Serbia & Montenegro, Belgrade

Causes and Consequences of Conflict and Intervention: will lessons ever be learned?

when 23 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 480

In studying conflicts, we see quickly that no matter their particularities and specificities, there are common themes and threads, why then do they continue not only to arise but to carry on for so many years? For many, the answer lies in the nature of the international system and its fundamental organising principle, that of state sovereignty, whereby states are considered to have authority over a defined and internationally recognised territory, protected from external intervening forces. As with so many rights and principles, it was never intended that sovereignty be unconstrained. In 2005, in reaffirmation of this idea of “constrained sovereignty” but also as a response to successive, sometimes illegitimate and/or illegal interventions into the sovereign affairs of states, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

R2P has since been widely debated by reason of the emphasis it places on achieving justice for people, placing obligations on states to protect the wellbeing of their citizens and to face the possibility of a military intervention when they fail to do so. However, less than 15 years after R2P, circumstances are suggestive of a limited and certainly wavering commitment to the principle of rights protection as the larger and longer scale consequences of intervention have been revealed.

In this course, students will be introduced to the underpinning concepts and competing understandings of (non-)intervention in situations of conflict. Students will learn to identify and deliver a critical analysis of those factors that shape conflict and international, regional and national responses to it. Emphasis is placed on the application of concepts and theories to real-life scenarios, examining a combination of historical and ongoing cases that offer insights for us as analysts.

Course leader

Dr. Maxine David (University of Leiden, Netherlands)

Credits info

5 EC
Students who complete the course requirements may transfer the course credit to their home institution (5 ECTS).

Fee info

EUR 480: Full Tuition: 480 EUR (worldwide)

*Early Bird Special Tuition Discount for applications that arrive by January 31, 2019!
**Former CFCCS Summer School participants qualify for the special tuition discount.
EUR 250: Reduced Tuition: 250 EUR

To qualify for Reduced Tuition, Summer School applicants need to be citizens of and to currently reside in one of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Israel, Kosovo, Palestine, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey.

*Early Bird Special Tuition Discount for applications that arrive by January 31, 2019!
**Former CFCCS Summer School participants qualify for the special tuition discount.


We are offering 8 scholarships for strong PhD applicants from selected countries to participate in the 2019 International Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies. For more information, visit our website