Courses - The Hague, Netherlands

Track 1

Week 1
(July 8 - July 11, 2019)

Comparative Analysis of Global Marijuana Laws (1 credit)
Instructor: Jennifer Smith, Florida A&M University Colleeg of Law

Marijuana is one of the most popular drugs in the world and one of the most highly regulated. International laws concerning both medical and recreational use of marijuana are changing rapidly. Many countries have legalized marijuana for medical use and efforts to legalize its recreational use are gaining ground. This emerging area of law and policy brings unprecedented legal issues to the forefront and intersects with so many other areas of the law (business law, tax law etc.). This course takes an in-depth look at the competing approaches to regulating marijuana, the rationales behind these approaches, where legal authority resides for choosing among them, and why understanding marijuana law is a civil rights issue both domestically and abroad.

Week 2
(July 15-18, 2019)

International Human Rights Law Research (1 credit)
Instructor: Leslie Street, Mercer University School of Law

This course will introduce students to finding international legal materials to answer legal questions in public international law, using ICJ Article 38(1) as a guide for what constitutes international law. The students will be introduced to finding a range of international legal materials, such as treaties (bilateral and multilateral, as well as understanding how to find information about their enforceability and adoption in domestic law) and “soft law” documents from a range of international organizations (like the UN as well as specialized intergovernmental organizations like the WTO and others). We will discuss how to find “evidence” of customary international law. Students will also learn how and when to find international cases (including those of specialized international tribunals and the ICC). Finally, the course will also introduce students to research in private international law and research in international arbitration.

Week 3
(July 22-25, 2019)

International Environmental Adjudication (1 credit)
Instructor: Paul Boudreaux, Stetson University College of Law

Environmental Law is among the most international of fields: water pollution flows from one country to another, air pollution drifts across continents, and nations seek to protect their wildlife from trade to wealthier countries. While there is an array of international treaties, the stumbling block has always been the difficulty of enforcement. This course will examine how the International Court of Justice (based in the Hague) and other international tribunals enforce environmental law through adjudication and arbitration. It also will offer valuable lessons for understanding principles of international law and strategies of complex litigation.

The course will focus on four groundbreaking cases. First, the International Court of Justice recently held that Japan could not continue its whaling hunt in the Antarctic because it violated an international convention; Japan’s decision to abide by the ruling shows the potential power of adjudication in international environmental law. We will study the years of legal work and strategy leading to this decision. In addition, will study: the dispute decided by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (also in the Hague) over the building of new islands in the South China Sea; the pioneering matter over U.S. sea turtle regulations, decided by the World Trade Organization; and proposed International Court of Justice litigation over global climate change. Students will read and discuss key excerpts from these trailblazing international law cases.

Week 4
(July 29-August 1, 2019)

Comparative International Criminal Law and Procedure (1 credit)
Instructor: Miller Shealy, Charleston School of Law

The course begins with an analysis of the concept of International Criminal Law. What is it? Does it make sense? What are the sources of such law and how is it authoritative? The class will take a close look at the law and practice of the International Criminal Court and various issues of international criminal procedure. The class will examine issues like jurisdiction, admissibility of evidence, prosecutorial powers, rights of the accused, basic adjudicative procedures, and the like. Differences in criminal procedure in various states focusing on the U.S., Canada, and European based systems of criminal justice and procedure with concentration on search and seizure, police arrest power, and the interrogation of criminal suspects will be discussed and examined. As an overarching theme, the course examines how changes and trends in politics and political ideology relate to the actual practice of criminal law at the international and domestic level.

Track 2

Week 1
(July 8-11, 2019)

Africa and the International Criminal Court (1 credit)
Instructor: Jennifer North, Charleston School of Law

This course will explore the origins and organizing principles of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and whether those goals have been met with regard to ICC prosecutions of African defendants. The ICC depends on the cooperation of its signatories to the Rome Statute. At times, this cooperation has been compromised and undermined the ability of the ICC to carry out its mission. A unique aspect of the Court, the provision for witness representation, will be incorporated into analyzing the effectiveness and future influence the Court may have on other international tribunals.

Week 2
(July 15-18 2019)

The Human Right to Education (1 credit)
Instructor: Areto Imoukhuede, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law

This course explores the efficacy of international human rights law in the specific context of the human right to education, which has been recognized by various international agreements and national constitutions, including Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The course examines the current and potential future role of international courts and tribunals in coordinating and enforcing human rights law.

Week 3
(July 22-25, 2019)

Violence Against Women: Armed Conflict, Exploitation, and Subjugation  (1 credit)
Instructor: Luz Nagle, Stetson University College of Law

Women worldwide are victimized by violence and exploitation. Women are trafficked, raped, beaten, exploited, and subjected to femicide in developing and developed countries. Abuse is not limited to insurgencies and organized crime. Actors in all walks of life profit with impunity from the servitude and assault against women. We will examine these issues through the lens of international law and how states fail to live up to their obligations to protect and empower women, prevent crimes against them, and punish perpetrators.

Week 4
(July 29-August 1, 2019)

Family Law and International Tribunals: The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1 credit)
Instructor: Timothy Arcaro, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law

This course will explore the promulgation, implementation, and mechanics of the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Convention). The Convention may be a bilateral and/or multilateral instrument between member states. This course will explore the accession and ratification process to the Convention and the mutual obligations members states have for the enforcement of Convention provisions. From global jurisprudence to individual state jurisprudence, the course will explore the overall effectiveness of the Convention and how individual state parties meet their obligations under the Convention. The course will also examine the specific elements that must be met in every Request for Return Petition. The Convention has created international tribunals for family court proceedings within fairly narrow parameters. It provides an opportunity to critically examine global jurisprudence on civil aspects of international child abduction.

Student Group in the Hague

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