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Public International Law and Human Rights

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 1300
Bachelor level

Are you interested in the role of law in international affairs? Would you like to develop an understanding on the inter-play between international organizations, states, and individuals when it comes to the realisation of human rights? This intensive and interactive two-week course offers the chance to critically examine both public international law and international human rights law in a challenging and stimulating learning environment. Participants will look first at the theory and practice of international law, before zooming in on human rights. By the end of the two weeks, participants will have an applicable set of skills, competences, and expertise.

A special track consists out of a number of courses, which have been successfully combined in the past. Registering for a special track is more convenient than for each course separately and it also often results to substantial discount.

The special track consists of:
- Introduction to Public International Law
- International Human Rights Law: An Introduction

The aim of the first week of this combined track is to provide the participants with a basic introduction to selected issues of international law, and to show its relevance in today's most pertinent global challenges. We will look at the role of international law in responding to today's global challenges, such as the Russian activities in Ukraine, the legal aftermath of Srebrenica, the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq, and climate change negotiations. These issues will be used to examine the nature and function of international law, its sources and subjects, and questions of jurisdiction and immunities, state responsibility and the responsibility of international organizations.

The second week of the combined track offers the participants a basic introduction to human rights law. It begins by examining the philosophical and political foundations of human rights and then explores human rights documents and mechanisms for their promotion and protection at the international and regional levels. Human rights-based approaches used to analyze conflict and to attempt to promote peace and justice will also be explored. Through lectures, interactive working groups, expert panels, and excursion(s), participants will gain an understanding of the (im)possibilities offered by human rights law, and the way in which the various elements in this field interplay.

Tags: public international law, human rights

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Cedric Ryngaert


The two-week course is designed for those individuals interested in international law in general, with a focus on human rights.


Introduce the participants to international and human rights law.


12 hours teaching during 8 days.
4 hours reading per day.
Marks on the basis of two presentations/exams.


• € 1300 - Course + course materials + housing


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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


mr. dr. Otto Spijkers
Achter Sint Pieter 200
Room 1.20
Phone direct: 030 253 7095
Phone Secretariat: 030 253 7038
Email: o.spijkers@uu.nl

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Deadline for registration: 30 June 2017

Application closed