Academics

Students in class at the Grotius Centre

Course Overview

The courses will run concurrently for six weeks throughout the summer and you will earn a total of 8 credits.  All academic work is taught in English and supervised by Professor Richard Gaskins, who will accompany the group and share teaching responsibilities with guest faculty from Leiden University.  Classroom sessions are closely integrated with field visits to courts and tribunals, supplemented by guest lectures.  They prepare you for a series of interactive workshops organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, on the Hague campus of Leiden University. 

The two courses were designed by Brandeis faculty in International and Global Studies (IGS) and Legal Studies (LGLS), and were approved for academic credit by the Brandeis University Curriculum Committee.

  • IGS/LGLS 180a The Spirit of International Law
  • IGS/LGLS 185b Advocacy in the International Criminal Court

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 the courses.

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Course Details

The Spirit of International Law

Taught in The Hague, this course provides a broad survey of international law—how it aspires to peace, justice, and human rights; and how it meets the hard realities of a complex world. Building on direct contact with international tribunals, the course considers social, cultural, political, and economic factors shaping global justice, along with the impact of legal values on nations, regions, and communities. 

Taught by Professor Gaskins.

Course Credit for Brandeis Students:
The course grades will be listed on your Brandeis transcript and will count in your overall GPA. The courses will count as Brandeis credit, and not as transfer credit.

  • Both courses may count as electives towards the International and Global Studies major/minor or the Legal Studies minor
  • Both courses may count towards the International experience requirement for IGS
  • The School of Social Science distribution requirement will be met
  • IGS/LGLS180a fulfills the International relations requirement for the Politics major/minor

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.

Advocacy in the International Criminal Court

After setting the historical and critical framework for international criminal law, this course features intensive workshops with advocates and officials of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, in cooperation with Leiden University. Sessions will include moot court exercises and discussions with judges from the major international tribunals.

Taught by Professor Gaskins.

Course Credit for Brandeis Students:
The course grades will be listed on your Brandeis transcript and will count in your overall GPA. The courses will count as Brandeis credit, and not as transfer credit

  • Both courses may count as electives towards the International and Global Studies major/minor or the Legal Studies minor
  • Both courses may count towards the International experience requirement for IGS
  • IGS/LGLS185b may substitute for the internship requirement in LGLS
  • The School of Social Science distribution requirement will be met

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.