The week-long institute will focus on the exploration of the processes through which international criminal law is being taught, learned, structured and innovated. But it also seeks to build critical pedagogies that will grow and take root through its faculty and graduate student base. By examining the key components of international justice –its social constructions, law’s technocratic potential, the political economy and affective life—the course is committed to exploring the actors engaged in the making of international criminal law regimes as well as the contexts within which such forms of international law are made to intervene. With attention on the lawyers, diplomats, Non-Governmental Organizations, and various institutions that shape the moral values of contemporary law and the role of other actors engaged in supporting and facilitating justice work, the institute explores the contexts, innovations, controversies, and contestations within the field of international criminal law.
The summer institute is intended to be highly participatory and inclusive, with simultaneous English-French translation where needed, and includes a number of field trips that will allow student participants to explore how different institutions work in practice by attending hearings, observing moments when judgments are made, debating issues with specialists in the field, and (in relation to embassies) offering the opportunity to understand the work and role of diplomats in international arenas.
The field trips also allow students to participate in interactive meetings with actors involved in international and domestic (transitional) justice institutions such as Gacaca processes, prosecution and defense attorneys, judges, correctional services workers, and members of non-governmental organizations. They will have opportunities to ask questions and participate in debates about their work and role in the field of international criminal justice or domestic transitional justice.
One of the aims of the Summer Institute is to build inter-institutional linkages between students, established scholars, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in the Global North and South.
The Summer Institute brings together established scholars who will contribute to the teaching, research, and mentoring mission of the network, while also offering students and presenters an opportunity to share their research and critically reflect on some of the most pressing concerns of the contemporary period—especially in the Global South.
The focus of Summer Institute is on the development of a critical international law pedagogy through a collaborative international law network that explores international justice though an integrated and interdisciplinary approach.