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Justice for victims of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking?

TUSS - Intro 2 How can victims of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking get any form of justice? Around the world every day, countless human beings - men, women, boys and girls -  suffer the harsh consequences of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking.

Course information

This course in short

  • Content:
    During this intensive two-week course you will delve into the opportunities and challenges in addressing both crimes.
  • Entry requirements:
    BA/MA students of any discipline with a strong interest in topics of social and international justice
  • Taught by:
    Dr. Anne-Marie de Brouwer
    Drs. Eefje de Volder
  • Start date:
    Monday 9 July 2018
  • Duration | ECTS:
    2 weeks | ECTS to be determined
  • Language of instruction:
    English
  • School:
    Tilburg Law School
  • Course fee:

    Course fee: €1000

    • 10% early bird discount when registering before the 1st of March*
    • 10% discount for current Tilburg University students*
    • 10% discount for students from partner universities*

    *Combining discounts is not possible, discounts are not applicable for Language courses

Course aims

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify and describe the phenomena of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking and how these contribute to (gender) injustice;
  • identify, analyze and critically assess the opportunities and challenges in addressing conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking through legal and non-legal mechanisms;
  • identify, analyze and critically assess the opportunities and challenges for victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking with regard to their rights and needs;
  • identify, analyze and critically assess the opportunities and challenges in preventing conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking;
  • argue whether the current national and international approaches that deal with both crimes contribute to achieving (gender) justice.

Course content

The context of this course is the current international situation:

Thousands of men, women and children are forced into sexual slavery or raped during conflict-situations, and/or, when fleeing conflict, are forced by human traffickers into exploitative practices en route and in the country of destination. One only needs to watch the news to see that these practices are ever present. Both phenomena are crimes that affect the physical integrity of human beings and cause gender inequality worldwide.

The ultimate goal of this summer course is to critically assess whether the current approaches are contributing to realizing justice:

We will examine the opportunities and challenges in addressing both crimes – sexual violence and human trafficking, asking questions such as:

  • How can conflict-related sexual violence be investigated and prosecuted before local, national and international criminal tribunals as part of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes?
  • Does the approach of addressing the business model of human traffickers (targeting the profit) contribute effectively to combatting the crime?
  • What are the needs and rights of victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking to ensure justice?
  • How can these crimes be prevented? For example, how do we prevent military ‘peacekeepers’ from engaging in sexual violence as witnessed in the Central African Republic?

This course includes:

  • An intensive two week program of interactive lectures with group assignments. Overview of the topics is available in PDF on the right side of the page;
  • interdisciplinary lecturers who  teach from both an academic and practical perspective (eg research and field expertise);
  • two days’ working visit to relevant institutions in the Netherlands;
  • social and networking activities include welcome and farewell drinks as part of the course;
  • certificate of participation upon successful completion of the course.

Course materials and specifics

Course materials

  • A number of academic articles and/or book chapters will be assigned; a digital version of all the reading materials will be sent by e-mail after registration closes, so that you can prepare for class.
  • All the materials will be distributed in hardcopy at the start of the course and are also available online.
  • When preparing for assignments during the course, you also have access to the Tilburg University library to seek additional sources.

Course specifics

  • Schedule: weekdays: 9:30-12:00 (theory); 12:00-14:30 (lunch and group work on assignments); 14:30-16:00 (discussion of assignments).
  • Two days include visits to institutions that deal with conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking (International Criminal Court (ICC) and Dutch Coordination Center against Human Trafficking (CoMensha))

You are expected to:

  • prepare for interactive lectures through reading assigned materials;
  • be present and actively participate during the interactive lectures;
  • demonstrate the learned skills in a practical assignment at the end of each lecture day;
  • demonstrate the ability to critically approach and assess contemporary issues in relation to the phenomena of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking in a concluding assignment on the last day of the course;
  • English proficiency (spoken and written) is required.

Applicants must have, at a minimum, a profound interest in the phenomena of human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence; be proficient in English; and intend to participate actively throughout the course.

Testimonials

Participants of this course in 2017 rated this course with a 9.1. This is what they had to say about the course:

Lilly Rose Oker

Field of Study: Law

I attended the course on Justice at Tilburg University. It was a Summer Course focussing on conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking. It was fantastic in the sense that I gained insights on two topics based on a multi-disciplinary approach. The instructors are very knowledgeable in their fields, both theoretically and practically. Two weeks well spent.

Farah

Country: Belgium

Year of birth: 1991

Field of study: Law (Human Rights)

It is a very empowering experience to be able to meet interesting people who share the same passion for human rights and being able to share knowledge with them in a setting as beautiful as the Tilburg University Campus.

Sophie De Spiegeleir

Country: Belgium

Year of birth: 1992

Field of study: Anthropology and Victimology

This Summer School was an eye-opener. During 2 weeks, I could involve my two degrees and favourite fields of study (Anthropology and Victimology) while discussing and sharing with very smart and inspiring people about conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking. I feel even more inspired now to make a difference, to make an impact and especially in my own country.

Contact

For more information about Tilburg University Summer School (TUSS), please send an e-mail to summerschool@tilburguniversity.edu. For more information about the content of the course, please send an e-mail to e.j.a.devolder@tilburguniversity.edu


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