Study Trip to The Hague

At the end of the second semester our students made their way to the international city of peace and justice, "The Hague" for a thorough study trip to the main international organisations.

The trip started with a visit to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) where the students were given a presentation about the work of the Court.  They learned about the current international legal disputes submitted by states and the advisory opinions on legal issues referred to it by the UN (advisory proceedings). After the presentation, they could enjoy a guided tour around the Peace Palace.

In the afternoon, they were given insights about the practical work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), particularly about the DNA identification of missing persons, and assistance in creating strategies and institutions to search for missing persons.

On the second day, the students visited the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), and attended a short Trial Proceeding on the case of STANISIC (the Head of the State Security Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia) and SIMATOVIC (employee in the Second administration of the DB of the MUP). The trial was followed by a thorough presentation given by the staff, including the defence lawyer and the prosecutor.

The Agenda of the trip also included a visit to 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. At the ICC, the students had a chance to attend the trial of Dominic Ongwen (Commander of a Lord’s Resistance Army), charged with 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Northern Uganda.

Mr. Lamberto Zannier, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) gave an overview about his practical work in identifying and addressing causes of ethnic tensions and conflicts and the current situation of national minorities.

With this pleasant and informative study trip to The Hague, the first academic year of the seventh generation of our students has ended. From experience, we know that this is always a small farewell. In the next semester, the students are spread all around the globe to expand their knowledge, acquired in the first academic year. They will be able to gain practical experience through their mandatory internships and will build new relationships and contacts in the professional world.

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 a sensational dinner on the beach of The Hague.

We are looking forward to seeing our students again in spring 2020, when they kick off their fourth semester with their internship presentations and we wish them the very best of luck in their internships.