Brandeis Study Abroad Account
Brandeis in The Hague
The Hague is an historic and world-class international center for justice and human rights. Building on Brandeis’ strong relationships in the city and with international law networks, students will gain a global perspective while interacting with criminal tribunals in The Hague and working on projects that address major global issues. Academic coursework is enhanced with frequent visits to the tribunals, workshops, and experiential practicums.
Culturally, the Netherlands attracts students from around the world who come to explore its beautiful cobblestone streets, canals, windmills, shops and restaurants, and vibrant student culture. The combination of immersion in international law, experiential learning, and academic courses taught by professors from Brandeis University and the nearby Leiden University promises students a world-class experience full of professional opportunities, personal growth, and European memories.
The program is a partnership between Brandeis University and Leiden University. Specifically, Brandeis collaborates with the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and the Law Faculty at Leiden University.
Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. It was the first university in the Netherlands to practice freedom of belief and religion, as reflected in the university's motto, Praesidium Libertatis, Bastion of Liberty. It was this atmosphere of freedom of speech that provided the right environment for philosophers such as Spinoza and Descartes to develop their ideas.
*excerpt from Leiden University website
The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies is a centre of Leiden University, focusing on public international law. The Grotius Centre is based both in Leiden and in The Hague. In The Hague, the Grotius Centre is is one of the integral centres of Campus Den Haag. It is located at the Lange Voorhout 44, near the Houses of Parliament. At the Grotius Centre in The Hague, the expertise of Leiden University's Faculty of Law is combined with the position of The Hague as the City of Peace and Justice. The academic expertise of Leiden University is paired to the everyday practice of the various international legal organizations in The Hague, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).
The purpose of the Grotius Centre is the dissemination of knowledge on all fields of international law through high quality training courses and summer schools for students and professionals, the LL.M. (adv.) programme in Public International Law, the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, lectures, seminars and insightful yearly conferences.