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

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How can conflict-related sexual violence be investigated and prosecuted in international criminal tribunals as an aspect of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity itself?  Around the world every day, countless human beings - men, women, boys and girls - suffer the harsh consequences of conflict-related rape and human trafficking. During this intensive two-week course you will delve into the opportunities and challenges in addressing both crimes.

Course information

This course in short

  • Entry requirements:
    Bachelor’s / Master’s students of any discipline with a strong interest in topics of social and gender justice.
  • Taught by:
    You will study with two experts in the field: Dr. Anne-Marie de Brouwer of the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) at TiU, co-founder and chair of the Mukomeze Foundation for survivors of sexual violence of the 1994 Rwandan genocide; and Dr. Eefje de Volder, whose research topics include human trafficking.
  • Start date:
    Monday 8 July 2019
  • Duration | ECTS:
    2 weeks | 6 ECTS
  • Language of instruction:
    English
  • School:
    Law (TLS)
  • Course fee:
    Course fee: €1000
    - 10% early bird discount*
    - 10% discount for current Tilburg University students*
    - 10% discount for students from partner universities*

    *Combining discounts is not possible

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, analyse and critically assess the opportunities and challenges in addressing conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking through legal and non-legal mechanisms;
  • Identify, analyse 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, analyse 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

All around the world, numerous men, women, boys and girls suffer the harsh consequences of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking. 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 about what is happening today in (former) conflict areas and in the wake of the refugee crisis in Europe 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. In addressing both crimes, which take place in conflict, transitional and/or peacetime situations, a contribution is made to remedy that injustice.

During this two-week course we will look into the opportunities and challenges in addressing both crimes. Among the questions we will address are:

  • 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 to address 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?
    • And how can these crimes be prevented?
      For example, how do we prevent that military peacekeepers engage in sexual violence as witnessed in the Central African Republic?

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

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 email after registration closes, so that you can prepare for class.
  • All 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

This course includes:

  • An intensive two week program of interactive lectures with group assignments. Overview of the topics is available here (insert link to Schedule);
  • Interdisciplinary lecturers who teach from both an academic and practical perspective (e.g. research and field expertise);
  • Two one-day working visits to relevant institutions in the Netherlands dealing with both phenomena;
  • Social and networking activities include welcome and farewell drinks as part of the course;
  • A certificate of participation upon successful completion of the course.

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 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.

Assessment:

  • For this course you will receive a final grade between 1 and 10. You need a minimum of 5.5 in order to pass this course and receive 6 ECTS credits.
  • The course grade will be made up of two parts: (1) group assignments (40% of total grade), involving case study discussion, country evaluation; testimonial assessment; development of preventive measures; critical assessment of preventive measures and presentation of these assignments; and (2) one individual final closed book exam (60% of total grade).
  • Please note that attendance of all classes, including taking part in the assignments and closed book exam, is mandatory in order to obtain a grade and 6 ECTS for this course. Only in exceptional cases and with good cause, you can miss a day of class. This will need to be communicated to the lecturers well in advance. A maximum of one group assignment can be missed (for which you will receive the grade 1) and will need to be compensated by the other assignments and final closed book exam so that the average grade is minimum 5.5.

    Application and registration

    At the moment, it is not possible to register for Tilburg University Summer School 2019. Do you want to be notified when registration opens? Please fill in the form on the registration page.

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    For more information about Tilburg University Summer School (TUSS), please send an e-mail to summerschool@tilburguniversity.edu.


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