The Hague study visit 2016

At the end of June our fourth generation of Vienna Master in Human Rights students and the staff went on a study trip to The Hague. The Netherlands’ capital city hosts a great number of international organisations and consequently plays an important role in international politics and human rights.

At the International Criminal Court (ICC), the students were shown the premises and were given a general introduction about the work of the ICC which aims to hold those responsible accountable for the gravest crimes such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Our students had to chance to learn more about the work of the ICC through a presentation of the current cases and developments at the court with a question answer session as well as a meeting with one of ICC’s judges.

Also on the agenda was a visit at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) where the students got an insight of the work of the judges and were present at the Appeals Chamber Judgement where the convictions of Mi?o Staniši?, former Minister of the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Bosnia Herzegovina, and Stojan Župljanin, former Chief of the Regional Security Services Centre of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, were confirmed.

Astrid Thors, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities gave an overview about her practical work in identifying and addressing causes of ethnic tensions and conflicts and the current situation of national minorities. 

With the study trip to The Hague, the first academic year of the fourth generation of our students has ended, and from experience we know that this is always a small farewell. In the third semester the students are spread all around the world to gain practical experience throughout their mandatory internships. To complete this first year of new experiences and networks, academic insights and knowledge, heated discussions and cognitive and emotional challenges, the study trip was finished with an extensive brunch on the beach of The Hague.

We are looking forward to seeing our students again in spring 2017, when they kick off their fourth semester with their internship presentations.