manage the seemingly growing complexity that defines our world. Although people are richer and more connected than ever before, the economic gap between them appears to widen continuously.

Before concrete recommendations and policies can be made, it is important to understand the underlying factors which underpin the challenges we face. You will examine matters of history, politics, economics, culture and anthropology. You will be challenged to explore and uncover the root causes of the grievances that define current conflicts. You will dig deeper than the newspaper headlines, the misleading soundbites and the fake news.

You can begin your journey right here at The Hague University of Applied Sciences with the Human Rights, Security and Development module. While getting acquainted with some general theory and cases, students will experience how to work with international issues through visits to the International Court of Justice, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The program is both academic and action-oriented. Examples of the lectures offered include: Questions of Energy Security in Europe, the Conflicts in Ukraine and the Eastern Mediterranean, the Formation of the Modern Middle East, the role of the UN and NATO in global peacekeeping, as well as matters of cyber security and non-state actors. The workshops and simulations are Geopolitics and Energy Security on Europe’s Eastern borders. At the end of the course, students will be challenged to build an integrated approach on how to achieve a synergy of peace operations, state-formation, energy security and poverty reduction.

The Hague, otherwise known as the City of Peace, Justice and Security, boasts around 131 international institutions and over 80 major organizations. Together with New York, Geneva and Vienna, it is one of the major United Nations cities and is commonly referred to as the legal capital of the world. Since 1913, the Peace Palace has been at the centre of global justice, hosting the permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice. Oxfam International and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), along with many other courts, tribunals and NGOs make their home here.

Course leader

Joris Voorhoeve, Ilia K Barboutev, Vasilis Karakasis.

Target group

The program is open to anyone who has obtained the high school diploma (or its equivalent) and has at least completed the first year of their bachelor degree. All applicants should have a good command of English (Level B2 or higher). The Hague Summer School reserves the right to determine if the level of applicants' English is satisfactory.

Course aim

To recognise (international) security challenges, affecting countries and/or population groups.

To develop the ability to take actions and the confidence to take risks to create opportunities for cooperation.

To familiarise the students with human rights.

To gain an insight into the workings of international organisations, NGOs and government organisations such as the Organisation
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, The International Court of Justice, development organisations and democratic institutions.

To develop and build upon relations with other students from various educational backgrounds and nationalities.

To apply the theory and case studies by research and writing a research paper on international issue

Credits info

3 EC
The Hague Summer School is assigned ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The two week program is worth 4 ECTS and the four week program is worth 8 ECTS.
Detailed programme descriptions and outlines, in order to facilitate the credit transfer, will be provided to the students.

Fee info

EUR 1750: Regular fee.
EUR 1650: If you sign up for the Hague Summer School 2019 before April 22, you are eligible for an early bird fee of EUR 1,650 for 1 period (2 weeks) or EUR 3,200 for 2 periods (4 weeks). You might be eligible for further discounts, please contact for more information.