SLS at the Hague

On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Stanford Law School 2L & 3L students, accompanied by Professor Jenny Martinez and Visiting Professor Beth Van Schaack, traveled to the Netherlands to spend a week visiting The Hague as part of an International Criminal Justice course offered by SLS.

During their trip, students met with officials from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, International Court of Justice.

This was one of the most incredible and rewarding academic experiences I have ever had. However, without SLS’s generous financial contribution, this trip would not have been possible for me. … It is this kind of willingness to experiment, institutional flexibility, and commitment to the student experience that truly sets Stanford Law School apart.

James Barton, JD‘15 On The System of International Justice: From Stanford to The Hague — a class and international immersion opportunity offered through the Global Initiative

Perspectives: Studying at The Hague

In our Stanford classroom, professors Martinez and Van Schaack led us through the history of international tribunals, the development and operation of the courts currently in session in The Hague, the types of crimes prosecuted by these courts, and the policy debates swirling around their creation. We read judicial opinions handed down by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) and reviewed background material to prepare for the trials we would be observing. I’m not quite sure how they did it, but in only 15 hours of class, professors Martinez and Van Schaack had us thinking and arguing like the international criminal lawyers we would be meeting with the next week (or at least I’d like to think so!). 


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Stanford Law Schools Visiting the Hague