The Hague, Netherlands

Students and faculty at UMKC School of Law journey to The Hague, Netherlands each March during the mini-term.

The trip is part of a 1-credit course on International Criminal Tribunals taught by Professor William Worster of The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ International Bachelor of Law Program. UMKC Law Professor Tim Lynch accompanies students on the trip. Students completing the International Law emphasis can use this trip to fulfill their study abroad requirement.

Students visit a variety of significant institutions, such as:

  • The International Court of Justice (ICJ)
  • The International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). (Note: The ICTY has been dissolved, but its remaining duties are handled by “The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals” or “The Mechanism” or the “IRMCT,” or, most commonly, “the MICT”)
  •  The Peace Palace
  •  Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
  •  US Embassy
  •  Iran-US Claims Tribunal (IUSCT)
  •  Special Tribunal on Lebanon (STL)
  •  Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Students also visit a variety of other points of interest, including The Binnenhof and Ridderzaall, Mauritshuis Museum, Vermeer Center and Museum, as well as side trips to Amsterdam (45 minutes by train).

For more information on the program, contact Professor Tim Lynch:

Student Testimonials:

“Visiting the Hague was an incredible experience as we toured some of the most important international institutions in the world.”

“The trip to The Hague really opened my eyes to the world of International Law. On the trip we got the opportunity to see how many different international courts operated and how different countries work together to try to maintain peace around the world. As students, we also got to see the behind-the-scenes of how each of these courts operate. Additionally, we got to ask the people who work every day in the courts any questions we had. This is an opportunity that we would not have been able to have if we had gone there on our own.”