Each year, a summer school is held in Berlin for two weeks during the South African winter break in June and July. It is hosted by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and offers an interdisciplinary forum for students in the programme, students of Humboldt-Universität and legal experts. The students participate in lectures and workshops offered by distinguished practitioners and academics. In addition, the participating students visit memorials relevant both to German history and to the development of international criminal law. Of course, students also get the chance to enjoy the many other possibilities that Berlin offers.

This year’s summer school took place from 17 June to 9 July 2016. The inauguration speech was held by Nigerian Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji of the International Criminal Court on “The Value of Criminal Jurisdiction for the African Court as an Instrument of Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention – Other Things Being Equal”. The Judge provided the participants with a detailed overview on the benefits and problems in relation to the Malabo Protocol, which still has to be ratified by 15 member states to entry into force. He, as well, answered questions concerning current developments at the ICC.

For further information on the various interesting topics of the lectures you can find the programme here.

Among other activities, the students visited the House of the Wannsee Conference and the German Resistance Memorial in Berlin, where they had the opportunity to learn more about Germany under the Nazi-Regime.

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