The Hague, Netherlands

Human Rights, Security and Development

when 16 July 2018 - 27 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1750

The Hague, City of International City of Peace, Justice and Security, boasts around 131 international institutes and 80 justice organizations and together with New York, Geneva and Vienna is one of the United Nations cities. Since 1913, the Peace Palace has been a centre of world justice, hosting the permanent Court of Arbitrations and the International Court of Justice. You'll also find, Oxfam International and OPCW, along with many other courts, tribunals and NGOs.
In this module students will be introduced to modern security challenges involving border disputes and questions of energy security, as well as the socio-economic development agenda of countries and population groups that have been suffering grave injustices and poverty.
While getting acquainted with some general (legal) theory and cases, students will experience how to work in reality with international issues through visits to the International Court of Justice, development cooperation organizations and institutions which encourage democratization. The program is both academic and practical (action-oriented) .
Examples of the lectures offered: the role of UNCLOS in resolving maritime disputes, questions of energy security in the Eastern Mediterranean, the role of the UN and NATO in global peace, the status of environmental refugees as well as questions of terrorism. The workshops are called Migration across the Mediterranean and Sustainable Development goals.
A the end of this module students will be challenged to build an integrated approach on how to achieve synergy of peace operations, state-formation, poverty reduction.

Course leader

Prof. Joris Voorhoeve and Vasilis Karakasis

Target group

The program is open to anyone who has completed their high school diploma (or equivalent) and has completed at least their first year bachelor degree level education. Applicants whose native tongue is not English, should have a good knowledge of the English language (Level B2 or higher). The Hague Summer School reserves the right to determine if applicants English language level is appropriate.

Course aim

1. Recognise (international) security challenges, affecting countries and/or population groups.
Develop the ability to take actions and the confidence to take risks to create opportunities for cooperation.

2. Familiarise with human rights.

3. Gain an insight into the workings of international organisations, NGOs and government organisations such as the International Red Cross, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, development organisations and democratic institutions.
Develop and build upon relations with other students from various educational backgrounds and nationalities.

4. Applying the theory and case studies by research and writing a research paper on international issues.

Credits info

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

Fee info

EUR 1750: You might be eligible to a discount. Please contact for more information on the fees.