The Hague, Netherlands  //  Strasbourg, France

Trinity’s annual Summer Human Rights Program is an advanced course in international and comparative human rights law. The 2018 program kicks off with one week in The Hague, Netherlands, home to the International Criminal Court and the Palace of Justice. From there, you’ll travel to Strasbourg, France to participate in the 49th summer session in International Human Rights Law at the L’Institut International des Droits de l’Homme (International Institute of Human Rights). As a participant, you will examine contemporary human rights issues each morning and afternoon, followed by a discussion of those issues from a Christian perspective with Trinity professors. Your lessons will be taught by leading academics and practitioners from around the world, and your classmates will hail from more than 80 countries. The Summer Human Rights Program provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn about international human rights in the heart of European democracy.

Visits to sites that contribute to the modern view of European human rights are included in the cost of the trip. Outside of class, you can explore the beautiful Alsace region and surrounding areas. Paris, Zurich, and Munich are less than four hours from Strasbourg by train, and other European destinations are a short flight away.


Program Dates: June 23 – July 21, 2018

Course Details: Six units of elective credit will be granted for successful completion of the program. This program is open to JD students and students in the MLS – Human Rights track. The topic for Summer 2018 is Human Rights Defenders.

L’Institut International des Droits de l’Homme, founded in 1969 by Nobel Peace Prize recipient René Cassin, is an association that works for the promotion and protection of human rights through research and training. The institute seeks to ensure the application of international human rights law, contribute to the establishment of democratic regimes worldwide, identify practices and policies that strengthen the protection of human rights, and train prevention techniques of human rights violations.

Professor Andrew DeLoach
J.D., California Western School of Law
B.A., University of California, San Diego
F.C.A., International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights

Professor Stephen P. Kennedy
Ph.D, University of Southern California
M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary
B.A., University of Southern California

JD Students: $5,700

MLS Students: $4,500

Audit/Visitor: $1,350

The program cost includes six semester hours from Trinity Law School (charged at per unit rate by program), single lodging in The Hague (accommodations TBD) and Strasbourg (Le Stift Dormitory), ground transportation from The Hague to Strasbourg, some meals, all required textbooks (digital version) and all fees for the International Institute of Human Rights. Airfare is not included, however, students who register and purchase their flight by February 1, 2018 will receive a $1000 reimbursement. Summer financial aid can apply. For more information, please contact Jennifer Tracy at or 714-796-7121.

Before applying, please confirm that your Academic Plan complies with Summer Human Rights Institute courses. If you are unsure or have questions about your Academic Plan, please contact Joy Statler, Academic Advisor, at or 714-796-7173.

In order to complete the application, 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).

Once those items are collected and the forms are completed, click here to apply.


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