Inter-University Programme on International Criminal Law and Procedure

In many countries around the world, universities have set up undergraduate and graduate programmes for the study of international law and, especially, international criminal law and procedure. Such programmes now exist in the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, the United States, Germany, South Africa, among others. They provide students with the knowledge they need should they wish to engage in the academic field, the judiciary or private practice and they give the students an advantage if they choose to apply for jobs in international courts and tribunals. In order to offer their students all the opportunities they deserve, the universities in Lebanon have also begun to engage in this process.

Inter-University Programme

For this reason, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Outreach and Legacy Section of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) have created an Inter-University Programme on International Criminal Law and Procedure. This programme is designed for Lebanese undergraduate students in their 3rd and 4th year of studies, as well as a limited number of graduate students. Students from the following Universities take part: American University of Science and Technology (AUST), Beirut Arab University (BAU), Notre Dame University (NDU), Université La Sagesse (ULS), Université Libanaise (UL), Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK), the American University of Beirut (AUB), the Lebanese American University (LAU), the University of Balamand (UoB), the Islamic University of Lebanon (IUL) and the Academic University College for Non-violence and Human Rights (AUNOHR). The first lecture took place in November 2011. 

Content

This programme is unique in that it enables law students from eleven different universities in Lebanon to follow several lectures on international criminal law and procedure together. This initiative provides a unique academic experience for all involved as the individual lectures are delivered by prominent (international) academics and practitioners in the field, via internet streaming, from the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague, the Netherlands, to one of the lecture halls in the participating universities in Lebanon. Lectures are delivered in English or French and simultaneous interpretation into Arabic is provided.

The main themes of the programme are:

  • History of the law of the international tribunals
  • Sources of international criminal (procedural) law
  • Substantive law: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and terrorism
  • General principles: modes of liability, rights of the accused, role of victims
  • Jurisdiction, admissibility and complementarity
  • International criminal proceedings: pre-trial, trial, judgment, appeal and sentencing

Students

The course has been met with great interest among students of the participating universities. One student from the season 2011/2012 noted:

“Dear T.M.C Asser Instituut, I want to say thanks for this big opportunity that you gave me: first to let me explore the real world of justice. Second to introducing us to respectful professors and judges in this program which is first of its kind in Lebanon and the Middle East. And finally, all the words of thanks will not be enough to express my gratitude and appreciation for your efforts to build a better future for young generations.”

More Information

Please contact Dr Christophe Paulussen, Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague, and Academic Programme Coordinator IHL/ICL.