The Hague Symposium has successfully come to a close!  Applications for 2013 will open in mid-November.  

  • See a slideshow of photos from the 2012 The Hague Symposium [here]
  • View the official 2012 program of events [here]

In partnership with the Clingendael Institute of International Relations, The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice will be held in The Netherlands from July 21 – August 18, 2012 and will bring together 60 of the world’s brightest young minds from top law schools, graduate institutions, international organizations, judiciaries, grassroots justice movements, and the military. Over a four-week period, participants will undergo intensive training from the field’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates in the skills necessary to holistically restructure a society after the cessation of violent conflict and/or authoritarian rule, as well as bring those responsible for human rights violations to justice.  Participants will gain a broad understanding of this emerging field, including concepts, controversies, and institutions, as well as critically examine the historical and contemporary uses of different justice interventions through direct interactions with the actual decision makers.  In light of the Arab Spring and the increasing reach of the International Criminal Court, this training could not be more timely or necessary.

Through formal lectures, site visits to International Tribunals and Courts, and interactive simulations and workshops (as well as in informal settings), emerging leaders selected to attend will increase their understanding of strengthening legitimate institutions and governance to provide security, justice, and development and break cycles of violence; skills that are instrumental in ensuring long-term stability and preventing conflicts from recurring. In addition, students will have the option to earn LLM course credit from the Grotius Center for International Legal Studies at Leiden University; consistently ranked as one of the world’s top centers for education in international law.

The academics in The Hague will focus both on dilemmas and process, including the following key areas of interest:

In-depth discussions with the decision-makers of and site visits to:


Primary Links of Interest:

  • Access your Online Application and Apply Now [here]
  • View the IPSI Official City Guide to The Hague [here]
  • Download the 2012 IPSI Symposiums Poster [here]
  • View/Print the 2012 The Hague Symposium Press Release [here]

ACADEMICS:   The curriculum of The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice is designed and managed by IPSI in partnership with the Clingendael Institute of International Relations and in cooperation with Academic Coordinators Professor Carsten Stahn, Programme Director, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, and Professor Joseph Powderly, Managing Editor, Criminal Law Forum, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies. The course work includes modules on restorative and retributive justice, security and development as they relate to rule of law, as well as intensive case studies on the serious practical and moral dilemmas facing the field of transitional justice.

IPSI’s methodology stresses hands-on experiential learning where representatives from the first world, the developing world, and conflict and post-conflict countries have the opportunity to actually make the decisions faced by current leaders.  By creating safe, yet dynamic spaces, participants have the occasion to work together to propose solutions for the world’s most seemingly intractable issues. We create life-long global bonds of friendship and respect between our attendees and with our high-level trainers, accelerating the careers and broadening the worldview of all men and women selected to attend.

Sampling of  Speakers/Trainers invited for The Hague Symposium:

Keynote Address:
Newly Elected Prosecutor,
International Criminal Court
Learn about Prosecutor Bensouda >>

DERICK W. BRINKERHOFF Distinguished Fellow, International Public Management, RTI

BRENDA HOLLIS Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone 

DOV JACOBS Assistant Professor in International Law, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

AMB. JACQUES PAUL KLEIN Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia; Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Bosnia and Herzegovina

LIEUTENANT GENERAL TON VAN LOON Corps Commander, I. German/Dutch Corps; Former Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Regional Command South (RC-S)

PAUL MEERTS Senior Research Associate, Clingendael

JUAN E. MENDEZ UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Former President, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)

WILBUR PERLOT Training and Research Fellow, European Studies Programme, Clingendael

JAN PRONK Former UN Special Representative to Sudan

ROD RASTAN Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

DR. VALERIE ROSOUX Research Fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) and Professor of International Negotiation at UCL

CARSTEN STAHN Programme Director, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

WILLIAM STUEBNER Former Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY); Former Chief of Staff and Senior Deputy for Human Rights of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

CHARLES VILLA-VICENCIO  Former National Research Director for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Visiting Research Fellow, Georgetown University

Plus additional top experts from The Grotius Center and Clingendael

LEIDEN ACADEMIC CREDIT: Participants selected for matriculation may apply to receive five (5) ECTS transferable LLM course credits (equal to one semester-long course) from the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University – Campus Den Haag, if they satisfy requirements for admission into its non-degree summer programs; failure to be admitted to the credit program does not prevent students from participating in all other aspects of the seminar.  The Academic Coordinators for course credit are Professor Carsten Stahn and Professor Joseph Powderly. Please indicate on your application whether you are electing to take The Hague Symposium for academic credit, as Leiden will require additional application materials.  Those students pursuing the academic route will face an additional rigorous, albeit ultimately rewarding, curriculum including graded written assignments.

  • Learn more about how to earn academic credit [here]

EVENT SPACE:  Classes will be held at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, which is located in a 17th century manor house surrounded by a large park.  Clingendael acts as a think-tank as well as a diplomatic academy in order to identify and analyze emerging political and social developments for the benefit of government and the general public. International political leaders, diplomats, journalists and researchers are frequently invited to give lectures and to take part in conferences and seminars, and visiting scholars from all over the world participate in the Institute’s activities.

Watch a video highlighting the natural beauty of the Clingendael Park (the event space appears at minute 0:23 and again at 1:43):

Location in The Hague:  Considered the seat of international law, The Hague is home to several major institutes of international justice including the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICR).  On a national level, The Hague is also the seat of the Dutch Parliament, which first convened here in the 15th century.

Arts and culture are paramount in The Hague, which hosts over 30 museums including the world famous Mauritshuis and M.C. Escher museums.  In addition, icons such as the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh museums are just a short train ride away in Amsterdam.  During the warm days of summer, the natural beauty of Holland takes center stage.  The seaside suburb of The Hague, Scheveningen, is Holland’s most popular beach, and offers a myriad of restaurants and bars on the boardwalk.  Outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and kayaking are also extremely popular in July and August.

  • Access your Online Application and Apply Now [here]

PROGRAM DETAILS: The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice will take place from July 21 – August 18, 2012.  Classes will be held at the historic Clingendael Institute for International Relations. Your tuition includes all educational materials, private single room with en-suite bathroom in comfortable nearby accommodations, meals (breakfast and lunch Mon-Fri), and special events. Your classes will be held from 9:00 to 18:00 Monday-Friday.  Tuition does not include travel to or from The Hague.

Your weekends are free for the exploration of the museums, markets, canals, beaches, and natural beauty of The Netherlands.

Student-Speaker Dinners: Prior to arrival in The Hague, each participant is asked to list the top three speakers/trainers he or she would like to have dinner with over the month.  From these requests, a schedule of nightly dinners is posted so each student is included in two dinners.  Each weeknight, a group of 5-8 students enjoy a leisurely multi-course dinner with some of the world’s top transitional justice leaders.  It is at these dinners that much of the mentoring, awareness of employment/internship opportunities, and one-on-one conversations take place.

Peer Learning: Because peer learning is a crucial component of IPSI’s curriculum, we provide two structured ways to formally initiate the process.  First, participants have the opportunity over the course of the month to give an optional thirty-minute presentation on a topic of personal interest.  These optional student presentations are scheduled for the last half-hour of lunch each weekday.  Second, each evening students are invited to facilitate a discussion or conduct a skills-training for their fellow participants that will take longer than the alloted 30 minutes at lunch time.  Each weeknight at 20:00, a different peer-to-peer training will take place related to the topics discussed in class.  Participants will have the opportunity to sign-up for peer-to-peer training time slots  prior to arrival in The Hague.

STUDENT SELECTIONThe Hague Symposium strives to attract a diverse and accomplished student body from across the globe, especially peace and security leaders from conflict and post-conflict countries. A balanced and effective student body will draw from a broad spectrum of regions, religions, and ethnicities; emerging global leaders involved in academia, schools of law, national governments, international organizations, grassroots organizations, nongovernmental organizations, the media, the legal profession, the military, and other related fields.  IPSI will accept  60 young professionals, law students, graduate students, and accomplished rising seniors, based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Stellar academic and/or professional achievement
  • Keen interest in Peace & Security
  • A basic understanding of international justice mechanisms
  • A passion for social justice
  • Proven record of leadership positions in community affairs
  • Experience in/with government agencies and judiciaries
  • Military and/or Peacekeeping background

To be considered for matriculation, you will need to provide the following materials via our online application form:

  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Short essays (1000 characters or less) on
    • WHY you would like to attend The Hague Symposium & WHAT you intend to do with the training received
    • WHAT does being an “emerging leader” mean to you
  • Letter of recommendation
  • 10 EUR administration fee

Financial aid applicants are responsible for submitting an additional short essay on “why you are uniquely suited to utilize IPSI’s trainings to foster peace, security, and justice in your country/region.”

  • Access your Online Application and Apply Now [here]

DEADLINES & INVESTMENTS: IPSI will accept standard applications in two rounds from November 30, 2011 – May 14, 2012.  Your tuition includes all educational materials, private single room with en-suite bathroom in comfortable nearby accommodations, meals (breakfast and lunch Mon-Fri), and special events.  Applicants will be informed on a rolling basis within one-to-two weeks of submitting their applications (acceptances are merit-based and spots are limited, so apply as early as possible).  

Item Due Date Investment (EUR)
Early Decision Deadline Monday, February 13th CLOSED
Regular Decision Deadline Monday, May 14th CLOSED

Leiden Academic Credit (optional) upon acceptance

Due to the competitive process and high volume of applications, you will be asked to make a non-refundable 750 EUR down payment within ten days of notification of acceptance to the 2012 The Hague Symposium to reserve your spot. The entire cost of the symposium is due within five weeks of notification, or one month before arrival in The Hague (whichever falls first).  

Three Ways to Save:  There are three ways to reduce your tuition upon acceptance.

  1. Alumni/Participant recommendation: If you were directly referred by IPSI alumni or by an already confirmed 2012 participant, your tuition will automatically be reduced by 50 EUR.
  2. Full Payment bonus: If you choose to pay your entire tuition by wire transfer or check within ten days of acceptance, your total cost will be reduced by 50 EUR.
  3. Peer Recommendation bonus:  For every applicant directly referred by you (up to three) who is accepted and confirms his/her participation in the 2012 The Hague Symposium, IPSI will reduce your tuition by an additional 50 EUR.

IPSI reserves the right to modify tuition price if there is any major change in the value of the Euro against the US dollar.

  • Access your Online Application and Apply Now [here]

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LIMITED FINANCIAL AID: IPSI will carefully select a number of participants from conflict and post-conflict countries to receive financial aid for The Hague Symposium.  IPSI will place special emphasis on recruiting participants that work for peace, understanding, and reconciliation on opposing sides of any given conflict.  The majority of financial aid awarded will be between 250 – 2000 EUR off the full tuition cost.  Financial Aid applicants will be informed of IPSI’s selections in the second week of April.

Item Due Date Investment (EUR)
Scholarship Deadline (firm deadline) Monday, March 26th  CLOSED
  • Learn more about eligibility and how to apply for an IPSI financial aid [here]

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