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Course Overview

During the spring semester program, you will take three courses and participate in a practicum for a total of 16 credits. The courses do not run concurrently throughout the program but are set-up in modules. Legal Studies Professor Richard Gaskins leads the program, teaches a course, shares teaching responsibilities with faculty from Leiden, oversees the practicums and independent study, as well as accompanies the group on all academic excursions, visits, and lectures. All academic work is taught in English.

The program courses are approved for academic credit by the Brandeis University Curriculum Committee.

  • IGS/LGLS 180a The Spirit of International Law
  • IGS/LGLS 128b Networks of Global Justice
  • IGS/LGLS 92b Internship and Analysis Hague
  • Leiden University Direct Enrollment course

More detailed information about the courses and course credit can be found below.

Prerequisites

You do not need to be pre-law, as both Brandeis and non-Brandeis students from all majors and minors have succeed in this program. An interest in human rights and international law can be demonstrated by a commitment to varied academic work, research, internships, and other volunteer work both on and off the home institution's campus. Any student is eligible to participate on this program as long as they are not on judicial or academic probation.

Academic Excursions

The Hague, a long-famous center of diplomacy for international peace and justice, serves as a living laboratory. The program takes full advantage of the global justice networks located here and integrates academic field trips, visits, and meetings, throughout the program, including such places as the ornate Peace Palace, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and the International Criminal Court. These visits and conversations with guest lectures, judges, and other high-ranking officials are incorporated into the curriculum of all the courses.

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Course Details

The Spirit of International Law

A basic survey of international law, its aims, and its applications. This course introduces core legal principles and institutions for advancing peace, justice, and human rights.  It incorporates visits to international tribunals and informal meetings with judges and other court personnel.  Group and individual projects encourage students to explore social, cultural, political, and economic factors shaping global justice, along with the impact of legal values on nations, regions, and communities. 

Taught by faculty from Leiden University.

Course Credit for Brandeis Students:
Appears on the Leiden University Transcript and will not count towards a student's GPA as this will come from sage transfer credit. Accepted for elective credit in IGS, LGLS, POL.

Course Credit for Non-Brandeis Students:
Students should speak with their home institution's study abroad office, academic advisor or dean to discuss their intent for study abroad and the transfer of credit process. Within two months of the program’s end date, Brandeis University will send a transcript to the student's home address and an official transcript to their home institution. Within the application process, students will be required to fill out a form to facilitate the transfer of credit.

Networks of Global Justice

This parallel course provides a comparative perspective on justice issues: the status of fundamental rights across regional, national, and international systems; contrasting cultural approaches to dispute settlement; conflicts among modes of justice within local and regional forms of governance.  The concrete problems considered will be influenced by issues under current consideration by Hague tribunals and research centers.  The course encourages individual research on problems related to the student’s major or minor (e.g. environmental justice, social rights, gender equity) or on diverse geographic areas (e.g. regional area studies, European Union or other governance regions). 

Taught by Professor Richard Gaskins.

Course Credit for Brandeis Students:
Accepted for elective credit in LGLS and IGS, and approved as a cross-listed course in Politics.

Course Credit for Non-Brandeis Students:
Students should speak with their home institution's study abroad office, academic advisor or dean to discuss their intent for study abroad and the transfer of credit process. Within two months of the program’s end date, Brandeis University will send a transcript to the student's home address and an official transcript to their home institution. Within the application process, students will be required to fill out a form to facilitate the transfer of credit.

Internship and Analysis Hague

The practicum is a central academic component that will foster a full immersion experience in living and studying abroad.  As part of the practicum, students will be able to enroll in an independent study or academic internship, provided availability at local institutions. The internship site is arranged by Brandeis faculty, drawing on the legal and policy networks found in The Hague. Internships are supervised by Brandeis faculty with the assistance of local partners and on-site mentors. The internship experience is anchored in a group seminar, with opportunities for group field visits. Where arrangements can be made with the student’s major or minor advisor, the internship may be designed to emphasize methods and skills appropriate to that field. The independent study is designed to give students freedom to work with an instructor and course material in a way that suites their academic interests. This option provides students with the training and supervision necessary for independent field research on a project of their own choosing. Students will delve deeply into a topic of their interest and learn skills that they can use for the rest of your life.

Taught by Professor Gaskins with the assistance of faculty from Leiden University.

Course Credit for Brandeis Students:
Appears on the Brandeis University Transcript and will count towards a student's GPA. The independent study will be accepted for credit as LGLS 92b, IGS 92b, or where approved for credit within the student’s major or minor department.

Course Credit for Non-Brandeis Students:
Students should speak with their home institution's study abroad office, academic advisor or dean to discuss their intent for study abroad and the transfer of credit process. Within two months of the program’s end date, Brandeis University will send a transcript to the student's home address and an official transcript to their home institution. Within the application process, students will be required to fill out a form to facilitate the transfer of credit.

Leiden University Direct Enrollment Course

Students will elect a fourth course, from an approved list of standard course offerings at Leiden University. The course options will be diverse and may include subject areas such as politics, legal studies and governance, religious studies, European studies and more. Students will choose exact course offerings during the fall semester.

Taught by faculty from Leiden University.

Course Credit for Brandeis Students:
Appears on the Leiden University Transcript and will not count towards a student's GPA as this will come from sage transfer credit.

Course Credit for Non-Brandeis Students:
Students should speak with their home institution's study abroad office, academic advisor or dean to discuss their intent for study abroad and the transfer of credit process. Within two months of the program’s end date, Brandeis University will send a transcript to the student's home address and an official transcript to their home institution. Within the application process, students will be required to fill out a form to facilitate the transfer of credit.