Courses - The Hague, Netherlands

Week 1

July 4 - 7, 2022

Indigenous Peoples in International Courts (one credit)
Instructor: Steven Foster, Instructor of Law, Director of Academic Achievement, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This course will explore indigenous peoples’ protections within the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. The course will begin by introducing students to the structure of the ICC and ICJ. It will proceed through case studies analyzing the jurisdiction, rights, and remedies within the ICC and ICJ related to indigenous issues. The primary focus areas will be genocide, indigenous land ownership, and environmental degradation of indigenous land. The case studies will provide the foundation for discussing possible future indigenous cases in international courts.

Week 2

July 11-14, 2022

Freedom of Expression: Modern Challenges and Comparative Perspectives (one credit)
Instructor: Enrique Armijo, Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law

The worldwide scope of social media platforms has brought international standards of free expression to the foreground in the debates surrounding free speech. The Western libertarian concept of freedom of expression, articulated in foundational texts like John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and developed in First Amendment case law by the United States Supreme Court and by interpretations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is giving way to a more nuanced approach, as applied in decisions both by international courts and by important non-governmental actors such as Facebook’s Oversight Board. These developments challenge traditional concepts in free expression law such as harm, voice, and sovereignty. They also call for free expression to take concepts like subordination, power, and oppression into account, thus challenging the traditional agnostic view that strives to treat speakers and speech equally in the eyes of the law. In short, as speech achieves global reach, the system of protection for freedom of expression is becoming globalized.

Week 3

July 18-21, 2022

Comparative and Transnational Criminal Procedure (one credit)
Instructor: Mark Dobson, Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

This would be a five-day course. The first day would in general examine the United States criminal justice system versus that in continental Europe. Day two would discuss the application of the Fourth and Fifth amendments abroad. Day three would examine comparative approaches to the exclusionary rule and day four would examine comparative approaches to plea bargaining.

The course is designed so that students who have not yet taken basic Criminal Procedure at an American law school will still be able to participate and handle the material. However, students who have taken basic Criminal Procedure will still benefit from exposure to the topics.

Two summers ago, before Covid-19, I was scheduled to teach this one-week course at the Hague. Unfortunately, the worldwide pandemic made this impossible. My proposal mirrors what I had submitted then. If the program wishes a longer than one-week course, I can easily expand the number of topics to accommodate this.

Week 4

July 25-28, 2022

Violence Against Women: Armed Conflict, Exploitation, and Subjugation (one credit)
Instructor: Luz E. Nagle, Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL

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.

All course materials are provided in the course packet. Readings must be done prior to each class meeting and brought to class for discussion.

The syllabus is a guide; topics and order presented my change depending on scheduling and unforeseen factors.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes:

  1. This course will expand your worldview, make you more cognizant of the complexities of women’s issues, particularly with regard to horrific forms of discrimination and violence, and expose you to a critically important emerging topic of law and society.
  2. You will acquire an understanding of the social, legal, and moral intricacies at play in how women are subjected to various forms of violence, discrimination, and exploitation.
  3. You will learn about judicial, legislative, and social responses to the topics we will cover.
  4. You will gain insight into multi-disciplinary approaches to problem-solving at the international level.
  5. You will become proficient in describing the historical, contemporary, and developing issues of violence against women at the international level.
  6. You will learn how law and legal institutions transform and gain the capacity to address issues that have long been ignored.

Student Group in the Hague

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Summer Abroad Programs
  South Africa
Cayman Islands Fall Intersession Program
International Student Exchange

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