Global Youth Connect is pleased to announce the inaugural "International Justice in The Hague, Netherlands" summer professional development experience for undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals interested in gaining knowledge and practical experience in the fields of international justice, law, human rights, and peace.
The International Justice Delegation brings together young people from around the world for a unique and intensive 12-day program exploring international justice, human rights, peace, and international law. Rather than study these subjects only through textbooks, participants experience real-life cases of international justice coming to life in The Hague, Netherlands, also known as the international capital of peace and justice. Guided by a seasoned legal practitioner and professor, delegates have a unique opportunity to experience in person and first-hand the international courts, institutions confronting global challenges, and interact with an international judge, courtroom practitioners, advocates, and senior officials, and engage in interactive dialogues.
The Hague hosts, among others, the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, and a long list of international bodies and courts, including the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (now succeeded by its residual mechanism, the "IRMCT"), and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Participants in the International Justice Delegation delve intensely into international justice, human rights, peace, and international law, in preparation for daily visits to these leading institutions. A field trip to a former Nazi concentration camp punctuates the first week, and illustrates the cascade of international criminal justice since Nuremberg.
Delegates see first-hand the movement of the wheels of international justice, and come to understand the politics and mechanics behind the scenes. They meet with key actors.
Participation in the International Justice Delegation also serves as an excellent primer for graduate or other further study in international relations/law/justice, human rights, politics or peace studies. Students and young professionals gain, in a very short time span, unique insight into international justice, human rights, peace, and international law.
About the instructor:
Gregory Townsend, JD, MA started his legal career as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles. In 1998, he joined the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and clerked for a Slovenian supreme court judge before joining the prosecution, spending more than seven years working on Rwandan genocide cases. He later became a prosecutor for both the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He then served as Head of Office for the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague on the trial of Liberian President Charles Taylor. He joined the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2010 as chief legal advisor to the Prosecutor. From 2014 to 2018, he was chief of the Registry’s Court Services Section at the ICTY and UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, where he oversaw witness protection, legal aid and court operations. He has been based in The Hague since 2007 and presently works as a lecturer in law. He is on the list of counsel to represent victims before several international criminal courts, and was elected in 2019 to a three-year term on the ICC’s Advisory Committee on Legal Texts.
Dechen Albero, Executive Director, Global Youth Connect