Santa Clara University
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|Class Standing:||J.D., LL.M., Other|
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Mix & Match: Students may enroll in either the Geneva program or the Oxford academic program at the conclusion of the academic program in The Hague.
Already Enrolled? See Information for Enrolled Students.
This two-week seminar allows students to spend extended periods observing actual proceedings of international criminal proceedings at such courts as the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. After the observations, procedure and trial tactics are analyzed, giving students an opportunity of a lifetime to learn about criminal justice, trial advocacy, and comparative and international law from the judges, the prosecutors, and defense lawyers who are actually working on these cases. The Hague is the seat of the government of the Netherlands and the site of major organizations involved in international criminal jurisprudence, including the International Criminal Court and the World Court, as well as other major organizations such as the Peace Palace, The Hague Academy of International Law, and many others. The Hague has been called the “legal capital of the world.” Santa Clara’s program will include visits to such sites. Students will also visit the International Court of Justice. Participants are required to write a paper reflecting on their experience.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required and is then applied to the tuition charge.
Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.
In example, for 3 units of class the total is $3,000.
Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information). Financial Aid goes through a student's home institution. A consortium agreement is setup between the home institution and Santa Clara University.
Students are responsible for securing their own housing while at The Hague. Previous students have used AirBnB. It is highly recommended that you consider the location of transportation lines as class location varies each day.
Santa Clara University does not endorse any housing provider or have any relationship with any housing provider and students should thoroughly research their housing options.
The Hague is the seat of the government of the Netherlands. The site of major organizations involved in international criminal jurisprudence, including the International Criminal Court and the World Court, as well as other major organizations such as the Peace Palace, The Hague Academy of International Law, and many others. The Hague has been called the "legal capital of the world." Santa Clara's program will include visits to many of these sites. The Hague is immediately adjacent to the North Sea. Beach resort communities are a ten–minute tram ride from the city center. The city has an excellent public transportation system that is easy to navigate and on time. The Hague is but an hour by train to Amsterdam, and a short tram ride to the beautiful town of Delft. The central location also allows easy travel throughout Western Europe by rail or car.
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Summer 2015 Student Evaluation: Overall Experience 4.8 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)
"I thought the program was excellent. The access we had to the courts and the opportunity to hear from judges and attorneys was amazing and I learned so much." Paula Eisenberg, SCU (2015)
"This experience was extremely eye opening and an experience I will never forget." Daniel Bekoski, Charlotte School of Law (2015)
“Really enjoyed the overall program. Very intensive and I learned a lot in the small amount of time that we had.” Natalie H., SCU (2012)
“This was a wonderful program. I was very impressed with the speakers we had—practicing attorneys and judges from the various courts we visited—they were clearly among the best their countries have to offer the legal world. I also appreciated the fact that we got to hear from both the offices of the prosecutor and the defence and learn about the challenges each side faces.” Hazella B., SCU (2012)
“Santa Clara’s programs at The Hague and Geneva significantly altered the course of my life. The programs gave me the opportunity to network with personnel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, as a result of which I was offered a semester-long externship at the UN. I was inspired by Santa Clara faculty, who have helped me craft a meaningful career in international law.” William Fife III, Florida Coastal University (Summer 2011)
“ICJ, ICTY, and ICC were all amazing. I am still in shock by the access we were able to get to these buildings and courts.” Anonymous, SCU (2011)
“I found all of our speakers to be absolutely excellent. Each had a unique perspective and I enjoyed them all. The fact that we were able to hear from the biggest and most top-ranking people at both the ICTY and ICC made this program truly special.” Anonymous, SCU (2011)
“I had a great experience. The program was great and informative. Sparked my interest in international criminal law.” Anonymous, Cal Western School of Law (2011)
The Hague Program Director: Professor Margaret Russell
The Center for Global Law and Policy: email@example.com
Enrollment Limit: 25 students