Applications Due Jan. 1 for Summer Institute in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Two-week professional workshop in Indonesia during May

will focus on “Internal Conflicts in the Asia Pacific Region”

Applications are being accepted through Jan. 1 for the third annual Summer Institute in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights. Organized by the Asian International Justice Initiative – a collaboration between the East-West Center and the University of California-Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center ­– Summer Institute 2010 will be held in partnership with the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission in Bali, followed by an optional field trip to Aceh, Sumatra.

The workshop, scheduled for May 10-22, 2010, is designed for professionals working across a broad range of fields related to IHL and human rights, including lawyers, academics, journalists, non-governmental organization workers, investigators, monitors, government agency workers and graduate-level law students. The workshop is best suited to people working within the Asia Pacific region or with an Asia Pacific focus. Participants from Southeast Asia are strongly encouraged to apply.

This year’s course will focus on the rise of internal (or non-international) conflicts in the latter part of the 20th century and the first decade of the new millennium, and their impact on both regional and international peace and security. The curriculum will focus on approaches to conflict resolution in the Asia Pacific region, with a specific emphasis on conflicts, past and present, in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. The primary country case studies considered during this course will be: Indonesia (particularly focusing on the conflicts in Aceh and Papua); the Philippines (particularly focusing on the conflict between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mindanao); Sri Lanka; and southern Thailand.

The tuition fee for Summer Institute 2010 is US $2,000, which does not cover additional costs of travel, accommodation, visa fees and incidental expenses. A limited number of scholarships may be available for eligible applicants.



The Asian International Justice Initiative aims to provide on-the-ground support for rule-of-law and human-rights initiatives in Asia, in both the domestic and international legal context, primarily by partnering with courts and other institutions in the justice sector to assist them in achieving their goals in these areas.

The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.