The Hague, Netherlands

Rule of Law, Transitional Justice and Gender Politics

when 4 July 2016 - 8 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 900

Transitions from conflict to peace mark transformative moments for accountability, justice and gender politics. In many contexts, the very process of transition presents new opportunities to rethink existing gender narratives and inequalities. But it also creates certain frictions in relation to gender conceptions (e.g. feminism versus gender inclusiveness), patterns of victimization or agency. In contemporary international practice, there is tendency to ‘mainstream’ gender discourses into legal and political responses. This summer school takes a critical look at this phenomenon. It explores how different institutional approaches, bodies of law and school of thoughts shape gender discourses and conceptions. It pays particular attention to the framing and implications of international criminal justice on gender discourses. It studies newly emerging approaches towards gender justice in different fields, such as peace settlements, international jurisprudence, fact-finding and reparation practices, as well as violence against boys and men. It also addresses tensions that arise in the interplay of these different fields (e.g., human rights, criminal law, development). It draws on specific country experiences (e.g. former Yugoslavia, ICC situation countries) to examine the nexus between international responses and local context. It further studies gender politics and complementarity.


•Gender narratives and politics
•Gender justice in the field
•Violence against boys and men
•Developments in international jurisprudence and prosecutorial practices
•Fact-finding and gender
•Gender politics and complementarity
•Reparation policies and practices

Confirmed faculty for the 2016 edition:

•Justice Teresa Doherty, Judge at the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone
•Michelle Jarvis, Principal Legal Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
•Dr. Chris Dolan, Director Refugee Law Project, Makerere University
•Dr. Catherine O’Rourke, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law, Transitional Justice Institute & School of Law, Ulster University
•Prof. William Schabas, Professor of Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law, Leiden University
•Marieke Wierda, Transitional Justice Expert
•Dr. Alejandro Kiss, Legal Officer at the Trial Division of the Chambers of the ICC

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Carsten Stahn, Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at Leiden Law School and Programme Director of the Grotius Centre in The Hague.

Target group

Advanced students and professionals.

Course aim

To gain in-depth knowledge on issues relating to the theme of Rule of Law, Transitional Justice and Gender Politics.

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 900: The fee includes lunches and refreshments on class days, course materials, a field trip to an international institution in The Hague, a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner at the beach.


A limited number of fee waivers are available for this course. If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, please send us a separate request in which you clearly state why you should be considered for the fee-waiver.