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TOWA R D A B E T T E R

World

Pursuing Peace and Justice
Students at Brandeis University also have the opportunity
to experience the process of peace, justice, and reconciliation as part of two Brandeis in The Hague programs
offered by the university. Students can go for either a semester in the spring or for six weeks in the summer to
the Dutch city, which is considered the International City
of Peace and Justice.
The Hague is the home to the International Criminal
Court and the United Nations' (U.N.) International Court
of Justice. The International Court of Justice is charged
with settling legal disputes submitted to it by U.N. member states, and to provide advisory opinions on issues
referred to it by U.N. bodies. The International Criminal
Court is an independent organization that is designed to
help put an end to impunity for those who perpetrate the
most serious crimes, such as crimes against humanity and
destruction of cultural monuments.
The Hague is also the location for new tribunals, such
as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, as well
as for a wide range of NGOs, many of them dealing with
peace and human rights issues.
The Brandeis undergraduates get to see up close why
the city is called the International City of Peace and Justice, as they receive in-depth exposure to the international
courts and NGOs. Students who are there for the semester also take part in a two-month practicum with either a
court or an NGO.
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Brandeis law and social welfare professor Richard
Gaskins, who is director of the Legal Studies Program,
launched a six-week pilot program in The Hague in the
summer of 2010. The Hague program is open to students
from a wide range of majors, giving them the opportunity to "do something different, which would challenge
undergraduates and test their ability in a very professional
kind of world, and bring the liberal arts perspective to
it," he says.
For those enrolled in the spring semester study abroad
program, the first half is spent primarily in the classroom
at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at
Leiden University. The students also make visits to various
courts, where they meet with judges and court officials
and observe trials.
"That gives them a chance to build a mental road map
from whatever perspective they bring," Gaskins says.
For the second half of the semester-long program,
the undergrads take part in a practicum, working with
the courts or NGOs. "The courts are part of the system
of peace building," Gaskins says. The institutions in The
Hague also work to increase the judicial capacity in countries where conflicts have occurred.
The students also work with the NGOs. That may
involve observing trials and interpreting them for a nonlegal audience, perhaps by producing reports, blogs, and
other documents.
During the summer the students don't spend time
on a practicum, but they do take part in workshops and

BRANDIES UNIVERSITY

David Lenett,
a Brandies
University
student, leads
the winning moot
court team at the
Grotius Centre
competition in
The Hague.



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