Summer Institute in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights for interested alumni

Update: The correct dates for the Summer Institute is June 22 to July 3, 2009. It was listed incorrectly in the original post.

The Asian International Justice Initiative looks forward to hosting its second annual Summer Institute in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (the Summer Institute) in Bali, Indonesia from June 22 through July 3, 2009. The two-week workshop is designed for participants working across a broad range of fields and disciplines related to international humanitarian law and human rights. The workshop is best suited to people working within the Asia Pacific region or with an Asia Pacific focus. Past workshop participants have included journalists, non-governmental organization workers, investigators, monitors, government agency workers, as well as lawyers and advanced law students from across Asia and other continents. The workshop is a joint effort between the East-West Center, the University of California Berkeley’s War Crimes Studies Center, and the National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia, Komnas HAM.

The theme for the 2009 Summer Institute is ‘Transitional Justice and and Post-Conflict Human Rights.’ The course aims to provide participants with an in-depth look at the key mechanisms being utilized to deal with violations of international humanitarian law and human rights committed throughout the Asia-Pacific region today, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia. Some of the mechanisms considered during the course include:

* Transitional justice mechanisms
* Post conflict trials
* Methods of inquiry and investigation
* Legal framework to post conflict situations
* Human rights monitoring and reporting
* Peace-building initiatives

The 2009 course material will focus particular attention on national human rights commissions and their role in human rights investigation, documentation and reporting.

Participants will be taught by a faculty of experts from the region.

To view pictures of last year’s course, click here.

To view the Asian International Justice Initiative website click here.

To inquire about the program contact Penelope Van Tuyl (Coordinator) at