University Senate                                                                     

Proposed: April 3, 2009

Adopted: by voice vote without dissent

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A CERTIFICATE
IN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW BETWEEN
COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL AND

THE UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM LAW SCHOOL
(School of Law)

 

WHEREAS, the Education Committee of the University Senate has favorably reviewed the proposal from the Law School to establish a Certificate in International Criminal Law jointly with the University of Amsterdam Law School; and

WHEREAS,    the Committee is satisfied that the proposal has the approval of the faculty and deans of the Law School, as well as that of the provost; and

WHEREAS, the proposed program will be a year-long, English language, integrated course of study, designed to train lawyers from both an American common law and European civil law perspective, and to prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in the world of international criminal tribunals, national practice, academia, and ministries of foreign affairs, justice, and defense; and

WHEREAS, the proposed program will be based on the “cohort” concept in which all participating students enter the program at the same time and follow the same curriculum, and will therefore provide opportunities for the students to learn in a supportive, collaborative environment; and

WHEREAS, the host institutions of the proposed program have made assurances that all courses required for completion of the program will be available to the participants; and

WHEREAS, participants in the proposed program will study with a distinguished U.S. and European faculty on the cutting edge of research and practice, with experience in both international criminal courts and national war crimes tribunals, and the participants will have opportunities to take part in faculty research; and

WHEREAS, the proposed program would be the first program of its kind to focus on International Criminal Law as a distinct field of legal study;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that a program leading to a Certificate in International Criminal Law jointly between Columbia University School of Law and the University of Amsterdam School of Law be established, with the proviso that the Committee will review the program in five years.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Senate forward this resolution to the Trustees for appropriate action.

 

                                                                        Proponent: Committee on Education


JOINT CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LA W UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM SCHOOL OF LAW


The program


The Global Alliance program in International Criminal Law, with George Fletcher as academic director, will be a year-long, English language, integrated course of study, designed to train lawyers from both a common law (American) and civil law (European) perspective. Graduates will be uniquely prepared to assume leadership roles in the world of international criminal tribunals, national practice, academia, and ministries of foreign affairs, justice and defense.


The program would begin in the fall semester at CLS and be followed by the spring semester in Amsterdam in a program co-sponsored by CLS and Amsterdam Law School. The program is projected to have between 20 to 24 participating students, equally divided between CLS and Amsterdam Law School.
Participants will complete a total of 30 credits in the program; 12 credits during the fall term at Columbia, and 18 credits at Amsterdam Law School during the spring term.
The program is based on the "cohort" concept, in which all participating students enter the program at the same time and follow the same curriculum. Columbia students will (generally) participate during their 3rd JD year after being selected during their 2L year. Amsterdam students will participate after successfully completing their first law degree. Program participants will spend the fall semester at Columbia and the spring term at Amsterdam Law School.


Participating students from Amsterdam Law School will receive a certificate from Columbia Law School memorializing participation in and successful completion of the program, alongside the diploma corresponding to the degree program they are principally following at Amsterdam Law School.
Participants will study with a distinguished U.S and European faculty on the cutting edge of research and practice, with experience in both international criminal courts and national war crimes trials. A variety of opportunities will be available for students to take part in faculty research.


This is the first program of its kind to focus on International Criminal Law as a distinct field of legal study; the program has no relationship to any other registered programs at CLS or Columbia University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FALL

 

SPRING

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

COURSE TITLE

 

 

 

Comparative Intro to American Law

3

International Criminal Law

 

 

International Criminal Tribunals: Substantive

International and Comparative Law

3

Law

 

 

International Criminal Tribunals: Procedural

The Law of Genocide

3

Aspects

 

 

Workshop Prosecution of International Crimes

International Law

4

in Practice

Colloquium

1

International Law

Biblical Jurisprudence

2

Criminal Law

Jurisprudence of War

3

 

Terror & Consent

3

:

S Human Rights Reparations under Domestic

 

 

& Int'l Law

2

 

Human Rights

3

 

Supervised Research

lor2

 


Senate Education Committee

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT: Certificate in International Criminal Law Between Columbia Law School and the University of Amsterdam Law School

Overview

The proposed program for a Certificate in International Criminal Law will be a year-long, English language, integrated course of study, which would begin in the fall semester at Columbia Law School (“CLS”) and be followed by the spring semester in Amsterdam in a program co-sponsored by Amsterdam Law School. The program is projected to have 20 to 24 participating students, equally divided between CLS and Amsterdam Law School. The CLS portion of the curriculum would consist of a menu of existing CLS courses.

The proposed program is based on the “cohort” concept, in which all participating students enter the program at the same time and pursue the same course of study each year. Columbia students will generally participate during their 3rd JD year after being selected during their 2L year. Students will spend the first semester at Columbia and the second abroad, with a cohort of students from the partner institutions, following a common course of study.  The host institutions of the proposed program have made assurances that all courses required for completion of the program will be available to the participants.

Students will receive instruction from a distinguished U.S. and European faculty on the cutting edge of research and practice, with experiences in both international criminal courts and national war crimes tribunals.  Students will also have opportunities to take part in faculty research.  Participating students will receive a joint certificate from the partner institutions memorializing participation in and successful completion of the program, alongside the diploma corresponding to the degree program they are principally following at their home school. 

Goals of Program

The proposed program represents a new generation of international student exchange programs offering a one-year integrated curriculum focusing on international criminal law.  The proposed program will train lawyers from both common law (American) and civil law (European) perspectives and will be the first program of its kind to focus on international criminal law as a distinct field of legal study.  The program is designed to prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in the world of international criminal tribunals, national practice, academia, and ministries of foreign affairs, justice, and defense.    

Conclusion

The proposed certificate program will provide students who are interested in international criminal law with a valuable opportunity to work in a collaborative educational community and receive instruction from a distinguished international faculty.  The Education Committee therefore supports the proposed program for a Certificate in International Criminal Law between Columbia Law School and the University of Amsterdam Law School.