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.
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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