Tilburg University Summer School

We offer you intensive academic summer courses (ECTS Accredited) combined with cultural and social activities.

The Possibility of Realizing Gender Justice?

Opportunities and Challenges in Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking

Course overview
Course period 17 July - 28 July 2017 (2 weeks)
ECTS Certificate of participation
Max. participants 30 participants
Course leaders Dr. mr. Anne-Marie de Brouwer, drs. mr. Eefje de Volder
Target group BA/MA students (from any discipline) with strong interest in the topics
Schedule Weekdays: 9:30-12:00 (theory); 12:00-15:00 (lunch and group work on assignments); 15:30-17:00 (discussion of assignments). Two days visit to institutions that deal with conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking (International Criminal Court and human trafficking institutions in the Netherlands)
Course fee € 650 for non-TiU Students; € 600 for TiU students; Early bird registration: 10% discount

Course aims

At the end of this course, participants 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.

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Course information

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. When fleeing conflict they are forced by human traffickers into exploitative practices en route and in the country of destination. We see reports about this in the news every day.  Think, for example, about the situation in Syria, South Sudan, and the refugee crisis in Europe. Both conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking are crimes that affect the physical integrity of human beings and cause gender inequality worldwide. In addressing both crimes a contribution is made to remedy that injustice. Gender justice refers to a world where men and women can equally enjoy rights and can equally share in the distribution of power and wealth.

During the course we will look into the opportunities and challenges in addressing both conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking. These crimes may take place in conflict (as genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes), transitional and/or peacetime situations. For example, how can conflict-related sexual violence be investigated and prosecuted before local, national and international criminal tribunals? 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 two crimes be prevented? For example, how do we prevent that UN peacekeepers engage in sexual violence themselves 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 gender justice.

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Course materials

  • Academic articles and/or book chapters will be prescribed.
  • A digital version of all the reading materials will be sent by e-mail after registration closes, so participants can prepare for the classes.
  • All materials will be distributed in hardcopy in the beginning of the course.
  • For assignments preparations, students have access to the Tilburg University.

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Course specifics

The course includes:

  • two week program of interactive lectures with group assignments. An overview of the topics is available in a pdf document on the right column of this webpage;
  • interdisciplinary lecturers teaching about the topics based on both academic and field expertise;
  • two days will be used for visiting relevant institutions in the Netherlands dealing with conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking (International Criminal Court and human trafficking institutions in the Netherlands);
  • certificate of participation.

Students are expected to:

  • prepare for interactive lectures through reading prescribed 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 to critically approach and assess contemporary issues in relation to the phenomena of conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking in a concluding assignment at the last day of the summer school.

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Application & Registration

Applicants must have a profound interest in the phenomena of human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence and have proficient knowledge of English. Further applicants are expected to participate actively throughout the course. A maximum of 30 participants will be accepted. Tilburg University Summer School reserves the right to cancel the course in case there are not enough applicants; the minimum number of participants is 10.

Registration is open now! Please go to the registration page to subscribe. Your registration should be completed (including acceptance of payment) by the end of June, 2017. Early Bird application deadline: April 30th, 2017.

If you want to apply for this course, please follow these steps:

  • You can register via the Tilburg University Summer School registration page.
  • Follow the steps in the registration system and fill in your personal information and requirements.
  • Once you have completed your registration (click “save”), the summer school staff will evaluate the information.
  • Upon acceptance, your registration will be approved and you will be notified via e-mail with instructions concerning the payment of the course fee (iDEAL or creditcard).
  • Your registration will only be completed and acknowledged after we have received your payment.

In case of questions, you can contact the summer school (summerschool@tilburguniversity.edu) or the course coordinator Eefje de Volder (e.j.a.devolder@tilburguniversity.edu)

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Costs

  • € 650 for non-Tilburg University students.
  • € 600 for Tilburg University students.
  • Early bird registration (completed, accepted and paid before April 30th 2017) gives a 10% discount on the price.
  • Price covers two full course weeks, including course material, access to computers/internet/library, two visits to relevant institutions and welcome & farewell drinks.
  • There are no scholarships available. The course fee does not cover accommodation, lunch, travel costs (except of the two visits) and the cost for additional components in the social program.
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Accommodation

The course fee does not include accommodation. Tilburg University Summer School recommends you to book a room with the recommended housing company directly. If you wish to do so, you can indicate this during your registration. Also you can visit  Student Housing.

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More information

For more information, please send an e-mail to summerschool@tilburguniversity.edu

For inquiries about the course, please contact e.j.a.devolder@tilburguniversity.edu 

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