Index of Courses


Online Courses



Regular University Courses







Summer Schools and Seminars







Online Courses


                                Online Course     on the topic of Holocaust and Human Behavior

Event Fee: 325 $

                                                                Location: Online (



                                                                25-09-2008 - 19-11-2008



Training Courses


6-28 March 2008                 Training Course: Advanced Geneva Training Course in International Law and Advocacy (AGTC)

The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline application: 31 October 2007




Regular University Courses



·         University of Melbourne (Australia)

Course: Genocide, state crime and the law (post-graduate)

One semester, Semester 2 (annually)

Description: Examines the differing roles played by law and legal process in the wake of genocide and other forms of state crime. It will examine the limitations and potentials of law in addressing mass harm, in particular analyzing the role of law in societal reconstruction and reconciliation.

Teacher: Dr Jennifer Balint (



·         University of Melbourne (Australia)

Course: Violence and the Nation State (3rd Year Bachelor)

Semester 2 (annually)

Description: Examines the role of the nation-state in promoting, regulating and carrying out violence via case studies.

Teacher: David Tait




·         University of Manitoba (Canada)

Course: Criminology and genocide: Power, Terror and the Camps (Department of Sociology)

Offered annually: three months

Description: Course has the objective to explore the possibility of a criminological approach to genocide.

Teacher: Andrew Woolford (contact:




·         Leiden University (The Netherlands)

Course: Crimes in International Criminal Law

Course offered annually, master level

Description: The aim of this course is to provide in-depth insight into the elements of the four core crimes: aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes as they have been developed in international treaties, customary International Law and International and National Case Law. Each crime is discussed in detail in one or two consecutive lectures. Some historical background is given and the current definition of each crime is discussed mainly on the basis of the ICC Statute and case law of the ICTY and the ICTR.

Teachers: Dr. Larissa van den Herik, Dr. Jean D’Aspremont



·         Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

Course: Causes of Gross Human Rights Violations (Faculty of Law)

8 week course, offered annually (April-June), master level

Description: The focus of this multi-disciplinary course will give more insight in the causes of gross human rights violations by studying the role of the three main actors involved in gross human rights violations: 1. perpetrator, 2. victim, 3. bystander.  Who are these perpetrators? Why do they commit their crimes? Can everybody become a perpetrator? Are some of the main questions to be Answered during the course. Case studies include for example the Greek torture school (1967-1974) and Rwanda.

Teacher: Fred Grünfeld



·         Sciences Po, Paris (France)

Course: Génocides (Affaires Internationales) (French)

Offered annually in the Fall semester (October-January) Master Level

Description: This course uses case studies and comparative studies to give a general overview of the mechanisms involved in genocides. It attempts to understand the development of the latter and will use primarily psychological and legal approaches.

Teacher: Jaques Semelin



·         University College Maastricht (The Netherlands)

Course: The Atrocity Triangle: Perpetrators, Victims and Bystanders

8 week course, offered annually (November December), bachelor level

Description: this course deals with causes of Gross Human Rights Violations and the linkage between gross human rights violations and military conflicts in the world. The focus is on both the perpetrators and the bystanders to these crimes This is done by an interdisciplinary approach and by the analysis of different case studies.

Teachers: Fred. Grünfeld

Website: (p.125 of course catalogue)


·         Université de Liège, Belgium

Course: Psychologie des auteurs et victimes d'actes violents (French)

Offered annualy January-April, bachelor level

Description:  First part of the course is an analysis of different types of violent behavior in various aspects of the social life (family, school, public transport etc). The course then discusses the limits of what is considered normal, when do normal crimes develop into GHRV’s?

Teacher: Pierre Thys (contact:



·         University of Leuven (Belgium)

Course: Political Crimes and State Violations of Human Rights (Part of Master Program in European Criminology)

Second semester (annually)

Description: This course pays attention to a number of criminal types of behavior linked to political motives. Actions by state institutions or actions that happen in the consent of state institutions are examined with a specific focus on relations with society or with individual citizens

Teachers: Stephan Parmentier



·         University of Tilburg (The Netherlands)

Course: International Criminal Prosecution of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

Course offered annually, master level

Description: The course offers an overview of international criminal prosecution of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity since World War II. Special attention will be paid to the two international ad hoc tribunals (for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia) and the International Criminal Court. The emphasis will be on statutory regulations and case law, as well as on manifold discussions about international criminal prosecution taking place in today's international arena (such as in relation to Sudan/Darfur).

Teachers: W.J.M. van Genugten, Mr. Ch. Paulussen



·         VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Course: Perpetrators and Bystanders

12 week course, offered annually in Second Semester, master level                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Description: This course will focus on the perpetrators of international crimes. These crimes often stand out because of their extreme and atrocious nature and the mass scale on which they are committed yet research has shown that the perpetrators are ordinary people. In the course we will try to understand what transforms ordinary people into perpetrators. We will study the laboratory experiments on obedience by Milgram and the prison experiment by Zimbardo. But we will also focus on the specific political, ideological and institutional context in which perpetrators operate. We will discuss whether it is true that everyone can be trained to become a torturer. Lastly we will focus on the role of the individual bystander and try to understand why some people act and others do not.

Teacher: Alette Smeulers



        New Zealand

·         Victoria University of Wellington

Course: State Crime (3rd year undergraduate)
One semester, Semester 1 (annually)
Description: This course examines the theoretical perspectives that underpin criminological writings on state crime.  Through case-study material, state crime is shown to be diverse in nature, destructive in impact and, for the most part, hidden.  The course evaluates how state officials join with other actors - including personnel from corporations, militia groups, private contractors and trans-national financial bodies - to commit criminal activity. The course also examines debates within the 'transitional justice' arena. Students evaluate a range of practical and political issues such as the role of amnesties, truth-telling, prosecutions, reparations and reconciliation in the wake of state crime.
Teacher: Dr Elizabeth (


United States

·         Brown University

Course: Modern Genocide and other crimes against Humanity (undergraduate lecture)

Spring Semester

Description: Analyses Emergence. Evolution, varieties and underlying causes of and confrontations with Genocide and other crimes against Humanity in the 20th century.

Teacher: Omar Bartov



·         Clark University, Worcester

Concentration: Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Undergraduate Concentration)

Director: Shelly Tenenbaum

Description: The undergraduate concentration in Holocaust and Genocide Studies provides students with solid grounding in the history of the Holocaust and other genocides. Students also take a series of courses in a variety of disciplines to ensure a critical, analytical and sophisticated understanding of the various facets of these atrocities. The undergraduate program of study emphasizes history while encompassing sociology, government, literature, film and psychology.

Concentration includes the following courses:

·         Genocide/Lecture, Discussion

·         The History of Holocaust to 1933/Lecture, Discussion

·         Mass Murder and Genocide Under Communism/Lecture, Discussion

·         Armenian Genocide/Seminar

·         Genocide since 1945: Explanations and Preventions/Seminar

·         The Jewish Experience/Lecture, Discussion

·         The Holocaust Perpetrators



·         Cornell University, NY

Clinical Course: International War Crimes Research Clinic

Duration: 1 Semester (Spring)

Description: Students undertake research and submit legal memoranda to assist the Office of Defense of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The course begins with an overview of international war crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, terrorism, and torture. It then explores specific issues involving the prosecution of international war crimes, including jurisdiction, individual criminal responsibility, and substantive defenses

Teacher(s): No specifications



·         University of Arizona

Course: The Politics of Genocide: Hitler, the Allies, and the Jews

Fall, Spring Semester

Description: The course will describe and analyze Nazi policy toward Jews from the time of Hitler's rise to power in 1933 until the end of WWII in 1945. It will further look into the interplay between ideology, strategy and politics in Nazi Germany and among the Allies, not only in Europe, but also the United States and Palestine

Teacher: Prof Shlomo Aronson, visiting Professor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem



·         University of Nevada, Rheno

Minor: Holocaust, Genocide and Peace Studies (HGPS)

Description: The minor program in HGPS is designed to connect ideas and experiences by focusing on social, historical, philosophical, political, cultural, and ethical issues in a wide variety of disciplines. Students are challenged to think critically and to examine the assumptions concerning issues of Holocaust, genocide, and peace. All courses will have a strong writing and communications component.

Teacher: Dr. Viktoria Hertling



·         Webster University

Course: Genocide: A Psychosocial Perspective

Description: The Holocaust, the genocides in Turkey, Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda, the disappearances in Argentina, the death squad killings in El Salvador, violence, torture, the mistreatment of human beings. All of these raise questions about evil. This course will examine the psychological, cultural, and societal roots of human cruelty, mass violence, and genocide. We will examine the questions of what enables individuals collectively and individually to perpetrate evil/genocide and examine the impact of apathetic bystanders on human violence.

Teacher: L.M. Woolf




University Masters




·         European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), Venice (Italy)

Master: European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratization

Duration: Two semesters (offered annually) (Sep-Jan in Venice) & (Feb-Jul other university)

Description: intensive one-year academic program to educate professionals in the field of human rights and democratization, and provide its graduates with practical work experience. It is a multidisciplinary program that reflects the indivisible links between human rights, democracy, peace and development.

Teacher(s): Distinguished scholars from all 39 participating universities



·         Geneva Academy Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Switzerland)

Master: Master of Advanced Studies in International Humanitarian Law

Description: The Academy has been offering since 2002 the only available master’s programme that provides complete training in the legal field related to armed conflicts and emergency situations. It allows students to specialise in branches of international law such as international humanitarian law, international law relating to the use of force and peacekeeping, international law of human rights, international criminal law and refugee law. To implement this programme, the Academy has developed numerous partnerships with international organisations based in Geneva, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, thereby allowing graduates to build a personalised network of future professional contacts. The MAS in International Humanitarian Law is jointly awarded by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.



·         Kingston University (United Kingdom)

Master: Joint European Master of Genocide Studies (MA)

Description: This postgraduate degree is anchored in a set of values that challenge the murderous thinking behind genocide – which always involves the designation of others who must be eliminated because they do not, supposedly, belong in a given society. It will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to make that challenge more effective and successful.
The Joint European MA in Genocide Studies is a unique inter-disciplinary postgraduate degree programme. The first of its kind in Europe, it will be taught simultaneously in four universities:
• Kingston University in London (England)
• Siena University (Italy)
• Viadrina European University in Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany)
• Collegium Civitas in Warsaw (Poland)
You will take courses in at least two of these universities during an 18-month study programme.



·         University of Amsterdam (UvA) (The Netherlands)

Master: Holocaust and genocidestudies (in Dutch) (Faculty of history)

Description: This master takes an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to genocide. The main emphasis is on the genocides of the twentieth century, especially the Holocaust and the genocide on Rwanda. Special attention will be given to the political context in which genocides take place, role of ideology, mass mobilization, bureaucratization, the function of the media.

Coordinator: Johannes Houwink ten Cate



·         University of Hull (United Kingdom)

Master: LLM Human Rights & Criminology

One year, plus an additional semester to complete dissertation

Description: This unique, interdisciplinary masters degree focuses on the relationship between criminology, criminal justice, and the law and principles of human rights. It explores the human rights standards applicable to criminal justice institutions, and the study of human rights violations of criminal behavior.

Courses include:

·         Democratic values and international law

·         International Criminal Law

·         International Law of armed conflict

·         International Law of Human Rights 1 + 2

·         Human Rights Violations (undergraduate level) by A. Ward

·         Restorative justice



·         University of Turin (Italy)

Master: International Organisations, International Criminal Law and Crime Prevention (LL.M)

Description: The Master of Laws in “International Organizations, International Criminal Law and Crime Prevention”, is jointly organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Turin and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute – UNICRI. The LL.M is designed for those who seek a deeper understanding of International Criminal Law and crime prevention, their implementation and the activities of international organizations and tribunals in this area. The program will offer students a combination of academic training and practical experience in an unparalleled setting. It aims to provide an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and practical international instruments and tools for the prevention and punishment of international and transnational crimes such as terrorism or trafficking in persons.



·         University Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Master: Conflict Studies and Human Rights (MA)

Description: During the last two decades, the world has witnessed a multitude of violent conflicts that have affected people all over the globe. Millions of people have been killed and many more have been forced to flee because of war. Societies have been disrupted and economies have come to a standstill. Armed conflicts continue to threaten the lives, livelihood, and future of millions of people. The MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights focuses on these contemporary conflicts and on associated human rights issues.



·         VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Master: Law and Politics of International Security (LL.M)

Description: This interdisciplinary one-year Master's programme gives students with backgrounds in international law or social sciences, the opportunity to specialize in an increasingly crucial field of studies. The programme offers a multidisciplinary approach to the rapidly changing field of international peace and security. It includes topics such as the United Nations system of collective security, the transformation of war (including catastrophic terrorism and other forms of political violence), human rights protection, the development of international criminal tribunals and humanitarian law.

Coordinator: W. Werner



·         VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Master: International Crimes and Criminology

Description: The programme aims to examines international crimes from various perspectives. Its goals is to measure and map this type of criminality; to define and conceptualize these crimes; to look at the consequences and calculate the costs; to study the causes and analyze ways to effectively prevent, stop and react to this type of criminality. The approach taken will be multi- and interdisciplinary. Students will have to master elements of various scientific fields such as criminology, law, political science, sociology, psychology, history and philosophy. The focus will be on individuals, groups, states and the international community and their interaction.

Coordinator: A.L. Smeulers




      United States


·         Clark University, Worcester, MA (United States)

The Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Ph.D. Program: Graduate Studies Program

Description: The Ph.D. program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies offers students a range of courses covering a spectrum of topics pertaining to the history of the Holocaust and other genocides. The goal of the Ph.D. program is to train students in the historiographies of the Holocaust and genocides, and to teach them to do independent research. Graduate training differs from undergraduate education in that in graduate school the student is expected to achieve a deeper understanding of his or her area of specialization, to become closely familiar with the relevant methodologies and historiography, and to develop the skills necessary for independent research.

Director: Deborah Dwork



·         Kean University, New Jersey (United States)

Nathan Weiss Graduate School

Master: Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MA)

Duration: 1 year

Description: The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is an interdisciplinary program that specifically studies the Holocaust and anti-Semitism and also requires an exploration of other genocides. The core curriculum includes an examination of the History of the Jewish People, the History of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in Literature and Film. The program is unique in that it emphasizes comparative genocides. Students examine at least two genocides and can choose to focus on the Armenian Genocide, Genocide on the African Continent (Colonial), Genocide in Asia, Native-American Genocide, or African-American Genocide and Slavery.

Teacher: Dr. Bernard Weinstein



·         The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (United States)

Master: Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MA)

Description: The Holocaust is studied in its setting, with reference to the Jewish civilization that was destroyed, and with regard to its impact on subsequent Jewish life and culture. Many of the leading scholarly interpreters are present: on Stockton's teaching staff; as visiting specialists; through cooperative arrangements with Yad Vashem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other major centers of research and publication; and through extensive book and video collections.

Teacher: Marcia S. Littell



·         West Chester State University, Philadelphia (PA) (United States)

Master: Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MA)

Duration: 1 year

Description: This Master of Arts degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies has been developed in order to help scholars pursue the study of the Holocaust and other genocides and to seek answers as to how they may be prevented. Because this study involves more than the history of the development of genocides, various departments are supplying courses that provide greater understanding of the forces leading to them.

Teacher: Dr. Jonathan Friedman




Summer Schools and Seminars



18 July – 8 August, 2008            Zoryan Institute, Toronto Canada

Genocide and Human Rights

Annual two- week summer course

Description: This course aims to help develop a new generation of scholars to pursue research and publication in Genocide and Human Rights. (Participants learn about definitions of GHRV’s, social/economic/psychological impact on survivors and their descendants and how to prevent genocide)

Deadline for applications: May 31st 2008





18 – 29 August, 2008         Abo Akademi University Institute for Human Rights, Turku/Abo, Finland

                                                Advanced Course on the International Protection of Human Rights

Description: The course aims at providing a profound insight into, and analysis of, the system of international human rights protection in the light of contemporary problems and relevant case law. The course is composed of lectures, case studies in working-groups, seminars and an optional essay. The first week of the course will concentrate on the European framework, and the second week on international developments.



30 June – 25 July, 2008     Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark

International Summer Course on Genocide:

Never Again? Genocide in Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur

Description: After the horrors of the Holocaust, the international community drafted the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and pledged "never again" should such evil strike humanity. The pledge proved empty; numerous cases of genocidal violence followed. Bosnia (1992-1995) and Rwanda (1994) are particularly relevant. In both cases we could not justify our inactivity by lack of knowledge or experience. This time we knew. How could all this nonetheless happen? While we look for answers, we have to realise that the new century already has added another case to the list: Darfur. Since February 2003. What is this conflict about – and is it really a genocide? In this class, we will examine the cases of Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur in order to learn how genocidal processes start, how they develop, and how they might be prevented. We will also look at topics such as the definition of genocide, the role of the United Nations and efforts to bring genocidaires to justice in front of international criminal tribunals.                                                           Deadline for applications: 1 May 2008                           



20 to 24 July, 2009              European Forum for Restorative Justice

                                                                "Towards critical restorative justice practices"

                                                                Barcelona, Spain

Description: The purpose of the summer school is to:
- Provide a supportive environment for restorative justice trainers and practitioners in which to share their perspectives on critical issues that confront the field of restorative justice practice
- Explore and adapt the European Forum recommendations on the training of mediators in criminal matters
- Motivate trainers and mediators to have more international exchange.


16-27 June, 2008                European University Institute, Firenze, Italy                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Sessions on Human Right Law                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Description: The sessions are designed to provide high-level courses for students and are given by leading authorities in the respective fields, both from the world of practice and academia. Subjects of the courses are o.a. the reparation of victims from war crimes, the role of the European Court of Human Rights in armed conflict, the role of Human Rights Law in new types of armed conflict

Teachers: o.a. A. Cassesse, L. Caflisch, O. Ben-Naftali.                                                                                                                                                                                             



23 June  –  4 July, 2008     Grotius Centre of International Legal Studies / Campus The Hague / University Leiden, the Netherlands

Summer School on International Criminal Law

Description: The focus of the Summer School will be on International Criminal Law. Invited speakers are professors in international law and practitioners from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court. The intended audience are those law students with an interest in international criminal law and who are nearing the completion of their studies.

Deadline for applications: 25 April 2008



                30 June- 11 July, 2008       Grotius Centre of International Legal Studies / Campus The Hague / University Leiden, the Netherlands

                                                                Marie Curie Top Summer School on International Criminal Law

Description: Highly respected academics and practitioners as well as prominent diplomats will provide the training and tutoring and enhance students to discuss about current topics of International Criminal Law. Topics that will be discussed are: Complementarity, Inability and Unwillingness (ICC Statute), Alternative Accountability Mechanisms, Aspects of Prosecutorial Discretion, Proliferation of Tribunals and Courts, Participation of Victims.



21- 26 June 2009                                International Human Rights Network, National University of Ireland

                                                Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches

Description: The aim of this annual IHRN training programme is to enhance skills of participants in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Justice Sector Reform. It will facilitate the development of knowledge and skills regarding the legal principles, policies and practice underpinning human rights based approaches to justice sector reform. The inter-linkages between justice sector actors, the relationship between the justice sector and related terms. Human Rights Based needs assessment, programming tools and checklists. Case studies from national contexts as well as international field missions. And finally teamwork, advocacy and strategic partnerships.




                30 June- 12 July, 2008       International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Sanremo, Italy

                                                                Summer Course on International Humanitarian Law

Description: The course takes place over a period of 2 weeks, the last 3 days being spent in Geneva, Switzerland. The working language is English and there are a maximum of 60 places available. Experts from all over the world come to the Institute to share their knowledge with greatly motivated students through special lectures and lively workshops organised during the 10 days of the Course in Sanremo. The city's sunny position on the Mediterranean coast provides an extra bonus to all those involved.



                28 July – 15 Aug, 2008       The Hague Academy of International Law, the Netherlands

Public International Law

Description: This summer programme enables students all over the world to meet "great names" of international law and to attend courses of a very high level. The "summer courses" also provide an opportunity, in the city which has become the "Capital of international law", to have contacts with the International Court of Justice, the international criminal courts, the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, the Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Conference on Private International Law, and other institutions.



21-26 June, 2008                                National University Ireland Galway , Ireland

Annual summer school on the International Criminal Court

Description: The Summer Course on the International Criminal Court is offered by the Irish Centre for Human Rights. At the end of the intensive course, students can expect to have an excellent working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its applicable law, structures and operations.  Lectures also speak to related issues in international criminal law, including universal jurisdiction and immunities.

                                                                Teachers: o.a: H. Friman, R. Murphy, W. A. Schabas, M. Scharf, S. Williams



20 Aug– 31 Aug, 2007        Netherlands School of Human Rights Research in Utrecht (the Netherlands), Faculty of Law at the K.U. Leuven (Belgium) and the Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago (USA)

Summer Course on Human Rights

Description: Human rights become real only when proper mechanisms exist for protection and enforcement. This Summer Course on Human Rights focuses on the universal and regional systems of human rights protection. Attention will be paid to procedures and institutions for human rights monitoring at the universal and regional level, their co-existence and effectiveness.

Deadline Applications: 20 April 2007



7-25 July 2008                     United Nation Office at Geneva (UNOG), Geneva, Switzerland

                                                Graduate Study Programme

                                                Description: The theme for the 46th Graduate Study Programme will be: “The United Nations: The inseparable link between human rights, socio-economic development and environmental protection.” The programme will focus on the role the UN plays or can play in seeking multilateral solutions to global issues, such as those mentioned in this year’s theme. The programme will consist of an intensive three-week series of lectures and panel discussions focusing on United Nations activities. Participants will also meet in working groups to formulate conclusions and proposals of their own. A final document will be drafted on the basis of the working groups' discussions.



6 July- 2 August, 2008        University of Oxford and George Washington University Law School, Oxford, England                                                                                                            

Summer School in International Human Rights Law                                                                                                                                                                                        

Description: The course examines the philosophy, history, doctrine and practice of international human rights law. The programme offers an introductory course on the fundamentals of international human rights law, an advanced seminar on human rights lawyering and afternoon electives that address important contemporary issues in the field. The aims of the programme are to develop participants' advocacy and dissemination skills, as well as their formal knowledge of human rights law and the means for its enforcement. More broadly, the programme is intended to prepare students to contribute to the improvement of human rights conditions in their homelands and around the world.



3-15 August 2008                University Salzburg, Austria

                                                Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Description: The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law is an annual two-week summer course, established in the aftermath of the Rome Conference of Plenipotentiaries for the Establishment of the International Criminal Court. Its main focus is international criminal law and international justice, substantive international criminal law and the organisation of international judicial bodies, in particular, the ad hoc Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda as well as the International Criminal Court. Furthermore it provides training in those areas that are inseparably related to the understanding and development of international criminal law, such as humanitarian law and human rights law for future leading participants in this rapidly evolving field. The course is composed of lectures, workshop and case studies; due time is dedicated to discussions with the speakers and among the participants.



9 June – 18 July, 2008       Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Summer Institute for Global Justice - Washington University School of Law and Case Western Reserve University School of Law                                                      

Description: Taught by prominent experts in the field from Europe and the United States, including Distinguished Visiting Jurist David Crane (former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone), the six-week program focuses on courses related to comparative law and the international institutions located in The Hague and Brussels.



25 May- 21 June 2008        Washington College of Law Hague Summer Law Program, the Netherlands

Courses on International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism

Description: The Summer Law Program in The Hague offers participants an opportunity to study some of the most important legal issues today in the heart of the international justice community The ABA-approved, six-credit summer program includes two three-credit courses: International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism. The Program in The Hague is the product of a unique collaboration between the War Crimes Research Office of American University’s Washington College of Law, established in 1995 to provide specialized legal research assistance to international/ized criminal tribunals and the T.M.C. Asser Institute, one of the most prominent research institutes of international law in Europe.




United States


27 May- 13 June 2008        American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Description: The 2008 Specialized Summer Program will offer 17 courses, ten in English and seven in Spanish, which will be taught by 33 prominent scholars. Each course is tailored to meet the needs of professionals, practitioners and students specializing in human rights. Courses can be taken for academic credit approved by the American Bar Association, for a Certificate of Attendance or for a Diploma.



                22 June- 10 July 2009        Calvin College, Michigan

                                                                Seminars in Christian Scholarship: Deliver Us from Evil: Genocide and the Christian World.

Description: “Deliver Us From Evil: Genocide and the Christian World” will explore the role of the church as a social institution, with institutional actors, and how it shapes a culture in which genocidal violence may occur and how it responds to such a culture both during and after the genocidal violence.  Over a three week period, participants will critically examine the role of the Christian churches in 20th century genocide and the subsequent consequences for Christian thought and practice in the contemporary world.  Embedded throughout these analyses are questions of the moral responsibilities of the institutional church; the churches’ standing as manipulated or independent actors; how and why churches become linked with power holders in genocidal regimes; how institutional church leaders use rhetorical and theological devices to develop religious justifications for genocidal belief systems; the variability of institutional churches’ responses; the motivations behind churches’ interventionist role in reconciliation after the genocidal violence, etc.  Such questions remain keenly relevant for church-state relations in contemporary international affairs – for instance, the ongoing genocide in Darfur; the escalating violence in Zimbabwe (about which church leaders are warning could reach genocidal levels); and the recent move in Russia to coronate the Russian Orthodox Church as the de facto official state religion, reinforcing a nationalistic ideology while promoting state-sponsored religious intolerance.



June- August 2009              Centre for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Summer Research Workshops for scholars

Description: The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (CAHS) of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) invites proposals from workshop coordinator(s) to conduct two-week research workshop at the Museum during June-August 2009. The Center’s Summer Research Workshop program provides an environment in which groups of scholars working in closely related areas of study can gather to discuss a central research question or issue; their research methodologies and findings; the major challenges facing their work; and potential future collaborative scholarly ventures.



Summer 2008                      Harvard Summer School, Cambridge (Massachusetts)

                                                                War Crimes, Genocide, and Justice

                                                                Courses run in traditional eight week settings

Description: This course examines the legal regulation of warfare, including the historical evolution of the law of war; war crimes and crimes against humanity, and their punishment; the Geneva Conventions; the growth of international human rights; and the concept of genocide. There will be an examination of the trial of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, the 1968 massacre at My Lai in Vietnam, the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the International Criminal Court, and issues of "unlawful combatants" and the courts, as well as other questions raised by the events of September 11, Guantanamo, and the Abu Ghraib prison. The focus is on broad concepts of law, justice, and accountability in warfare and genocide. No prior knowledge of legal or military systems is required.



22-27 June 2008                 Northwestern University, Evanston

The Thirteenth Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization

Description: The summer institute offers an intensive two-week course of study designed to broaden and deepen the background of current and prospective Holocaust educators. It is open to current faculty at the college or university level and to advanced graduate students. The Institute curriculum consists of courses, lectures, and seminars taught by leading scholars on the following themes: the religious practice and history of the European Jews, problems in Holocaust interpretation, the Holocaust in literature and film, the Holocaust and modern thought, and the pedagogy of the Holocaust.  In addition, the Institute offers a rich program of guest lectures on occasional themes and of cultural and recreational outings and events.



Spring Semester                 University of Yale, New Haven, CT

Seminar & conferences: Genocide Studies Program

Spring Semester (offered annually)

Description: The Genocide Studies Program at Yale University conducts research, seminars and conferences on comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy issues relating to the phenomenon of genocide, and provides training to researchers from afflicted regions.

Seminars are hosted by Yale Professors and visiting Professors (ex. Cambridge University, Humboldt University)