SUMMER HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
May 25 – June 2, 2023
Trinity’s annual Summer Human Rights Program is an experiential course focused on the international law of human trafficking, as well as an introduction to the history and legal response to the Cambodian genocide.
The program begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia’s second largest city. You will also spend a full day exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. After your time in Siem Reap, you will have the option of exploring Southeast Asia on your own.
Then you will travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. While there, you will have the unique opportunity to meet organizations and individuals actively fighting human trafficking in Southeast Asia. You will visit former brothels that were shut down and converted to a school and workplace training facility for survivors of trafficking. Likewise, many of the cafes and restaurants you will visit are run by, and provide support for, survivors of trafficking. You will also visit the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the tribunal responsible for prosecuting members of the Khmer Rouge for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions during the Cambodian genocide. While at the ECCC, you will meet with international prosecutors and defense attorneys to discuss the cases and the work of the Tribunal. You will also visit the Tuol Sleng genocide museum and the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek.
The Summer Human Rights Program provides a unique opportunity to learn about international law and the prevention of human trafficking, and about international criminal justice after genocide. You can also explore rich cultural sites, including the bustling Central Market, the stunning Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and the many wonderful local eateries.
The program begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia’s second largest city. You’ll spend a full day exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat, which is the largest religious monument in the world. The program ends in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Capital City. Program dates to be announced. During the break between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, there is an optional tour to Brunei. However, you are welcome to explore Southeast Asia on your own during the break.
Professor Craig Hawkins
M.A., Simon Greenleaf University
M.A., Trinity Graduate School
M.A., Claremont Graduate University
B.A., University of California, Irvine
The cost of the program covers your accommodations in Cambodia (and Brunei if you choose to attend the option tour). Transportation around Cambodia is also covered by the cost of the program. You are responsible for your own airfare to/from Cambodia and to/from Brunei, if you choose to do the optional tour.
The cost for each student is $3,150 (double occupancy) or $3,450 (single occupancy) which includes three semester hours from Trinity Law School, hotel, and daily breakfast. Airfare is the responsibility of the student. Students should budget $15/day for meals.
Financial aid can be utilized for this program. For more information, please contact the Business Office at [email protected] or 714-796-7120.
Family and Guests are welcome to attend. The cost for family and guests is $1,500 per person. That includes their accommodations and transportation around Cambodia. Family and guests are also responsible for all of their own airfare.
For more information about this winter abroad program in Cambodia, please contact Assistant Professor Andrew R. DeLoach at [email protected].
Trinity JD students who are eligible for elective units and Trinity MLS students who have completed at least three units are eligible to participate in this course. Non-Trinity students who are enrolled in a Juris Doctor or Master of Legal Studies program at another school may apply to participate for transfer credit.
All interested students should contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected] or 714-796-7140 for more information about registration.
Before requesting to attend, please confirm that your Academic Plan complies with Summer Human Rights Institute courses. JD students should contact Joy Statler, Academic Advisor, at [email protected] or 714-796-7173. MLS students should contact Margaret Fitzsimmons, TLS Advisor, at [email protected] or 714-796-7111.
To be admitted to participate, you must have a color copy/scan of your passport, a digital headshot photo, a copy/scan of your highest diploma, a short curriculum vitae (CV), Assumption of Risk, Release & Participation Agreement Form (700A), and Health Information and Release Form (700H).