UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Laws LLM students on a field trip to The Hague

30 March 2017

LLM Student Trip

This week, UCL Laws LLM students participating in Professor Philippe Sands‘ module ‘Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals’ had the opportunity to complement their studies with a three day field trip to the International Courts and Institutions in The Hague.

The comprehensive program included visits to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the newly established Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC).

In addition, students were able to engage with high-level practitioners such as H.E. Judge James Crawford (ICJ) and H.E. Judge Howard Morrison (ICC) who gave insights into their daily work and recent developments in the field of international law. Fabricio Guariglia, Director of the Prosecutions Division at the ICC, spoke about the function of the ICC and it’s misperception in the media.

Students Meeting Crawford

At the PCA, students were not only informed about the increasing caseload and importance of the institution but were also delighted to meet former UCL Laws alumni who have successfully launched a career in international arbitration.

At the ICTY, the first international criminal tribunal since Nuremberg, the participants learned about the horrendous crimes committed in the Prijedor region in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the difficult but ultimately successfully task to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The trip was concluded by a visit to the youngest institution to be located in the Hague, the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC), a hybrid court that was set up to prosecute crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army and affiliated groups during the Kosovo war, including serious allegations of organ trafficking. After a stimulating Q&A session the panellists commended the students for their sharp questions and knowledge of international criminal law.

Peace Palace

Svit Senkovic, LLM Student, said:

‘After a year of studying international law in the classroom, it was very interesting to visit all the institutions and meet so many people, who actually make and practice international law. In addition, it was a great opportunity to spend some time with my colleagues outside of the classroom.’

The excursion was organised by the students and supported by a financial contribution from UCL Laws.

Image 1: LLM students meeting H.E. Judge James Crawford

Image 2: LLM students students in front of the Peace Palace

Image 3: LLM students gathering in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC)